University testing essential say Greens

Mon 14 Sep, 2020

The Scottish Government must ensure that walk-through coronavirus testing facilities are open and operational in all of Scotland’s universities towns, Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP has said.

The testing system broke down last month when pupils returned to school, and with universities beginning their terms Mr Harvie has called on the Scottish Government to ensure that this isn’t repeated.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Scottish Greens call for 2021 exams to be cancelled

Fri 11 Sep, 2020

The Scottish Greens have called for the 2021 exam diet to be cancelled, stating that it is too great a risk to assume that exams will be able to take place nine months from now without disruption.

The BBC and other outlets have reported comments made by the Education Secretary John Swinney confirming that the Government's current objective is to run a 'full 2021 exam diet'.

Scottish Greens comment on survation poll

Fri 11 Sep, 2020

Commenting on a new Survation poll which shows that the Scottish Greens are set to elect more MSPs than ever before at the next Scottish Parliament election, that the Scottish Greens are the only opposition party to enjoy an increase in support, and that support for independence has also increased, Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Scottish Greens: BBC has duty on public health messages

Fri 11 Sep, 2020

The BBC has a duty to ensure public health messages and information reaches as many people as possible, the Scottish Greens have said.

The public service broadcaster has decided to stop airing the First Minister’s daily briefing on Coronavirus, just as cases are rising across the country and public health advice is becoming more varied.

Scottish Greens: Access to tests vital for students

Fri 11 Sep, 2020

Scotland’s COVID-19 testing capacity must be ready for the start of the university term, the Scottish Greens have said.

At First Minister’s Questions, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie raised the fact that the system had been overloaded when schools returned, with many parents having to travel hundreds of miles to access a test.

Patrick Harvie said: “We saw that the testing system broke down when children returned to school last month. With university terms commencing next week, we need to make sure the same doesn’t happen again, and that students are kept safe.

WWF report must be wake up call for Scottish Government

Fri 11 Sep, 2020

A new report by the WWF showing the alarming decline in wildlife populations must be a ‘wake up call’ to the Scottish Government, the Scottish Greens have said.

The global report reveals global numbers of mammals, birds, fish and insects have fallen by two-thirds since 1970, including a drastic decline in numbers of the Arctic Skua in Orkney.

 Scotland must resist Tory race to the bottom

Thu 10 Sep, 2020

Scotland must resist taking part in a Tory race to the bottom through a deregulated Brexit, the Scottish Greens have said.

The comments came as the Scottish Government vowed to refuse consent for the highly controversial UK Internal Markets Bill, which will grant UK ministers a veto over any devolved area.

Scottish Greens: Illegal bill is assault on devolution

Wed 9 Sep, 2020

The UK Government’s Internal Market Bill is a direct assault on the principles of devolution and must be scrapped, the Scottish Greens have said.

In a bill the UK Government has admitted breaks international law, a veto over any devolved decision is placed in the hands of a new ‘Office for the Internal Market’ which will protect the UK Government’s deregulated approach to business across the four nations of the UK.

Support grows for Andy Wightman’s Local Government Bill

Wed 9 Sep, 2020

Support is growing for Scottish Green MSP Andy Wightman’s bid to empower local authorities in Scotland.

Andy Wightman’s proposed European Charter of Local Self-Government (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill would give councils democratic guarantees that many other local legislatures in nations across Europe already enjoy.

The bill has been supported by think tank Reform Scotland following endorsement from local authorities umbrella body COSLA.

Ending furlough removes option of local lockdown say Greens 

Tue 8 Sep, 2020

Ending the job retention – furlough – scheme will limit the ability of government to introduce local lockdowns the Scottish Greens said today. 

Speaking in the Scottish Parliament this afternoon, the party’s health spokesperson Alison Johnstone MSP raised serious concerns about the public health implications of ending the furlough scheme. 

Alison Johnstone MSP said: