Revealed: fox hunts gathering in numbers during lockdown

Thu 10 Dec, 2020

Fox hunts appear to be operating as normal during COVID restrictions, it has emerged.

Scottish Greens environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP has raised the issue after The League Against Cruel Sports reported that Scottish hunts appear to be going out as usual three times a week, with large gatherings of people reported.

Hunts appear to be exploiting two exceptions which allow six people to gather for ‘pest control’ and 30 to gather for ‘equestrian events’.

This is happening while citizens are confined to a two household and six-person limit.

FMQs: Brexit and Covid create “perfect storm” for NHS

Thu 10 Dec, 2020

Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie MSP this afternoon warned the dual crises of Brexit and COVID-19 will create a “perfect storm” for the NHS in January, traditionally the busiest time of the year for our health service.

Speaking at First Minister’s Questions this afternoon Mr Harvie highlighted concerns of Scotland’s health boards at the impact of a potential no deal Brexit during a global pandemic.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Scottish Labour told to come clean on Brexit

Thu 10 Dec, 2020

The Scottish Greens have challenged Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard to come clean about his party’s position on Brexit, after UK Labour leader Keir Starmer cancelled a keynote speech on devolution to concentrate on Brexit.

Starmer had been due to detail his plans to revive party support in Scotland during an address to Edinburgh University on Friday, but Labour has postponed this indefinitely while Brexit trade negotiations reach their conclusion.

Greens welcome exams cancellation

Tue 8 Dec, 2020

Scottish Greens Education spokesperson Ross Greer MSP has welcomed an announcement from the Education Secretary that there will be no Higher and Advanced Higher exams in 2021.

The Scottish Greens have led calls for school exams to be cancelled in light of the pandemic, being the first to make this proposal in May, when it became clear that the 2020/21 school year would see huge disruption.

Ross Greer MSP said:

FM must bring forward school holidays

Tue 8 Dec, 2020

Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie MSP has called on the Scottish Government to put in place measures to ensure that teachers aren’t forced to undertake contact tracing work on Christmas eve and Christmas day.

Teachers and support staff currently perform contact tracing in schools, and Mr Harvie called on the Scottish Government to follow the example of the government in England, where the start of the holidays has been brought forward to allow for this work to be completed ahead of Christmas.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Scottish Greens renew call for 2021 exams to be cancelled

Mon 7 Dec, 2020

Scottish Greens education spokesperson Ross Greer MSP has called on the education secretary to finally give young people and teachers the certainty they deserve and announce that the 2021 Higher and Advanced Higher exams will be cancelled when he addresses Parliament tomorrow.

The Scottish Greens first called for exams to be cancelled and replaced by a continuous assessment model in May, when it became clear that the 2021/22 school year would face a level of disruption like no other.

Ross Greer MSP said:

NHS must be protected from Brexit shambles say Greens

Mon 7 Dec, 2020

Scotland’s NHS must not become a casualty of the UK Government’s shambolic Brexit project, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie MSP has said.

Responding to reports of predicted disruption when the Brexit transition period ends on 31st December, Mr Harvie has slammed the Tory government for pursuing such a dangerous policy in the middle of a global pandemic and called on the Prime Minister to fix this mess now.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Save Murrayfield Ice Rink

Alison Johnstone MSP Sun 6 Dec, 2020

I was saddened to hear of the recent closure of the Murrayfield Ice Rink. For decades, the rink has hosted many and varied events, from professional ice hockey to disco skating to the closing ceremony of the first Commonwealth Games to be held in Scotland and has brought much joy to those who live in Edinburgh and further afield. Until the pandemic hit, people could flock to Murrayfield to watch sporting events but also take skating lessons or learn about the building’s fascinating history.

Johnson climate target is hot air

Fri 4 Dec, 2020

Boris Johnson’s new climate target is ‘hot air’ without the action to meet it, the Scottish Greens have said.

Commenting, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie said: “The National Audit Office have called the UK target of a 68% emissions cut by 2030 a ‘colossal challenge’, and in Scotland the 2030 target is for an even bigger cut, but this is a challenge we absolutely must take on. Our survival depends on it.

Scottish Government confirms discussions on windfall tax

Thu 3 Dec, 2020

The Scottish Government has confirmed it has entered discussions with the UK Government over Scottish Green proposals for a windfall tax on companies that have greatly increased profits during the COVID-19 pandemic.