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FMQs: SNP asked to explain environmental court snub

Thu 5 Oct, 2017

The government’s green credentials were called into question again today when the First Minister was asked to reconsider her government’s position against creating a specialist environmental court, or tribunal, when the UK leaves the European Union.

Forget air tax cuts, let's invest in the public transport we all use

John Finnie MSP Fri 29 Sep, 2017

Rail passengers in Scotland will see another rise in regulated rail fares from January next year, this time by 3.6%. So when I heard that the Scottish Government was to announce a transport policy aimed at reducing fares, I thought great! Only, this wasn’t for public transport, but airline tickets.

Transport Scotland report highlights policy mistakes say Greens

Tue 26 Sep, 2017

The government’s latest Transport and Travel in Scotland report shows the need for ministers to “step up investment” in public transport say the Greens.

Scottish Greens’ transport spokesperson John Finnie also says the government needs to “get real” on its transport policy and begin a shift away from investing in the most polluting forms of transport.

Programme for Government shows Green influence but ministers must go further to make Scotland fairer

Tue 5 Sep, 2017

Scottish Green MSPs said today's Programme for Government, outlined by the First Minister in Parliament, showed the benefit of Green influence but warned that ministers must be prepared to go further to make Scotland fairer.

Nicola Sturgeon announced that her government will support a raft of Green policies, including:

A Green Programme for Government: Make Scotland Fairer, Create a Clean Economy

Sun 3 Sep, 2017

Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, today (3 Sep) laid down a challenge to the SNP Scottish Government and Holyrood's other parties by outlining an alternative Green Programme for Government ahead of this week's return to parliamentary business.

Overwhelming Support For Child Protection Proposal

Thu 24 Aug, 2017

John Finnie MSP, Justice spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (24 Aug) welcomed the overwhelming support for his proposed Member’s Bill to give children Equal Protection from assault.

Tory MP condemned by Green MSP for gypsy travellers comments

Wed 23 Aug, 2017

John Finnie MSP, Justice spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (23 Aug) condemned comments by Tory MP Douglas Ross.

In an online interview, Mr Ross is asked what he would do if he were Prime Minister for a day, to which he replies: "Tougher enforcement against gypsy travellers."

It follows condemnation of the Tories by the Greens earlier this week after two Conservative councillors suspended for online abuse and racist comments were readmitted to Ruth Davidson's party.

Rail fare rise unacceptable say Greens

Tue 15 Aug, 2017

It’s too soon to ask rail passengers to pay a fare rise say the Scottish Greens, especially for a ScotRail service that “rarely impresses”.

Green MSP John Finnie says the increase in regulated rail fares from January 2018 announced today is another example of why privatised railways are “an enormous failed experiment”.

John Finnie MSP, the Scottish Greens’ transport spokesperson, said:

Green MSP wants answers on Ajax hooligans decision

Mon 31 Jul, 2017

A Green MSP is seeking answers from the Scottish Government as to why visiting Dutch football fans, accused of attacking supporters and vandalising pubs prior to a match in Glasgow in 2015, will not be prosecuted.

John Finnie MSP, the Scottish Greens’ justice spokesperson, has lodged a number of parliamentary questions to find out why the decision was taken not to charge suspected Ajax supporters accused of rampaging down the Gallowgate area of Glasgow prior to a Europa League match with Celtic two years ago.

Indefensible that we are still allowed to assault our children

John Finnie MSP Fri 28 Jul, 2017

"There are some things where Scotland is doing very, very well and there are some things that are absolutely shocking, where Scotland is coming last in the world. We still in Scotland say that it's okay for a parent or carer to assault a child for the purpose of physical punishment. I think it really goes against the basic values that we hold in Scotland in terms of human dignity and respect for children.”

These recent comments by Bruce Adamson, Scotland's new children's commissioner, underline the need to revisit our outdated attitude towards smacking.