Harvie welcomes increase in indy support in face of UK contempt

Wed 12 Aug, 2020

Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP has welcomed a new poll in the Times today showing that support for independence continues to rise. 

The poll is published on the same day that the UK Government has yet again treated the Scottish Parliament with utter contempt, giving the Constitution Committee just over 30 minutes notice that it wouldn’t attend an evidence session on the on the internal market power grab. 

Patrick Harvie MSP said: 

Grouse season must be the last seen in Scotland

Wed 12 Aug, 2020

The driven grouse shooting season which begins today must be the last seen in Scotland, the Scottish Greens have said.

The cruel Victorian hobby, enjoyed by very few people, was the subject of a two-year review led by Professor Alan Werrity which reported in January. Despite the fact its recommendations appeared to have been watered down at the request of landed interests, the Scottish Government has yet to respond.

Scottish Greens fix SQA grades fiasco 

Tue 11 Aug, 2020

Scottish Greens Education Spokesperson Ross Greer MSP has welcomed confirmation from Education Secretary John Swinney that, “all downgraded awards will be scrapped,” and instead will be, “based solely on teacher or lecturer judgement,” as the Scottish Greens had demanded. 

In a statement to parliament this afternoon Mr Swinney confirmed that schools will be able to confirm grades to those pupils still in school when they return this week, and the SQA will issue fresh certificates to affected candidates. 

Scottish Greens respond to FM statement on SQA grades

Mon 10 Aug, 2020

Responding to the First Minister’s apology to young people and admission that the Scottish Government “got it wrong” on this year’s grading system, Scottish Greens Education Spokesperson Ross Greer MSP said:

Young people need a solution, not empty words from FM 

Thu 6 Aug, 2020

Responding to remarks from the First Minister that her younger self would 'very possibly' have joined exams protest, Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP said: 

SQA Appeals: Greens Demand ‘No Detriment’ Policy

Thu 6 Aug, 2020

Scottish Greens Education Spokesperson Ross Greer MSP has called for the SQA to adopt a ‘no detriment’ policy for its appeals process, to ensure a fairer outcome for the thousands of young people who saw their grades lowered by SQA moderators.

Greens welcome jobs guarantee but call for more action 

Wed 5 Aug, 2020

Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP today welcomed a commitment from the Scottish Government to deliver a Scottish job guarantee but warned that greater investment would be required if it was to deliver for every young person in Scotland. 

Commenting on the Economy Secretary’s response to the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery report and the Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board report Mr Harvie cautioned that the Scottish Government’s position was ‘underwhelming’. 

Patrick Harvie MSP said: 

Finnie calls for action to understand impact of tourism 

Wed 5 Aug, 2020

Highlands and Islands MSP John Finnie, the Scottish Green Party’s spokesperson on Tourism, has called on Cabinet Secretary Fergus Ewing, “to commission independent research into the social and environmental impact of tourism in Scotland.” 

Following a flurry of bad publicity surrounding the irresponsible behaviour of a number of tourists in the Highlands, Mr Finnie said:  

Patrick Harvie responds to Tory coronation 

Wed 5 Aug, 2020

Responding to the installation by Boris Johnson of Douglas Ross as leader of the Conservatives in Scotland, Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP said: 

“Just months ago, the Scottish Tories were maintaining the pretence that they were something different from the extremist No-Deal Brexiteers of the Boris Johnson camp. Today the installation of Douglas Ross as their part time, absentee leader without even asking their members confirms that there isn’t a hint of difference between them.

Scottish Greens demand government stops neglecting Argyll 

Wed 5 Aug, 2020

Scottish Greens Transport Spokesperson John Finnie MSP has called on the Scottish Government to stop neglecting Argyll and demanded a radical rethink on how the Scottish Government’s transport budget is spent after yet more landslips at the Rest and Be Thankful. 

The Highlands and Islands MSP made the call following the most recent incident of large, multiple landslips blocking not only the vital A83 into Cowal, Mid Argyll, and beyond, but also the Old Military Road typically used as a diversion during previous incidents. 

John Finnie MSP said: