Finnie slams Serco appointment

Fri 20 Sep, 2019

Scottish Greens Transport Spokesperson John Finnie MSP has slammed the Scottish Government for maintaining its association with Serco, after ministers appointed the disreputable company as the preferred bidder for the Northern Isles Ferry Services.  

Highlands and Islands John Finnie MSP said: 

“I’m astonished that the Scottish Government has decided to maintain its relationship with such a disreputable company by selecting them as the preferred bidder for the lifeline northern isles ferry services. 

Nicola Sturgeon challenged to meet expectations of young people

Thu 19 Sep, 2019

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon must rise to meet the expectations of Scotland’s young people, the Scottish Greens have said.

At First Ministers Questions, co-leader Patrick Harvie raised the broken promises and failing case for the union, including the news that David Cameron was so desperate in 2014 he asked the Queen to intervene in the debate on independence.

People aged 16-20 have never had a say on independence. Patrick Harvie called for the more than 200,000 young people who have been too young to vote on Scotland’s future to be given a say.

Responsibility for named person shambles lies with Swinney 

Thu 19 Sep, 2019

The Cabinet Secretary for Education doesn’t have far to look far to establish where responsibility lies for the shambles that the government have made of the ‘unquestionably legitimate’ named persons child-protection policy, according to Scottish Greens Education Spokesperson Ross Greer MSP. 

Greer told Mr Swinney this afternoon that Parliament’s Education committee has been completed vindicated in its refusal to proceed with his ‘unsound’ Information Sharing bill in 2017.

Ross Greer MSP said: 

Call for local tax reform welcomed by Greens

Thu 19 Sep, 2019

The Scottish Greens have welcomed a report by IPPR Scotland for the STUC calling for bolder use of Scotland’s powers over local taxation.

The Thinking bigger on tax in Scotland report investigates different options for new powers for councils to raise revenue, concluding that further work would be required to cost the proposals.

Responding, Scottish Greens local government spokesperson Andy Wightman said: “Powers to give councils new forms of taxation have been devolved to Scotland since 1999, but successive governments have been too timid to take them on.

Wales takes first step towards equal protection, now Scotland must lead the way

Wed 18 Sep, 2019

Scottish Green MSP John Finnie has welcomed progress on equal protection of children in Wales.

The Welsh bill to remove the legal defence of ‘reasonable punishment’ was backed at its first stage in the Senedd today, with AMs voting for the proposed legislation.

Next month John Finnie’s Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Member's Bill is expected to complete its parliamentary journey at Holyrood, which will remove the legal defence of ‘justifiable assault’ from Scots law.

Greens respond to hospitals inquiry announcement 

Tue 17 Sep, 2019

The Scottish Government’s announcement that a public inquiry will be held to examine issues at the new Royal Hospital for Children and Young People (RHCYP) and the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) sites is welcome, but must not be limited in scope by the minister says the Scottish Greens Health Spokesperson Alison Johnstone 

Alison Johnstone MSP said: 

Indyref2 needs a bold economic case for independence

Tue 17 Sep, 2019

The SNP cannot repeat the mistake of promising the continuation of a failed economic model after independence if it wants to win an indyref2, the Scottish Greens have said.

Ahead of the fifth anniversary of the 2014 vote, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie said the events of the last five years have made a second independence referendum inevitable, but that the next vote should be held on a more radical prospectus.

Loch Lomond: Flamingo Land Application Withdrawn

Tue 17 Sep, 2019

Responding to reports that Flamingo Land have withdrawn their planning application to develop land at Loch Lomond, West Scotland Green MSP Ross Greer said:

Electoral Commission fine Scottish Unionist Association Trust

Tue 17 Sep, 2019

Responding to the news that the Electoral Commission has today (17 Sep) fined the Scottish Unionist Association Trust, Green MSP Ross Greer said: 

Greens respond to Sleeper strike action

Mon 16 Sep, 2019

Responding to reports that the RMT are to take industrial action, Scottish Greens Transport Spokesperson John Finnie MSP said:

“Serco is an entirely disreputable company that has a long record of mismanaging public services.