Escalating Brexit crisis shows Scotland needs option of independence in EU

Wed 16 Jan, 2019

The escalating Brexit crisis shows the need for Scotland to be given the option of becoming an independent member of the EU, according to Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP.

Speaking in Holyrood this afternoon in response to last night's Commons defeat of the Prime Minister's Brexit deal, Mr Harvie said:

Other parties ignoring evidence on climate change

Tue 15 Jan, 2019

Greens have slammed other parties for ignoring the evidence on climate change after they blocked calls to speed up renewable energy and oil and gas decommissioning in a Scottish Parliament debate today (15 Jan 19).
 
SNP, Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat MSPs voted against Mark Ruskell’s amendment which urged an accelerated energy transition in response to the most recent warnings of catastrophic climate change.  
 

We need to be united in our resolve never to let the far right become normalised

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 11 Jan, 2019

Back in 2016, few people could have predicted quite how chaotic the Brexit crisis would become.

But it’s not only a crisis in parliamentary debating chambers and government institutions. The toxic values which have been cultivated and unleashed by the Brexit cause have been spilling out in far more public ways, and this week many people began to take notice.

SNP & Tory MSPs block our call for funding to help farmers cut climate emissions

Thu 10 Jan, 2019

Green MSPs have slammed the SNP for letting down climate-friendly farmers who want to lead the fight to avoid a global climate emergency.

The stinging criticism comes after SNP and Tory MSPs used today’s Holyrood debate on Future Rural Policy to block calls from the Greens’ environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP for extra funding to help farmers to cut their emissions to net-zero

Ministers agree to Greer's call to look at risk of post-Brexit people-trafficking

Thu 10 Jan, 2019

Scottish Ministers today (10 Jan) agreed to a Green MSP's call to look into the threat of increased people-trafficking as a result of the UK Government's proposed post-Brexit immigration system.

The current system for ‘third country’ or non-EEA nationals, defined by the Conservatives’ ‘hostile environment’ policies, has been found to make tackling human trafficking harder and is regularly exploited by traffickers. With the extension of this system to cover some 450 million European nationals, expectations are that the number of human trafficking victims in the UK could increase.

Vulnerable children to suffer unless SNP cuts to council budgets prevented

Thu 10 Jan, 2019

Many of Scotland’s most vulnerable children are set to suffer unless the SNP’s proposed cuts to council budgets are prevented, according to Scottish Green MSPs.

Green pressure for action on animal welfare pays off

Wed 9 Jan, 2019

Scottish Green MSPs say their consistent pressure for action to improve animal welfare prompted today’s (9 Jan) announcements from the Scottish Government on CCTV in abattoirs, stronger penalties for animal cruelty and fresh legislation on fox hunting.

Scottish Greens food and farming spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP said:

Wightman warns Finance Secretary against smoke & mirrors on local gov funding

Wed 9 Jan, 2019

Scottish Greens local government spokesperson Andy Wightman MSP has blasted Finance Secretary Derek Mackay for continuing to mask multi-million budget cuts with ‘smoke and mirrors’ on local government funding.

Grilling the Finance Secretary at the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee today (9 January 2019), Mr Wightman highlighted that the true extent of ringfenced funding to councils for national commitments is far greater than Ministers claim, resulting in hundreds of millions of pounds in real terms cuts.

Andy Wightman MSP said:

Finnie questions bus services funding reduction

Wed 9 Jan, 2019

Following questions to the Minister for Public Finance & Digital Economy. Highlands and Islands Green MSP John Finnie has called on the Scottish Government to prioritise the provision of bus services, in light of a reduction in support for bus services in its draft budget 

Ruskell's plan for safer speed limits will counter obesity says child health expert

Sun 6 Jan, 2019

Proposed legislation by a Green MSP for a safer speed limit in built-up areas will help counter the obesity epidemic by making outdoor activity a more attractive option for children and their families, according to a leading child health expert.

In a blog supporting Mark Ruskell's Restricted Roads (20 mph Speed Limit) (Scotland) Bill, Professor Steve Turner, Officer for Scotland, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, writes: