Rail: Time For Public Ownership Has Come

Thu 30 May, 2013

Scottish Greens used today's Scottish Parliament debate on railways to rally support for public ownership and for investment in the Highland main line to counter the effects of dualling the A9.

The amendment by the Green-Independent group to the government's motion highlighted the opportunity presented by independence to remove the constraints of UK legislation which favours privatisation.

Cycling should be safe for all from eight to 80 years

comms Thu 23 May, 2013

Today just before First Minister’s Questions I got the chance to ask the Transport Minister about the poor level of funding the Scottish Government allocates to active travel. You can read the transcript here, or simply read on…

There’s also a link at the end of this blog post to the video of my speech at last weekend’s Pedal on Parliament.

Equal Marriage Timetable Needed ASAP

Wed 22 May, 2013

Patrick Harvie, Green MSP for Glasgow, is calling on the Scottish Government to outline a timetable for the equal marriage bill, following this week's approval of similar legislation by MPs at Westminster.

Patrick said:

"While it is welcome that same-sex marriage legislation has been approved by the Commons, it is worth remembering it still has to clear the unelected and much more hostile House of Lords. In Scotland we should not lose the leadership we have established on this issue.

FAIRNESS MATTERS MORE THAN GROWTH IN INDY DEBATE

Tue 21 May, 2013

Responding to a position paper by the Scottish Government on economic reasons for independence, Green MSP Patrick Harvie is appealing to undecided voters to consider the opportunity a Yes vote presents to create a fairer society.

The government paper points out the gap between rich and poor has been widening in the UK and the Scottish Government believes tackling inequalities will enhance Scotland's "competitive position".

JOHNSTONE SAYS RBS NEEDS BREAK-UP NOT BUSINESS AS USUAL

Tue 14 May, 2013

Alison Johnstone, Green MSP for Lothian and a member of Holyrood's economy committee, is urging the UK Government to consider breaking up the Royal Bank of Scotland in light of continuing massive bonuses and links to environmental destruction.

The taxpayer-backed bank faces shareholder rebellion at today's AGM in Edinburgh over £607 million of staff bonuses despite losses of £5.2 billion.

PCS STRIKE: GREENS SHOW SUPPORT FOR PUBLIC WORKERS

Tue 14 May, 2013

As members of the PCS public services union stage a fresh strike over pay and pensions, Green MSP Patrick Harvie is urging SNP ministers to show a different approach to the UK Coalition.

Union members will rally outside the Scottish Parliament tomorrow (15 May) and the Scottish Greens will once more show support for strong public services by refusing to cross the picket line.

Patrick Harvie, Green MSP for Glasgow, said:

JOHNSTONE WELCOMES GLASGOW 2014 PLANS ON GAMES TICKETING

Mon 13 May, 2013

Green MSP Alison Johnstone - a qualified athletics coach and former competitive runner - is backing the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games ticketing strategy.

Two-thirds of tickets will be priced at £25 or less with half-price concessions for children. The price of a ticket will also include use of public transport.

Alison, a member of Holyrood's cross-party group on sport and Green MSP for Lothian, said:

RHONDA REEKIE IS ABERDEEN BY-ELECTION CANDIDATE

Mon 13 May, 2013

The Aberdeen branch of the Scottish Green Party has selected local campaigner Rhonda Reekie as its candidate to contest the Aberdeen Donside Scottish Parliament by-election.

INDYREF: GREENS SAY POSITIVE VISION ESSENTIAL

Thu 9 May, 2013

Responding to the latest Ipsos-Mori poll on independence, Scottish Greens are reaffirming their belief that a positive vision of a better society will help persuade undecided Scots to move towards a Yes vote.

The poll puts support for a Yes vote at 31 per cent with a No vote at 59 per cent.

It also shows Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, is the party leader with the highest net satisfaction rating.

Mr Harvie said:

COALITION DANCING TO REACTIONARY TUNE

Wed 8 May, 2013

Responding to today's Queen's Speech, the Scottish Greens said its focus on tougher measures on immigration was a distraction from the Coalition's failure to strengthen the economy and reduce poverty.

Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, said:

"The UK Coalition is dancing to a reactionary tune on immigration. They want to distract voters from their failure on the economy and their assault on the poor and the vulnerable.