Let’s not go down with Brexit. It’s time we charted our own course

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 16 Nov, 2018

After months of build-up, we finally have a deal. And what a thing of beauty it is. This monumental act of self-harm is making almost everyone unhappy. From the Brextremists of the Rees-Mogg tendency, and the arch-unionists of the DUP, right through to ardent Remain supporters and the independence movement in Scotland.

The reaction to the deal is telling. Labour’s priority is to agitate for an election, yet we know from opinion polls they have failed to land a blow on this hapless Tory government, so the great Corbyn victory they are hoping for looks as distant as ever.

FMQs: Greens ready for fresh independence in Europe campaign

Thu 15 Nov, 2018

Patrick Harvie, the Scottish Greens’ co-convener is vowing to kick-start his party’s campaign for Scotland to remain in the European Union as an independent member state.

During First Minister’s Questions at Holyrood, Mr Harvie pressed for the “precise timescale for offering people a choice over the country’s future”, promised at the end of the Brexit negotiations by Nicola Sturgeon in June 2017.

Harvie on draft Brexit deal: It’s not too late to stop the mess

Wed 14 Nov, 2018

Reacting to the draft Brexit agreement published tonight, Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP said:

"After months of build-up, Theresa May has returned triumphant with this damp squib of a deal. The one thing we can be sure of is that this won’t be implemented as it stands, such is the act of self-harm it would represent.

Greer steps up call for action amid fear music teachers could disappear from schools for good

Wed 14 Nov, 2018

Scottish Greens education spokesperson Ross Greer MSP today (14 Nov) stepped up his call for action from government after the country's biggest teaching union raised the prospect that music teachers could soon disappear from schools for good.

At today's meeting of Holyrood's Education Committee, Mr Greer highlighted that local councils facing funding pressures are cutting staff, as well as charging for tuition, pricing many children out of learning an instrument.

Scot Gov plans to increase incineration seven-fold in the next three years

Wed 14 Nov, 2018

The Scottish Greens today (14 Nov) challenged the Scottish Government over its plans to increase the incineration of waste to over 1 million tonnes per year in the next three years – seven times the amount currently burnt.

Ruskell welcomes inquiry by Holyrood committee into Safer Streets bill

Fri 9 Nov, 2018

Scottish Green MSP Mark Ruskell, whose Safer Streets bill aims to reduce injuries and deaths by making 20mph the standard speed limit in built-up areas, today (9 Nov) welcomed the launch of an inquiry by Holyrood's Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee into the proposal. 

Despite SNP & Tory opposition, I am determined to tackle the bulldozed tracks ravaging Scotland's hillsides

Andy Wightman MSP Fri 9 Nov, 2018

Earlier this week, a coalition of environmental and animal welfare organisations together with the think-tank Commonspace, launched the Revive Coalition. Its mission it to secure fundamental reform of the way in which up to 20% of the land area of Scotland is currently managed for grouse shooting. In a report co-authored by Dr Ruth Tingay and myself, we set out the range of negative environmental impacts associated with the increased intensification of grouse moor management over recent years.

Scottish Greens welcome inclusive education commitment

Thu 8 Nov, 2018

Today (8 November) the Scottish Greens, the first party to back the TIE campaign for LGBTI inclusive education in Scotland, welcomed the Government’s announcement that it would accept in full the recommendations of the LGBTI Inclusive Education Working Group’s report.

Ross Greer MSP, Scottish Green Spokesperson for Education, said:

Harvie welcomes Holyrood endorsement of People's Vote

Wed 7 Nov, 2018

Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie tonight (7 Nov) welcomed the vote at Holyrood to endorse a People's Vote, so people throughout the UK can have a final chance to cancel Brexit.

Last month, Scottish Green party members voted at their Autumn conference to back the policy of a People’s Vote, a campaign already being led by Caroline Lucas MP and the Green Party of England & Wales.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Ross Greer demands action on school music tuition barriers

Wed 7 Nov, 2018

A Green MSP is demanding government action to stop musical instrument tuition becoming an exclusive activity after Holyrood’s education committee heard from a young person how skyrocketing charges are creating ‘Victorian’ levels of inequality in music.

Linlithgow Academy pupil and MSYP Alice Ferguson explained how her school band had lost members because pupils now have to pay £382 a year, Alice said, “It is only the privileged that are getting to do music now - it’s like Victorian times, where only the elite get these opportunities. This increases inequality”.