Greens: Tories' market in education must be rejected

Sun 3 Apr, 2011

For immediate release 3 April 2011

Today's renewed arguments about how higher education funding illustrate this election's crucial dividing line, Greens argued. The next Government will either slash public services like education or raise additional revenue. The Tories want to raise it from students themselves, turning education into a market commodity, while Labour, LibDems and SNP have no clear proposals. Only the Greens propose fairer taxation to fund education and avoid leaving students with a lifetime of debt.

Patrick Harvie said:

On the hustings trail

comms Sat 2 Apr, 2011

I think I can claim a first for this election. I'm willing to bet that no other candidate has looked up on a visit to a recycling centre and seen a Golden Eagle overhead.

Harvie and Monbiot to go head to head on nuclear

Fri 1 Apr, 2011

For immediate release 1 April 2011

The Scottish Greens' co-convenor Patrick Harvie will tomorrow (2 April) debate the issue of nuclear power with George Monbiot, one of Britain's leading commentators on environmental issues. The event, at Glasgow's Citizen's Theatre, is part of the Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

Fairer taxes the only protection for health and education

Fri 1 Apr, 2011

For immediate release 1 April 2011

The other parties' pledges to protect public services cannot be trusted unless they say where the money is coming from, the Scottish Greens argued as the campaign today turned to health and education. The Greens go into this election as the only Holyrood party pledging to raise additional revenue to tackle the cuts, a position most Scots support.

Patrick Harvie said:

"The SNP's last Budget, backed by the Tory and Lib Dem coalition partners, passed on a staggering

Green pledge for landmark gay rights anniversary

Thu 31 Mar, 2011

For immediate release 31 March 2011

Tomorrow (1 April 2011) will mark the tenth anniversary of the first gay marriages in the Netherlands, the first country to open marriage up to same-sex couples. The Scottish Greens pledged today to bring forward legislation in the next session of the Scottish Parliament to offer equal access to marriage and also to civil partnerships - currently not open to mixed-sex couples.

Greens: SNP tax policy "a shambles"

Thu 31 Mar, 2011

For immediate release 31 March 2011

Greens today slammed SNP Ministers for taking legal action to challenge a ruling from the Information Commissioner that they should make access their secret Local Income Tax costings, as revealed in today's Daily Telegraph. The SNP's tax policy in any case remains currently undeliverable given the decision by John Swinney to let the HMRC database lapse - the same system is required for both the Scottish Variable Rate and any additional Scottish Local Income Tax.

Lib Dems offered free Green membership after poll move

Wed 30 Mar, 2011

For immediate release 30 March 2011

The Scottish Greens today offered free membership of the party to disillusioned Lib Dems, following the YouGov poll published in today's Scotsman showing the Scottish Greens ahead of the Lib Dems for the first time. Former Liberal Democrat councillor Martin Ford is now the Greens' top candidate in North-east Scotland, having resigned from the Liberal Democrats at the start of 2009 and joined the Scottish Green Party later that year.

Patrick Harvie said:

ABERDEENSHIRE EDUCATION CUTS START TO BITE

comms Wed 30 Mar, 2011

The reality of the cuts being forced on Scottish councils by SNP ministers was all too apparent at Aberdeenshire Council last Thursday (24 March).

Several papers at the Education, Learning and Leisure Committee dealt with proposed policy changes intended to give effect to budget cuts voted through the Council in November and February.

On the agenda were cuts to secondary teacher numbers, the number of depute heads in some academies and the provision of fruit for primary pupils, and the extension of charging for musical instrument tuition.

Greens overtake Lib Dems - Holyrood poll

Wed 30 Mar, 2011

For immediate release 29 March 2011

The Scottish Greens are polling ahead of the Lib Dems for the first time ever, according to the results of a YouGov opinion poll conducted for the Scotsman newspaper.

Patrick Harvie, co-convenor of the Scottish Greens, said:

Nuclear challenge as radioactive iodine reaches Glasgow

Tue 29 Mar, 2011

For immediate release 29 March 2011

Radioactive iodine, believed to be from the stricken Fukushima plant, has today been detected in Glasgow. This news should be the clearest message yet to the other political parties that there can be no future for nuclear power in Scotland, the Greens said.