Public transport is a public service and it should be run as such

John Finnie MSP Fri 20 Jul, 2018

“The biggest problem with the bus service is evenings and weekends. They start too late and finish too early,” says Catriona in Beauly. She’s one of hundreds of people who’ve been contributing in recent months to my Better Buses campaign. Bus journeys account for more than three quarters of all public transport journeys, and the crisis in this vital public service needs to go straight to the top of the new Transport Secretary’s to-do list.

Harvie: Pride Glasgow must avoid becoming bland celebration

Sat 14 Jul, 2018

Patrick Harvie, the Scottish Greens’ co-convener will today tell participants at Pride Glasgow that schools and workplace have much work to do to become safe places for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people.

Harvie, who will later join the parade from Clyde Place to Kelvingrove Park, will say that government action on creating an “inclusive education system”, where legislation is in place requiring all schools to be proactive in tackling homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, is long overdue.

Trump 'increasingly fascist', proved wrong on energy & jobs, says Harvie

Sun 8 Jul, 2018

Ahead of this week’s visit to the UK by the US President, long-time Trump critic Patrick Harvie MSP, co-convener of the Scottish Greens, says not only is the billionaire property developer “increasingly fascist” but time has proved him wrong on the economy.
 
In 2012, Mr Harvie challenged Trump during an inquiry by Holyrood’s economy, energy and tourism committee into renewable energy targets.
 

Scotland transformed: how we can overcome Brexit

Maggie Chapman Fri 6 Jul, 2018

Sunshine, blue skies, soaring temperatures, Scottish Parliament recess: summer is well and truly here! And we go into the summer with Scottish politics in what appears to be a steady state of turmoil. This turmoil is largely caused by the UK Government and its total inability to deal with the Brexit that it has caused. But Scotland can use its engaged, transformed and progressive public sphere to overcome this turmoil.

Tackling housing, diet & low incomes crucial to ease strain on 70-year-old NHS

Thu 5 Jul, 2018

Fixing the problems of damp, cold housing, poor diet and low incomes are crucial if Scotland is to ease the strain on the 70-year-old National Health Service, according to Scottish Greens health spokesperson Alison Johnstone MSP.

Marking today's anniversary of the creation of the NHS, Alison said:

"There is much that we can learn from the history of our health service. If we want to ensure that every generation looks forward to better health than the last, we have to renew the sense of collective care and ambition that was central to the NHS's founding 70 years ago.

New Transport Secretary needs to get on board with public opinion on bus services

Wed 4 Jul, 2018

New Transport Secretary Michael Matheson has work to do to get on board with public opinion on bus services, according to polling results published today (4 July) by the Scottish Greens.

Last month the Scottish Government published a long-awaited Transport Bill, which would enable public bodies to step in where private operators fail but Greens warn that this will not stop commercial interests "cherry-picking" the most profitable routes.

Serious overhaul of drugs strategy needed in light of record number of deaths

Tue 3 Jul, 2018

A serious overhaul of the government's drugs strategy is needed in light of new figures showing a record number of drug-related deaths in Scotland, according to Scottish Greens justice spokesperson John Finnie MSP.

The National Records of Scotland figures show there were 934 deaths in 2017, 66 (8 per cent) more than in 2016 and more than double the figure for 2007 (455). 

Plan to tackle obesity crisis unlikely to succeed unless ministers toughen up approach to big business

Mon 2 Jul, 2018

The latest government plan to tackle Scotland's obesity crisis is unlikely to succeed unless ministers toughen up their approach to profit-driven big food businesses and retailers, according to Scottish Greens health spokesperson Alison Johnstone MSP.

Today's 37-page "Diet & Healthy Weight Delivery Plan" has the aim of halving childhood obesity by 2030. 

Measures include:

Green MSP seeks views on Bill to strengthen local democracy

Fri 29 Jun, 2018

A Green MSP is launching a consultation on his draft proposal to strengthen local democracy by giving councils legal guarantees over their status, powers and finances.

If enacted, Andy Wightman’s draft Member's bill to incorporate the European Charter for Local Self-Government into Scots law would give citizens in Scotland the ability to challenge any action of the Scottish Government or Scottish Parliament which they consider violates the terms of the Charter.

We cannot be complacent on environmental protections as Brexit looms

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 29 Jun, 2018

Amid the hubbub of a cabinet reshuffle, a minister-in-waiting scandal and a shelved education bill, the growing threat facing Scotland’s environment has been somewhat overlooked this week.

Powers relating to most environmental matters, such as air quality, water, energy, food and farming are devolved to Scotland. To date, these powers have been used in the context of UK membership of the EU.