FM must set out bolder set of priorities such as investing in teachers, reforming local taxation & improving public transport

Tue 4 Sep, 2018

As the Scottish Parliament returns from Summer recess, the Scottish Greens are challenging the First Minister to set out a bolder set of priorities such as investing in new teachers, reforming local taxation and improving public transport.

Ahead of this afternoon’s (4 Sep) Programme for Government speech by Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP is warning that investment in teachers is needed more than ever given the time ministers wasted on an Education Bill that they were forced to shelve.

Greens deride First Minister for ‘forefront of low carbon travel’ claim

Mon 3 Sep, 2018

A Green MSP is accusing the First Minister of “green window dressing” after claiming that a £16m fund, and announcements in the 2018-19 Programme for Government, will place Scotland at the “forefront of low carbon travel”.

John Finnie, the Scottish Greens’ transport spokesperson, says the claim is hollow because Norway has pledged to phase out petrol and diesel vehicles by 2025, seven years ahead of the Scottish Government’s 2032 aim.

Ministers under pressure to devolve taxes as our research shows 8/10 Scots want councils to have new powers

Sun 2 Sep, 2018

Scottish Ministers preparing for this week’s return of parliament (w/b 3 Sep) are under pressure to devolve tax-raising powers after an opinion poll commissioned by the Scottish Greens showed more than 8 in 10 Scots want local councils to be able to raise funds from tourism, property and land.

It comes after repeated warnings from the Green MSPs that failure to reform local taxation would prevent any discussion with the minority SNP Government about the coming year’s budget.

Wouldn’t it be great if Scotland became known as the country that cracked congestion?

Alison Johnstone MSP Fri 31 Aug, 2018

“Now the latest travel with Victoria Lumsden…”

“In Dundee traffic is building up on the North side of the Tay Road Bridge. In Glasgow the M8 Eastbound has slow traffic between junction 22 Plantation and 19 Anderston, and in Edinburgh there’s heavy traffic on the A90 Queensferry Road…”

Ewing under pressure to rethink support for cruel exports of live farm animals as our poll shows Scots want a ban

Thu 30 Aug, 2018

The SNP’s Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing is under pressure to rethink his support for cruel exports of live farm animals for overseas slaughter, after an opinion poll commissioned by the Scottish Greens showed three out of four Scots want the practice banned.

A Panelbase poll of 1,000 Scots reveals that of those expressing an opinion, 73 per cent believe such movements should be banned, while 27 per cent believe they should be allowed. 

Greens oppose damaging west coast seaweed dredging proposal

Fri 24 Aug, 2018

Ahead of a Marine Scotland consultation closing tomorrow, a Green MSP is outlining his opposition to a proposal to allow for the mechanical dredging of wild seaweed in the waters off Scotland’s west coast.

John Finnie, the Scottish Greens’ Highlands and Islands MSP, says kelp beds, which would be damaged by dredging, are home to many marine species and play a role in fighting climate change by protecting the shoreline from erosion.

Why we must reach out and make the case for open, free and flexible borders

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 24 Aug, 2018

My summer holiday this year began with one last work commitment – I had accepted an invitation to speak at the Féile an Phobail – the West Belfast Festival – about independence, Brexit, and the connections between the Irish and Scottish situations in this unprecedented context. It’s pretty unarguable that both countries’ interests are being trampled on by the UK Government’s reckless approach.

Finnie questions governments commitment to public bid for ScotRail

Thu 23 Aug, 2018

A Green MSP is calling out what he sees as insufficient progress on the Scottish Government’s attempts to facilitate a public bid for ScotRail after ministers revealed the next franchise competition could effectively be delayed by three years.

John Finnie, the Scottish Greens’ transport spokesperson, received a letter from the transport secretary that revealed that the government will now also “give equal treatment” to private sector bidders.

Mr Finnie, the Green MSP for the Highlands and Islands, said:

It's time to dismantle the Crown Estate & transfer land & property to democratic control

Andy Wightman MSP Fri 17 Aug, 2018

Forty years ago, the first fish farms appeared in Scotland’s west coast sea lochs. No planning consent was required and as they spread, local politicians and campaigners became aware of the unaccountable and remote body that is the Crown Estate Commissioners. Since 1961, they have been responsible for managing Scotland’s Crown Estate and as their tentacles spread, they began demanding rents and levies from harbours and moorings that had previously invested in coastal facilities not ever imagining that they needed to pay rent for the privilege.

New Transport Secretary challenged to prioritise bus & rail, and drop outdated obsession with more & bigger roads

Wed 15 Aug, 2018

New Transport Secretary Michael Matheson is being challenged to prioritise bus and rail services, and drop the government’s “outdated obsession” with building more and bigger roads, as the Scottish Greens point to the failure of a £500million motorway project that promised to cut journey times by 20 minutes.