BBC plans must result in work for Scottish firms to benefit our economy

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 24 Feb

Scotland’s political landscape has been reacting this week to the BBC’s proposals to create a new TV channel for Scotland, with a nightly news programme combining domestic and international news from a Scottish perspective.

The Right Support for All Children 

Ross Greer MSP Tue 14 Feb

The sign of a good school is one where every pupil has the right support, where their needs as an individual are met and not just the needs of the class as a whole. With one in four school pupils in Scotland having an identified additional support need, ranging from autism or dyslexia to English as a second language or a physical disability, making sure that individual support is there can be a challenge but it is absolutely essential. 

We must invest in a better future for Scots seeking work

Alison Johnstone MSP Fri 10 Feb

The devolution of some aspects of the social security system is proving to be a huge opportunity for Scotland to show that a fairer society is possible. The package of powers devolved in the wake of the independence referendum was limited but even so, we can use these powers in creative ways to prove that we are a caring nation.

If they can do a deal for the City of London, they can do a deal for Scotland

Maggie Chapman Tue 7 Feb

Transcript of speech from 7 Feb 2017

Good afternoon everyone. Thank you for braving the wintry weather and coming along this afternoon to make your voices heard! I am Maggie Chapman, co-convener of the Scottish Greens, and I am pleased to see so many of you here.

We know that 62% of Scots voted to remain in the European Union. We know that many who voted to leave did so on the basis of staying in the single market. We know that many others who voted to leave now wished they had not.

Patrick Harvie: How we made the SNP budget lean to Green

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 3 Feb

Yesterday we saw the biggest budget concession in Holyrood's history, a deal for councils that would not have been possible without the hard work of the Green MSPs. It shows that it's possible for parties to stay true to their aims while finding common ground in the interests of the public.

The result is that Green MSPs have achieved more in a single budget than the Labour Party has in a decade of opposition.

Ross Greer: Independence is closer now than in 2014 but we need to get going

Ross Greer MSP Fri 27 Jan

Scotland’s in a tricky situation and like most, it’s not one we chose. Two years ago we were promised by Better Together that voting No was the only way to secure our place in the EU and that Scotland would be treated as an equal partner in the UK’s ‘family of nations’. We now know both of those promises to be false - though just under half of voters thought as much back then too.

We’re being taken for a ride by the stance on buses

Alison Johnstone MSP Tue 24 Jan

"For a while I had to stop going to events, to educational stuff to do research and I’ve even turned down work in Edinburgh.”

The words of Helen Jeffrey. Helen and her husband Rab, a retired couple from Bo’ness near Linlithgow, who have made the headlines with their plan to run a bus service between their town and Edinburgh since cuts in public funding have reduced local services.

Andy Wightman: Market forces that sell out our families

Andy Wightman MSP Fri 20 Jan

Every time I walk along South Bridge in Edinburgh, my eyes are always drawn to a small digital sign that sits unobtrusively outside a hotel advertising that day’s daily tariff. Over time, I’ve come to realise that you can expect to pay anything from £40 per night on a midweek day in winter through to £200 per night to stay within a stone’s throw of most cultural attractions at the height of the Festival in August. Whenever I see this sign I like to think of it as a sort of economic barometer.

We all create the wealth of our economy

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 13 Jan

The debate about economic inequality took a new turn this week, with coverage of the GINI coefficient, which measures how unequal each country is. Despite the widespread feeling that the gap between rich and poor has kept getting wider, new figures for the UK seem to show no significant change over the last decade or so. It’s worth thinking about what these figures mean.

Opposition parties can achieve so much when they refrain from needlessly posturing or being opportunistic

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 6 Jan

There are not many greater examples of why a country needs a principled, effective opposition than that of the feeble Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn at Westminster. The Tories have created so much uncertainty over our future relationship with Europe and Theresa May’s government is going unchallenged as she begins to implement tax cuts for big corporations and fossil fuel giants.

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