Working for a more just world can’t be done by saying “I wouldn’t start from here”

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 20 Apr, 2018

As the Commonwealth Games holds the attention of sports fans, and the Commonwealth Heads of Government meet in London, there has been another round of speculation about the organisation’s future, and debate about its past. Is the Commonwealth merely a legacy of Empire, a reminder of the brutal crimes of Empire, or is it a mutually beneficial community of countries bound together by bonds of friendship?
 

Johnstone calls for devolution of powers to create safe facilities for drug users

Thu 19 Apr, 2018

Alison Johnstone MSP, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, will today (19 Apr) call for powers to create safe facilities for drug users to be devolved to the Scottish Parliament.

This afternoon’s Holyrood debate on the issue comes after Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership’s plan for a safe drug consumption facility was blocked by the UK Government.

Scottish Ministers under pressure after FM's non-answer to Ross Greer over Prestwick role in Syrian airstrikes

Thu 19 Apr, 2018

Scottish Ministers are under pressure to explain whether Scottish Government-owned Prestwick airport was used for the recent Syrian airstrikes, following Nicola Sturgeon's evasive non-answer to Green MSP Ross Greer at today's First Minister's Questions.

Scottish Greens previously raised concerns about US military use of the site, with party co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP challenging the First Minister in February following revelations in the Guardian newspaper.

Wightman to champion under-persecution Golden Eagles

Thu 19 Apr, 2018

Scottish Green MSP Andy Wightman is the new Scottish Environment Link species champion for the Golden Eagle.

The Golden Eagle is Scotland’s most iconic bird of prey but, despite decades of legal protection in Scotland, continues to be the victim of illegal persecution. 

Don’t Bomb Syria – Then What?

Ross Greer MSP Thu 19 Apr, 2018

In recent days the UK Government, in consultation with the Trump administration and France but without asking the UK parliament, launched airstrikes against the Assad regime in Syria. This was a mistake. Here’s why:

Further fall in ASN teachers amid increase in pupils - situation "completely unacceptable", says Greer

Wed 18 Apr, 2018

Analysis by the Scottish Greens has revealed that the number of specialist Additional Support Needs (ASN) teachers has fallen for the fifth year in a row, while the number of children with identified additional needs has increased by over 65,000 in the same period.

This has resulted in the ratio of young people with additional support needs to specialist ASN teachers trebling in just seven years, reaching the highest level since new laws came in to ensure support in 2010, a situation the Greens say is “completely unacceptable”.

We welcome deal to save BiFab marine engineering yards in Fife and on Lewis

Tue 17 Apr, 2018

Scottish Green MSPs today (17 Apr) welcomed a deal to save the closure-threatened engineering firm BiFab, which employs hundreds of people at marine engineering yards at Methil and Burntisland in Fife and at Arnish on Lewis.

DF Barnes, a subsidiary of Canadian company JV Driver, is to acquire BiFab, with the Scottish Government taking a minority shareholding.

Mark Ruskell, Energy spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for Mid-Scotland & Fife, said:

Ruskell steps up call for urgent action to tackle air pollution crisis

Tue 17 Apr, 2018

Mark Ruskell MSP, environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, will today (17 Apr) step up calls for urgent action to tackle the air pollution crisis in Scotland.

Speaking ahead of this afternoon’s debate in the Scottish Parliament in response to Holyrood's first ever inquiry into air pollution by the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee, the Green MSP said it was clear that any efforts to improve the problem had so far been insufficient:

A chance to get Scotland’s rail potential back on track

Mark Ruskell MSP Fri 13 Apr, 2018

"A catalyst for investment, enabling people to take up new opportunities." The words of Transport Minister Humza Yousaf, praising a recent study into the continuing impact of the Borders Railway, now in its third year of operation.

The Borders Railway Blueprint Group study found that the Edinburgh to Tweedbank line, which opened in September 2015, has provided jobs and investment opportunities. Travel on the line is increasing, and it has prevented an estimated 36,000 annual car journeys.

Foxes and hares endure another year of slaughter due to loopholes

Alison Johnstone MSP Thu 12 Apr, 2018

Another fox hunting season came to an end in Scotland recently, with investigations into illegal activity by a number of hunts.

Most people would be forgiven for thinking that fox hunting was no longer an activity which required police intervention, given that hunting with dogs was banned in Scotland over 15 years ago.