Scottish Greens call for Ryanair to stop racist questionnaire

Fri 10 Jun, 2022

Ryanair must end its use of a “racist and historically ignorant” questionnaire for South African people flying to the UK, according to Scottish Green MSP Maggie Chapman, who has written to the company’s CEO, Michael O’Leary.

The questionnaire, which is organised by Ryanair, includes general knowledge questions about South Africa. It is written in the Afrikaans language, which was imposed during white-minority rule.

Scottish Green MSP Maggie Chapman said:

Scottish Greens comment on Aslef - ScotRail agreement

Thu 9 Jun, 2022

Scottish Greens transport spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP said:

“I welcome this important breakthrough in the negotiations, which I believe is an important step toward restoring the rail timetable. Aslef members must be given time to consider this proposal and decide whether it meets their expectations. In the meantime I’d urge ScotRail to make preparations to reinstate services at the earliest opportunity.”

Greens deliver missing ingredient for a Good Food Nation

Ariane Burgess MSP Thu 9 Jun, 2022

Next week, MSPs will debate the Good Food Nation Bill in Parliament. I’m proud of the improvements I’ve been able to make to the Bill.  

Scottish Greens comment on Food Commission

Tue 7 Jun, 2022

Scottish Greens MSP Ariane Burgess said:

Scottish Greens welcome greenhouse gas reduction

Tue 7 Jun, 2022

Commenting on the Scottish Greenhouse Gas Statistics 2020, Scottish Greens climate spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP said:

“While it is pleasing to see Scotland meet our 2020 climate target, these figures obviously come with a significant caveat attached. For much of the year in question the pandemic ground society to a halt.

Scottish Greens respond to Johnson vote

Mon 6 Jun, 2022

Responding to the news that 148 Tory MPs voted against Boris Johnston this evening, an astonishing 41% of all Conservative MPs, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie said:

“The overwhelming majority of the public have recognised for some time that Boris Johnson is unfit for office.

“This vote shows that an ever increasing number of Tory MPs share that view, at least in so far as it relates to their own self interest.

“It is also remarkable that the self styled ‘minister for the Union’ appears to have lost the confidence of his Scottish Tory MPs.

Tory MPs must bring Johnson premiership to an end

Mon 6 Jun, 2022

Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross, and his Westminster colleagues, must end their dithering and vote to bring an end to Boris Johnson’s premiership, but we shouldn’t expect a principled vote, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie said this morning.

Commenting, Patrick Harvie said:

“It’s time for Douglas Ross, and his colleagues at Westminster, to finally do the right thing and bring an end to Boris Johnson’s utterly inept premiership.

UK Government Jackdaw decision “reckless” say Greens

Wed 1 Jun, 2022

The UK Government’s decision to grant final regulatory approval for the Jackdaw gas field off the north east coast is reckless, Scottish Greens energy and climate spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP said this evening.

Responding to the announcement from the UK Business Secretary, Mr Ruskell said:

“This reckless decision to grant regulatory approval for the Jackdaw gas field in the North Sea is another nail in the coffin of the UK Government’s professed climate ambition.

FMQs: Brexit causing NHS workforce issues

Wed 1 Jun, 2022

At a time of unprecedented pressures on Scotland’s NHS, Brexit has made those pressures so much worse, Scottish Greens health spokesperson Gillian Mackay MSP said today.

Ms Mackay raised the matter at First Minister’s Questions, highlighting comments from the Royal College of Emergency Medicine about the impact across the whole acute system.

Gillian Mackay MSP said:

“One of the biggest issues facing hospitals is staffing pressures, and Brexit has worsened matters.

FMQs: Save Loch Lomond campaign rebooted as new application lodged

Wed 1 Jun, 2022

A Green campaign which saw a record 60,000 objections lodged against a Flamingoland development at Loch Lomond has been rebooted after the Yorkshire based theme park operators lodged new plans.

Speaking at First Minister’s Questions in the Scottish Parliament this afternoon Scottish Greens MSP Ross Greer said that it would be “unacceptable for one of the most accessible locations on Loch Lomond to be closed off to all but the select few who will pay to stay at this resort.”