FM appears utterly clueless on climate change legislation

Thu 23 Dec, 2010

For immediate release 23 December 2010

Addicted to house price rises

comms Tue 21 Dec, 2010

I am not someone who follows Karen Whitefield’s words with any regularity. So, not being a follower of the Labour MSP for Airdrie and Shotts, I cannot assess what it is she has said that has so angered Housing Minister, Alex Neil, such that he has threatened legal action against her and any media outlet which repeats what she has allegedly said.

Greens attack lack of clarity on higher education

Thu 16 Dec, 2010

For immediate release 16 December 2010

Green MSP Robin Harper today attacked the Scottish Government for its failure to re-assure students and parents over the future of Higher Education funding in Scotland. Education Secretary Michael Russell said he would be "guided" by the Scottish Parliament’s rejection of tuition fees, but failed to explain exactly how cuts of over £200m to the education budget would be made or why, if he rejects students paying fees, there is a need to consult on graduate contributions from students.

Robin Harper MSP said:

Greens condemn cuts to welfare and housing benefit

Thu 16 Dec, 2010

For immediate release 16 December 2010

Greens congratulate North Kelvin Meadow campaign

Thu 16 Dec, 2010

For immediate release 16 December 2010

New Forth Bridge project referred to Audit Scotland

Wed 15 Dec, 2010

For immediate release 15 December 2010

A joint letter to the Auditor General for Scotland, sent today, has called on Audit Scotland to conduct an urgent investigation into the background to the additional Forth Bridge and the alternatives to it before any contracts are let, and to advise Ministers on the timing for and nature of any such contracts so that the public interest can be properly protected.

Buchanan Galleries expansion plans pay too high a price

Tue 14 Dec, 2010

For immediate release 14 December 2010

Plans for more retail units within the "Buchanan Quarter" will bring significant financial risks to the public purse and have a negative impact on the quality of the environment in Glasgow's city centre.

Fees vote a breach of trust - students urged to go Green

Thu 9 Dec, 2010

For immediate release 9 December 2010

Today's vote in the House of Commons in favour of a sharp increase in tuition fees represents a critical breach of trust by Lib Dem Ministers, Greens argued, and the Green MSPs today invited disaffected students to join the Greens and work to defend free education. Robin Harper and Patrick Harvie will pay membership subs for all students joining the Scottish Greens tomorrow.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Extreme weather and the end of cheap oil

comms Wed 8 Dec, 2010

Everyone will have a story to tell about how this extreme weather has affected them. The image that sticks in my mind is walking 45 minutes through the snow to pick up my son from nursery. St Leonards road was filled with people. Walking, talking, helping each other and mostly having fun. Things were more serious for people trapped in cars or relying on vital services to get through. But it gave us a glimpse of our vulnerability to nature and our dependance on bringing stuff in - whether fuel, food or energy - to cater for our basic needs.

SNP paper on tuition fees must commit to public funding

Tue 7 Dec, 2010

For immediate release 7 December 2010

Today's poll commissioned by NUS Scotland confirms that any move in the Scottish Parliament to overturn this session's abolition of tuition fees would be deeply unpopular with the Scottish people. The Green MSPs therefore today urged SNP Ministers not to depart from the public funding model agreed in 2008 when they publish next week's Green Paper on the future of student finance in Scotland.

Patrick Harvie MSP said: