Wed 14 Jun, 2017

Greens have made more of an effort than most, with our work on Jobs in the New Economy showing that there’s far more to gain than to lose as we move away from fossil fuels, but only if we invest in making this change now. Patrick Harvie MSP

Patrick Harvie MSP, Economy spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (14 June) accused the other opposition parties at Holyrood of ignoring the need to invest in sustainable jobs, as they attempted to turn a debate on the economy into one on the constitution.

The Green amendment to the government's motion highlighted the Scottish economy's over-dependence on oil and gas, the need for well-paid work in low-carbon industries and redistribution of wealth.

The other opposition parties' amendments talked about independence.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

"In a debate about Scotland’s economy, all other parties are ignoring the urgent need for a transition toward sustainable industries which can generate high quality jobs that will last for the long term. Greens have made more of an effort than most, with our work on Jobs in the New Economy showing that there’s far more to gain than to lose as we move away from fossil fuels, but only if we invest in making this change now.

"It’s no surprise that the pro-UK parties are once again shouting about independence while demanding that nobody talks about independence. The reality is that it’s the UK Government and its hard Brexit agenda that poses the greatest economic threat and the greatest political instability. Its behind-closed-doors deal with the extremists of the DUP only makes that worse.

"Theresa May went to the electorate to seek a mandate for her approach to Brexit, and the people throughout the UK denied her that mandate. It’s vital now that her government changes course. The ball is in their court, if they expect Scotland to respond differently."


The Green amendment:
Leave out from "economic fundamentals" to end and insert "economy must serve the needs of citizens now and in the future by respecting the limited resources of the planet; notes Scotland’s continued overdependence on the fossil fuel industry and considers that this is a source of significant vulnerability; considers that the GDP growth of an economy is a poor indicator of the wellbeing of its citizens or the health of the ecosystem that sustains them; urges the Scottish Government to build on the steps that it has taken with the National Performance Framework and develop a comprehensive approach to measuring meaningful economic progress instead of continuing to place undue emphasis on GDP growth, and considers that economic development must focus on creating well-paid work, building local economies, ensuring fair redistribution of wealth, and developing low-carbon industries as a replacement for, rather than an addition to, the role of fossil fuels in Scotland’s economy."


Get involved

More like this

Our proposals would mean everyone earning less than the average wage would see their income tax reduce

Thu 12 Oct, 2017

The Scottish Green MSPs today (12 Oct) published a report showing how their policy of creating new rates and bands of income tax would make most Scots better off.

It comes after Scottish Ministers said they intend to bring forward a discussion paper on income tax ahead of the 2018-19 draft budget due in December.

Green MSPs gave their support for the 2017-18 budget after ministers agreed to cancel a proposed income tax cut for high earners and reverse proposed cuts of £160million to local council services. 

The government must be ready to listen before putting a budget before parliament

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 6 Oct, 2017

Party conference season is upon us. With Theresa May’s farcical performance in Manchester earlier this week, every other leader can be confident that’d be hard put to do any worse. This weekend it’s the turn of the SNP, whose members will no doubt be eager for some positive, upbeat announcements to cheer.

The first of these was announced on Tuesday; the temporary moratorium on fracking and other forms of extreme energy production will be extended. These technologies will not be deployed in Scotland, and this will certainly feature prominently in the First Ministers speech.

We must keep pushing the Scottish Government beyond its comfort zone

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 8 Sep, 2017

Over the summer I’ve spoken with both supporters and critics of the SNP who agree that the mood has been somewhat flat in recent years, compared with the more dynamic and innovative years of their first spell of minority government from 2007-11. The First Minister seemed to recognise this, indicating over the recess that her government had a need for a reset.