Greens make final push for second votes

For immediate release 3 May 2011

The Scottish Greens today launched a final push for the Holyrood election, urging Scots to give the party their second votes on Thursday. At a photocall outside Holyrood this morning the party unveiled a giant inflatable green 2 to symbolise their campaign bid for second votes.

Patrick Harvie said:

"While others have run campaigns based on fear and empty promises, Greens have set out a consistently practical and positive programme for the next Parliament. Our campaign has made cast-iron promises on keeping tuition free, on insulating every home in Scotland, and bringing in fairer taxes to cut household bills for most Scots and to invest in our essential public services. The polls suggest that more and more Scots are planning to give their second votes to their local Green candidates on Thursday, and we could be on the brink of winning seats in every region.

"During this election Greens have set out a clear vision for the better Scotland we believe is possible, a vision we believe people across Scotland share. This country has extraordinary potential, and is blessed with both phenomenal natural resources and a long history of innovation and creativity. But we have also been held back by sterile political debates, an economy that devalues its workforce, and a consistent failure of vision both at Westminster and at Holyrood.

"The second vote is vital. It might not tell you who governs Scotland. But it'll certainly tell you who they have to govern with. That can only mean one of the coalition parties or the Greens. If you want a Scottish Parliament that builds a positive alternative to the coalition's ideological cuts agenda, only a second vote for the Greens can deliver it."