Prime Minister’s rebranded council useless

Thu 13 Jan, 2022

Responding to reports that the Prime Minister will convene a council of the devolved nations, Scottish Greens MSP Ross Greer said:

“Boris Johnson has achieved the remarkable feat of uniting the entire Holyrood parliament in the belief that he is utterly unfit for the job. Even his own MSPs have finally had enough.

“The Scottish Tories are revolting, and it now looks like they themselves are tired of being led by an unaccountable Westminster elite who don’t give two hoots about Scotland.

Greens welcome real protection for Clyde cod

Thu 13 Jan, 2022

Scottish Greens have welcomed the removal of exemptions for dredging and trawling in the Firth of Clyde which would have threatened Cod spawning grounds.

For years these exemptions have allowed bottom-trawling and scallop dredging to continue uninterrupted during the closed period designed to allow fish stocks to recover, in stark contrast to other seasonal protections for cod spawning grounds. These exemptions have now been removed.

Commenting, Scottish Greens environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell said:

Greens welcome school ventilation funding boost

Tue 11 Jan, 2022

Scottish Greens have welcomed extra funding to improve ventilation in schools and nurseries to help prevent the spread of COVID.

Green MSPs have consistently raised the issue of safety in schools and the need to have options in addition to opening windows to maintain safe airflow – especially during the cold winter.

Extra funding for ventilations systems was proposed by Scottish Greens health spokesperson Gillian Mackay last week during parliament’s virtual session and announced today by the First Minister.

Boris Johnson utterly unfit to be Prime Minister

Tue 11 Jan, 2022

Responding to the latest reports of pandemic related rule breaking at Downing Street, Gillian Mackay, Scottish Greens MSP for Central Scotland, said:

Greens: Workers key to Hunterston transition

Fri 7 Jan, 2022

Workers are key to a just transition at the Hunterston nuclear plant, which retires today, according to the Scottish Greens.

The nuclear sector has used the occasion to call for more subsidies, despite the UK Government already subsidising the sector and proposing to charge bill payers upfront to pay for nuclear power stations that haven’t even been built yet, like at Hinkley Point.

Greens: Schools need ventilation assistance

Wed 5 Jan, 2022

The return of schools during the Omicron wave must be supported with further safety measures, the Scottish Greens have said.

At the First Minister’s Covid update today, Scottish Greens health spokesperson Gillian Mackay raised the fact schools could still face severe disruptions despite the fact the decision has been made for them to remain open.

Every secondary pupil has been asked to take a lateral flow test before returning to school, but in many schools it is very difficult to maintain safe distancing or good ventilation.

Patrick Harvie: Leader’s Hogmanay message

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 31 Dec, 2021

At the end of the second full year of the covid pandemic it’s only natural to reflect on what’s just happened, remember those who are no longer with us and give thanks for all those working hard to keep us safe.

But it’s also been a fascinating year for the Scottish Green Party. In May’s election we secured our biggest ever vote and subsequently entered government for the first time. Since then Lorna Slater and I have been working hard to implement our cooperation agreement which has as its core objective building a fairer, greener Scotland.

Two and a half year wait for autism assessments in Fife

Wed 29 Dec, 2021

Young people in Fife are being forced to wait an average of two and a half years for an autism assessment, Scottish Greens Mid Scotland and Fife MSP Mark Ruskell has revealed.

The average waiting time was confirmed in a letter from Fife Health and Social Care Partnership to Mr Ruskell. The local health and social care partnership also confirmed that 1085 young people in Fife were waiting for an assessment at the beginning of December.

Commenting, Mark Ruskell MSP said:

UK licensed £2.8bn worth of arms to human rights abusers since Boris Johnson became PM

Mon 27 Dec, 2021

Analysis of UK government figures by the Scottish Greens shows that the UK has licensed £2.8 billion worth of arms to human rights abusers and repressive regimes since Boris Johnson became Prime Minister in July 2019.

The Scottish Greens compared government arms export data from the time period with a list of countries ranked as ‘not free’ by Freedom House, a US-government funded human rights monitoring group.

By far the largest buyer of UK arms is Saudi Arabia, which accounts for £1.7 billion worth of the value of arms licensed.

Scottish Greens call for today’s boxing day hunts to be the last

Sun 26 Dec, 2021

The Scottish Greens have called for fox hunting to be banned, consigning boxing day hunts to history.

Despite a widely held belief that hunting was banned nearly twenty years ago in Scotland, loopholes in the law means it continues to take place regularly, and boxing day is the busiest day of the year for hunters.

Scottish Greens environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP said: