Harvie: Scotland needs a route out of Boris’ Brexit Britain

Tue 23 Jul, 2019

The people of Scotland must be given the chance to escape Boris Johnson’s Brexit Britain now that the Tory MP is set to become the UK’s new Prime Minister according to the Scottish Greens Co-Convenor Patrick Harvie MSP.  

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

“The people of Scotland didn’t vote for Brexit, we didn’t vote for a Tory government and I’m certain that given the choice we wouldn’t have voted for Boris Johnson either. 

Expert panel backs Green budget win 

Wed 17 Jul, 2019

An expert panel has backed a Scottish Greens proposal to tackle throwaway plastics by introducing a charge of around 25p on disposable drinks cup. [1]

Power is still linked to land in Scotland

Andy Wightman MSP Wed 17 Jul, 2019

At the heart of environmental concerns is the question of power - who has it, how they exercise it and to whom are they accountable.

Although the Scottish Government make great play of recent moves to empower communities, the reality is quite different.

The Community Empowerment Act was passed in 2015 and was designed to give communities a voice and enable citizens to have a greater say over their local area.

Scottish Greens welcome Greta Thunberg's challenge to MSPs

Tue 16 Jul, 2019

The Scottish Greens have welcomed a challenge set by climate activist Greta Thunberg that MSPs should “step up their game” in tackling climate change.

The Swedish climate strike leader was presented with an environmental award by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society for inspiring children across the globe to campaign vocally for action from politicians to address the climate emergency.

“It is important that older people and the people in power listen to young people,” Greta Thunberg said.

Urgent action required to tackle drugs emergency say Greens

Tue 16 Jul, 2019

Both the Scottish and UK Governments must take urgent action to tackle Scotland’s drugs death emergency following new figures [1], which revealed there were 1,187 drug deaths in 2018 according to Scottish Greens MSP John Finnie. 

The figures represent a 27% increase of the 2017, which were themselves record setting, and mean Scotland continues to have the highest rate of drugs deaths in Europe.

John Finnie MSP said:

Scotland's drug deaths are a national emergency

John Finnie MSP Tue 16 Jul, 2019

It is shocking to see Scotland with the one of the worst drug death rates in the world.

From tackling heroin and the AIDS threat in the 1990s to minimum unit pricing on alcohol, Scotland has a track record in harm reduction, which prioritises the health and safety of our people over moral judgement.

It's needed now more than ever.

We have seen London take an interest in Scotland’s approach to knife crime. Hopefully now the UK Government will take notice of progressive thinking on drugs policy, but I have my doubts.

Mark Ruskell wins Parliamentarian of the Month award for animal cruelty questions

Tue 9 Jul, 2019

Mark Ruskell has picked up an award for holding Michael Gove to account on post-Brexit regulation of chemical substances to make sure animals aren’t needlessly being subjected to testing.

The ‘parliamentarian of the month’ award from animal NGO Cruelty Free International comes after the Scottish Greens MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife raised the issue in the Scottish Parliament.

Local government finance figures show why Green votes matter

Thu 4 Jul, 2019

New figures complied by Scottish Parliament researchers show the urgent need for reform of the way local government is funded, according to the Scottish Greens.

A new independent briefing from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) reveals the downward trend in the local government revenue settlement has been reversed since the Scottish Greens began to exert an influence over SNP budgets.

Brexit to cost Scotland $1.5bn Lord of the Rings series

Thu 4 Jul, 2019

Scotland is set to lose out on being the location of a planned $1.5bn Lord of the Rings TV series due to Brexit, according to reports in New Zealand.

The New Zealand Herald has reported the country has instead been confirmed as the primary location for the Amazon production.

Why We Must Support Trans and Non-Binary People’s Rights

Women's Network, Rainbow and Young Greens Tue 2 Jul, 2019

As members of the Scottish Green Party Women’s Network, Rainbow Greens and Young Greens, we have been deeply saddened over the last year to see the things that have been said and done in the name of women’s rights, which have marginalised, stigmatised and denied legitimacy to our trans and non-binary siblings. Particularly so as our trans and non-binary siblings have stood shoulder to shoulder with us, campaigning for gender, social and environmental justice. We are richer, more caring and more inclusive in our policies thanks to our trans and non-binary members.