Scottish Greens: Nationalisation plans only first step to improving railways

Wed 17 Mar, 2021

Scottish Greens have welcomed the Scottish Government’s decision to take the railways under public ownership.

Transport Secretary Michael Matheson has confirmed ministers will not renew Scotrail operator Abellio’s contract and instead run the railways under an arm’s length company.

Responding, Scottish Greens transport spokesperson John Finnie said: “Greens have long called for public ownership of our railways, so we welcome this progress from the Scottish Government.

Scottish Greens: Vote Like Our Future Depends On It

Tue 16 Mar, 2021

Voters at the 2021 Holyrood election are being urged to ‘Vote Like Our Future Depends On It’ by the Scottish Greens.

The party unveiled the new slogan today as it launched its campaign for the election on 6 May.

Commenting, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie said: “Our future is at stake at this election. Climate science gives us just nine years to reverse climate breakdown, and the pandemic has shown up the gaps in our economy that allow too many people to fall into poverty.

UNCRC adoption builds on equal protection for children

Tue 16 Mar, 2021

Scottish Greens welcome the expected incorporation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into Scots law.

MSPs are expected to vote today to incorporate the convention, which gives equal rights to everyone under the age of 18.

The move follows new laws which give children equal protection from assault, brought by Scottish Green MSP John Finnie and which came into force in November.

UK Nuclear weapons expansion is delusional and dangerous

Tue 16 Mar, 2021

Plans to expand the UK’s nuclear weapons stockpile are delusional and dangerous when the world already facing existential threats from a virus and climate breakdown, the Scottish Greens have said.

As part of overall increased ‘defence’ spending, the announcement by the Prime Minister today to increase nuclear warheads by more then 40% reverses 30 years of disarmament. This goes against the objectives of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, a historic international agreement to reduce nuclear weapons stockpiles of which the UK is a key signatory.

Scottish Greens launch election campaign

Tue 16 Mar, 2021

Only the Scottish Greens have the solutions for a green recovery from the pandemic and tackling the climate emergency, the party will say today at its campaign launch for the 2021 Holyrood election.

The party’s lead candidates across Scotland will launch the party’s slogan for the election this morning, with co-leader Patrick Harvie and parliamentary co-leader Alison Johnstone MSP attending a press event on Calton Hill in Edinburgh.

Greens: Monarchy would ‘hold Scotland back’ after independence

Fri 12 Mar, 2021

The monarchy is an "outdated" and "discredited" system that would "hold back" an independent Scotland, say the Scottish Greens.

Commenting on the revelations and allegations of the last week, Patrick Harvie, the Co-leader of the Scottish Greens said:

"The revelations from the last few days, and other recent scandals, raise serious questions about the attitudes and values of the Royal Family and those around them. They also serve as a reminder that the Monarchy itself is an outdated, discredited and totally undemocratic institution."

FMQs: Scottish Greens call out SNP climate hypocrisy

Thu 11 Mar, 2021

The Scottish Greens have called out Scottish Government complaints about Boris Johnson’s Union Connectivity Review as hypocritical when the SNP commit to the same climate-wrecking transport policies.

At First Minister’s Questions, Scottish Greens parliamentary co-leader Alison Johnson raised the fact the reckless policies of cutting air taxes and expanding major roads included in the UK Government plans are also policies of the Scottish Government.

Marine Scotland willing to look the other way on Acoustic Deterrents say Greens

Thu 11 Mar, 2021

The Scottish Greens have accused Marine Scotland of “looking the other way” when it comes to the use of Acoustic Deterrent Devices (ADDs) at fish farms.

Scottish Greens environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell yesterday challenged Natural Environment Minister Ben McPherson to commit to taking legal action against fish farms which continue to use ADDs without a license.

ADDs have been shown to cause serious injury and lasting damage seals as well interfering with the echo location of other marine mammals such as whales and dolphins.

New poll shows Greens crucial in independence majority

Thu 11 Mar, 2021

A new opinion poll for the Holyrood elections shows the Scottish Greens winning a record number of seats and playing a crucial riole in securing a pro-independence majority in the Scottish Parliament.

The latest poll for Savanta ComRes shows the SNP would be short of a majority but with the Scottish Greens on 10% for the regional list vote, pro-independence parties would still have a comfortable majority.

Greens: Elimination will require more to test and isolate

Wed 10 Mar, 2021

Scotland must do more to step up testing and support people to self-isolate if we are to eliminate COVID-19, the Scottish Greens have warned.

At Holyrood’s COVID committee, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said her objective was to “eliminate” COVID-19 in Scotland.