High Time We Tackled High Pay

comms Mon 24 Jun, 2013

My comment piece from Saturday’s Evening News…

As I headed into parliament on the number 27 this week it struck me that whether it’s bankers or bus bosses the issue of high pay and inequality hasn‘t gone away.  Oxfam reports the wealthiest households are almost 300 times better off than the poorest.

INDEPENDENCE WILL GIVE US A BETTER CHANCE TO MANAGE OUR ENVIRONMENT

comms Sun 23 Jun, 2013

An independent Scotland, free of the shackles of Westminister control, would be better placed to take care of its people and environment and stop the rot.

I am a member of the Scottish Greens and I’m backing the Yes campaign because I believe it is vital for Scotland’s environment – an environment which for years has been treated by too many people as an expendable commodity rather than a precious resource. It’s not too late to save it but the clock is running.

Donside: Scottish Green Candidate Thanks Voters

Fri 21 Jun, 2013

Scottish Greens say the Aberdeen Donside by-election has helped them build their profile in the North-east as they look towards future General and Scottish elections.

The Donside constituency was new territory for the Scottish Greens, who have traditionally only stood on the regional list at Holyrood elections.

The party had an MSP for the North-east between 2003 and 2007 and last year got its first councillor in Aberdeenshire.

Candidate Rhonda Reekie said:

HARVIE BACKS OXFAM REPORT CALLING FOR NEW ECONOMIC FOCUS

Thu 20 Jun, 2013

Patrick Harvie, MSP for Glasgow, is urging the Scottish Government to act upon the findings of a major report by Oxfam Scotland.

Johnstone: Cycle Plan Needs Cash To Succeed

Wed 19 Jun, 2013

Alison Johnstone MSP is calling for today’s revised Cycle Action Plan for Scotland to be matched with new funding from across Scottish Government budgets to meet its ambitions.

Alison led a Scottish Parliament debate on cycling last year, and started the Cross Party Group on Cycling.

Johnstone Concerned At Pay Rise For Lothian Buses Chief

Wed 19 Jun, 2013

Alison Johnstone, MSP for Lothian, is expressing concern at the 26 per cent rise in pay for the chief executive of Lothian Buses.

Ian Craig’s salary is now £265,000.

Alison said:

Scottish Greens Lodge Official Complaint with BBC Question Time

Thu 13 Jun, 2013

13 June 2013

Scottish Greens have lodged an official complaint with the BBC about the lack of balance on Question Time, and have asked for an urgent meeting with corporation managers so they can explain how they will remedy the problem.

Tonight's edition of the programme comes from Edinburgh, features an audience of 16 and 17 year olds and is billed on the BBC website as including discussion on independence.

Planning Principles "Turn Common Sense On It's Head"

Wed 12 Jun, 2013

The Scottish Greens have urged Ministers to rethink key planning documents to put sustainable development as the key principle when making planning decisions.

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Employment: Small Business Support Crucial Says Johnstone

Wed 12 Jun, 2013

Alison Johnstone, Green MSP for Lothian and a member of Holyrood's economy committee, is urging further investment in small businesses to help drive down youth unemployment.

The number of jobless in Scotland fell by 6,000 to 194,000 between February and April this year. Youth unemployment was 6.1 per cent lower than the same period last year.

The Scottish Government has today (12 June) announced measures to support youth employment, including a £37million SME Growth Programme.

Alison said:

“I would like to see more people move from spectator to participator…”

comms Wed 12 Jun, 2013

This week in the Holyrood chamber I spoke about the importance of helping our young people develop a passion for sport. Here’s what I had to say…