Queen’s Speech: Prime Minister “out of ideas and out of time” say Greens

21 June, 2017 - 13:18

The Scottish Greens have said that the Queen’s Speech delivered today (21 June) is further proof a Prime Minister who is “out of ideas and out of time”.

Patrick Harvie MSP, the party’s co-convener says that politicians at Holyrood must now be ready to resist a Westminster “power grab” by ensuring that appropriate “repatriated European powers” are devolved to the Scottish Parliament.

Green MSP for Glasgow, Patrick Harvie said:

Greer welcomes publication of Information Sharing Bill

20 June, 2017 - 16:54

Ross Greer MSP, Education spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (20 June) welcomed publication of the Children and Young People (Information Sharing) (Scotland) Bill.

A year ago a Supreme Court judgement confirmed that providing a named person as a point of contact and support for every child and their family was ‘unquestionably benign’ and would not breach human rights but asked for clarity around information-sharing provisions.

Ross Greer MSP said:

Foster letter highlights DUP prejudice say Greens

20 June, 2017 - 16:24

A letter, showing DUP leader Arlene Foster asking the Scottish Government to restrict the ability of same-sex couples from Northern Ireland to be married in Scotland, is further proof of the party’s outdated views.

SNP Government rely on Tory MSPs to approve a Bill which will inevitably increase aviation emissions and reduce income for public services

20 June, 2017 - 16:15

Scottish Green MSPs are condemning the SNP Government for relying on Tory MSPs to approve a Bill which will inevitably increase aviation emissions in contravention of climate change duties and which will reduce tax income for public services by hundreds of millions of pounds.
 

Finnie comments on Commission on Parliamentary Reform

20 June, 2017 - 10:04

John Finnie MSP, the Scottish Greens' representative on the Commission on Parliamentary Reform, today (20 June) commented on the publication of the commission's recommendations.

Mr Finnie said:

Johnstone: Use devolved powers to provide financial support for thousands of young carers who currently miss out

19 June, 2017 - 10:30

Alison Johnstone MSP, Social Security spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (19 June) called on Scottish Ministers to use new devolved powers to provide financial support for thousands of young carers who currently miss out.

Our report shows Scot Gov plan to cut aviation tax will put £47.3million into the pockets of businesses

18 June, 2017 - 08:01

A new report published today (18 June) by Scottish Green MSPs shows that the Scottish Government's plan to cut aviation tax will cost the Scottish public purse hundreds of millions of pounds and put £47.3million into the pockets of businesses.

It also shows wealthy frequent fliers stand to gain over 40 times as much from the tax cut as regular travellers. 

We must do all we can to offset the malignity of the Tories and DUP

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 16 Jun

“May I say just one more thing Prime Minister; if you must do this damn silly thing, don’t do it in this damn silly way.”

So spoke the fictional, and now almost legendary civil servant Sir Humphrey Appleby in perhaps his bluntest ever advice in an episode of Yes, Prime Minister. It’s a warning which has been coming to mind a lot recently, and it could have been made specifically about the disastrous decision to take the UK out of the European Union, and the damn silly way in which it’s being done.

Greer questions plans by Education Secretary to change educational structures

15 June, 2017 - 16:03

Ross Greer MSP, Education spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (15 June) questioned plans by the Education Secretary to change educational structures, including by giving headteachers greater administrative responsibilities.

The Education Secretary's proposals follow a governance review, criticised by teacher and parent representative bodies and which Mr Greer has described as a distraction from the real issue in schools: cuts to staffing.

Harvie presses First Minister to commit to decision on fracking this year

15 June, 2017 - 12:47

Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, today (15 June) used First Minister's Questions to press Nicola Sturgeon to commit to a decision on whether or not to ban fracking by the end of this year.

Mr Harvie highlighted that the government's fracking consultation, which closed two weeks ago, has received tens of thousands of responses, one of the biggest ever responses to a government consultation.