By supporting arms trade enterprise agencies are squandering vital funds

Tue 1 Nov, 2016

John Finnie MSP, Justice spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (1 Nov) hit out at the Scottish Government and its development agencies after uncovering an £18.5million package of support for the arms trade.

In response to a Parliamentary Question from Mr Finnie, asking for details of public funds supporting development, manufacture or marketing in the arms trade, Economy Secretary Keith Brown revealed that over the last ten years Scottish Enterprise has handed out £15.1million and Highlands and Islands Enterprise £3.4million.

Greens to work with other parties to scrap football Act

Mon 31 Oct, 2016

The Scottish Greens will work with other Holyrood parties to repeal the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act as quickly as possible.

Patrick Harvie, the Scottish Greens’ co-convener reinforced the party’s commitment to repealing the Act during his speech to conference last weekend.
The Greens’ justice spokesperson John Finnie outlined how it is wrong to take on wider issues in society by “only targeting people who are football fans”.

We must plan an economy for Ayrshire that does not feature nuclear

Mon 31 Oct, 2016

Ross Greer, Scottish Green MSP for West of Scotland, today (31 Oct) said that safety concerns about the Hunterston nuclear plant aired in a BBC documentary show the need for Ayrshire to plan an economic shift away from such a risky, high-cost industry.

In the programme, fears are raised by nuclear expert John Large that the plant's reactors might not be able to shut down in an emergency. Documents obtained through Freedom of Information show regulator concerns over cracks in reactor three of Hunterston B.

Understanding the impact of cuts to local government budgets

Mon 31 Oct, 2016

Andy Wightman MSP, Local Government spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (31 Oct) highlighted a report showing the social impact of the 2016-17 local government budget.

The SPICe/Glasgow University/Heriot Watt University report shows most council expenditure is on services used by less affluent communities - services such as social work, public transport and citizen's advice - but that most cuts have also landed on these services. 
Andy Wightman, Local Government spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for Lothian, said:

Make social security user-friendly so people get what they're entitled to

Sun 30 Oct, 2016

As the Scottish Government's consultation on how to use new social security powers closes, the Scottish Greens are proposing automatic payment of all relevant benefits for anyone making an application for support.

At the moment, people have to make applications for each individual benefit they think they might be entitled to.

Finnie: UK’s UN failure leaves no British option to scrap trident

Fri 28 Oct, 2016

A British road to nuclear disarmament “no longer exists” says a Green MSP, after the United Kingdom refused to join with 123 nations at the United Nations to hold a global summit to abolish nuclear weapons.

Green MSP John Finnie has also urged Jeremy Corbyn supporters in Scotland to back scrapping Trident via independence, calling it the “only realistic prospect” of removing nuclear weapons from Britain.

We must find a way to secure a brighter future for Scotland’s students

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 28 Oct, 2016

“The rocks will melt with the sun before I allow tuition fees to be imposed on Scotland,” reads a rather grandiose monument at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh. I put it rather more simply than the former First Minister when I told a student protest outside Holyrood in 2011: “If I ever vote for fees, sack me.”

Education is a right that should be available to all, not just those who can afford it. Creating more opportunities for everyone who wants to gain a place at college or university is vital for our collective prosperity and quality of life.

EU Environment Debate: Ruskell Welcomes CETA Vote

Thu 27 Oct, 2016

Mark Ruskell MSP, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, welcomed tonight’s vote in Parliament backing a Green amendment calling on the Westminster Government to address concerns about the controversial CETA trade deal.

Mark said:

Victims of rape should not face public exposure of their sexual history

Thu 27 Oct, 2016

The Scottish Greens’ Justice spokesperson, John Finnie MSP, has called on the Scottish Government to investigate whether current laws are sufficient to prevent defence lawyers using rape victims’ sexual history against them in court.


Introducing a complainant’s sexual history as evidence was, in theory, banned in most cases by the 2002 Sexual  Offences (Procedure and Evidence) Act. But in the first three months of this year, there were 57 applications to use sexual history evidence, of which only 9 were refused. Prosecutors only opposed 6 of the applications.

What's the point of a principle like climate justice, when surrendered so easily?

Thu 27 Oct, 2016

At First Minister's Questions today (27 Oct), Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, condemned Scottish Ministers for surrendering their principles by championing the expansion of Heathrow airport, which will result in hugely increased climate emissions, noise and air pollution, and the destruction of hundreds of homes.

Patrick said: