GREEN YES CAMPAIGN WELCOMES KIRK REPORT
Green Yes, the Scottish Green party's campaign for a Yes vote in the independence referendum, is welcoming a major report by the Church of Scotland which highlights the importance of fairness and justice over wealth in the debate.
Imagining Scotland's Future is based on the views of more than 900 people who attended 32 community events. The findings echo much of what the Green Yes campaign has been talking about.
Participants strongly supported high quality public services, opposed the use of nuclear weapons, and called for less spending on defence and more focus on peace.
Patrick Harvie, Green MSP for Glasgow and co-convener of the Scottish Greens, said:
"It's refreshing to have another set of voices in this debate saying they're not considering whether they'd be slightly better off or not, and that instead they are thinking how we can build a better society. Anyone trying to sway undecided voters with talk of being £500 richer or poorer is on a hiding to nothing.
"We already know from our own extensive Green survey that fairness is a huge motivating factor, and in our view we have a greater chance of achieving that fairer society with a Yes vote. The Church is to be commended for a meaningful contribution which I think poses difficult questions for those campaigning for a No vote. They are clearly at odds with a public desire to ditch austerity, ban Trident and tackle inequality."