Young people need a solution, not empty words from FM 

Thu 6 Aug, 2020

Responding to remarks from the First Minister that her younger self would 'very possibly' have joined exams protest, Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP said: 

SQA Appeals: Greens Demand ‘No Detriment’ Policy

Thu 6 Aug, 2020

Scottish Greens Education Spokesperson Ross Greer MSP has called for the SQA to adopt a ‘no detriment’ policy for its appeals process, to ensure a fairer outcome for the thousands of young people who saw their grades lowered by SQA moderators.

Greens welcome jobs guarantee but call for more action 

Wed 5 Aug, 2020

Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP today welcomed a commitment from the Scottish Government to deliver a Scottish job guarantee but warned that greater investment would be required if it was to deliver for every young person in Scotland. 

Commenting on the Economy Secretary’s response to the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery report and the Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board report Mr Harvie cautioned that the Scottish Government’s position was ‘underwhelming’. 

Patrick Harvie MSP said: 

Finnie calls for action to understand impact of tourism 

Wed 5 Aug, 2020

Highlands and Islands MSP John Finnie, the Scottish Green Party’s spokesperson on Tourism, has called on Cabinet Secretary Fergus Ewing, “to commission independent research into the social and environmental impact of tourism in Scotland.” 

Following a flurry of bad publicity surrounding the irresponsible behaviour of a number of tourists in the Highlands, Mr Finnie said:  

Patrick Harvie responds to Tory coronation 

Wed 5 Aug, 2020

Responding to the installation by Boris Johnson of Douglas Ross as leader of the Conservatives in Scotland, Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP said: 

“Just months ago, the Scottish Tories were maintaining the pretence that they were something different from the extremist No-Deal Brexiteers of the Boris Johnson camp. Today the installation of Douglas Ross as their part time, absentee leader without even asking their members confirms that there isn’t a hint of difference between them.

Scottish Greens demand government stops neglecting Argyll 

Wed 5 Aug, 2020

Scottish Greens Transport Spokesperson John Finnie MSP has called on the Scottish Government to stop neglecting Argyll and demanded a radical rethink on how the Scottish Government’s transport budget is spent after yet more landslips at the Rest and Be Thankful. 

The Highlands and Islands MSP made the call following the most recent incident of large, multiple landslips blocking not only the vital A83 into Cowal, Mid Argyll, and beyond, but also the Old Military Road typically used as a diversion during previous incidents. 

John Finnie MSP said: 

‘Disturbing’ SQA system fails results day test 

Tue 4 Aug, 2020

Scottish Greens Education Spokesperson Ross Greer MSP has slammed the Scottish Qualifications Authority for the "disturbing and grossly unequal" results of its grading system, calling for the exams authority to appear before Parliament immediately to explain what has happened.

The West Scotland MSP, who has led criticism of the SQA over its lack of transparency and refusal to publish details of its moderation system until today, has warned that the inevitable volume of appeals will significantly increase teacher workload just days before schools are due to reopen.

Urgent action needed to tackle drug deaths 

Mon 3 Aug, 2020

Responding to the publication of the Scottish Drug Deaths Taskforce One Year Report, Scottish Greens MSP John Finnie said: 

“Scotland’s drug deaths crisis requires urgent action. This public health emergency was responsible for almost 1,200 deaths in 2018, while the figures for 2019 have been delayed by dithering at the Crown Office. 

Business support must benefit workers

Fri 31 Jul, 2020

Scottish Enterprise support for hospitality businesses must come with fair work conditionality if the Scottish Government is to build back better, the Scottish Greens have warned.

The call comes as a new Hotel Recovery Programme is launched, providing individual grants of up to £250,000.

Conditionality is a key recommendation of the Scottish Government’s economic recovery advisory group, led by Benny Higgins. Its report said: “The use of conditions in the allocation of grants and loans should be pursued actively.” 

UK internal market white paper is a threat to democracy

Thu 30 Jul, 2020

The UK’s internal market white paper poses a threat to devolution and Scotland’s democracy, the Scottish Greens have warned.

Fears raised by the Scottish Greens about the white paper last week have since been echoed by the Scottish and Welsh Governments.

Over 2,800 people have written to UK Business Secretary Alok Sharma via the Scottish Greens website to reject the proposals.