Another day at the office - another knife in the back

comms Wed 1 Sep, 2010

Yesterday my ward colleague Cllr Rob Merson (SNP) sprang an emergency motion to remove me as Vice Chair of the Formartine Area Committee. To my astonishment, Rob was unable to clearly articulate what the emergency was - but the Chair Cllr John Loveday (LibDem) agreed to take the motion. And the motion was passed.

Aberdeenshire Council will have to do much better

comms Tue 31 Aug, 2010

Aberdeenshire Council is failing to meet its own targets on sustainability and cutting greenhouse gas emissions. This has been confirmed by the latest data collected by the Council to monitor its performance against the commitments in its Sustainability Charter. It is clear too that the Council will not achieve the reductions in carbon emissions required by legislation unless it dramatically improves.

Greens oppose UK backtracking on ship-to-ship oil transfer

Fri 25 Jun, 2010

Robin Harper MSP has today strongly criticised a group of MPs at Westminster for attempting to overturn regulations on ship-to-ship oil transfers, such as those proposed for the Firth of Forth, and has lodged a motion at Holyrood pressing UK Ministers to retain the rules. A similar motion has been lodged at Westminster by Labour MP Mark Lazarowicz.


Tue 22 Jun, 2010

For immediate release 22 June 2010

Greens today argued that George Osborne's first Budget is an act of ideological vandalism from the right-wing alliance of the Tories and Lib Dems, with political cover provided by Labour's failures, and that Scotland will pay a significant and unnecessary price. The party believes that, the UK-wide deficit could be reduced entirely by a more progressive taxation system and a clampdown on tax loopholes and tax avoidance.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

SNP vanity projects a major threat to Glasgow Subway

Thu 17 Jun, 2010

For immediate release 17 June 2010

Speaking ahead of a debate on Glasgow's Subway tonight at Holyrood (on motion S3M-6195), Green MSP for Glasgow Patrick Harvie heavily criticised SNP transport policy and its impact on Glasgow's public transport projects.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Scottish Ministers have zero ambition on waste

Wed 9 Jun, 2010

For immediate release 9 June 2010

Hunterston plant would be a dirty great mistake

Wed 2 Jun, 2010

For immediate release 2 June 2010

Public access at Menie - again

comms Tue 1 Jun, 2010

I have had reported to me three more incidents where people were stopped on the Menie Estate. References to previous incidents can be found here.

One incident I regard as very serious. I quote from part of an email from a young woman horse-rider:

Council should consider an ASBO

comms Mon 31 May, 2010

There are some people who just don't understand the limits of acceptable behaviour - and as a result make life very difficult for their neighbours. Fortunately, it's only a very small minority who cause such problems - but the consequences for those living next door can be devastating.

Serious questions over future of Climate Minister

Thu 27 May, 2010

For immediate release 27 May 2010

The Green MSPs have tonight questioned the judgement of Stewart Stevenson, the Climate Change Minister, following two rejections of Mr Stevenson's proposed climate targets, firstly nine days ago in the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee, and secondly tonight in the Chamber by 64 votes to 62.

Patrick Harvie MSP said: