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Greens seek ambition in Scottish Budget

Tue 26 Jan, 2021

This week’s Scottish budget must show ambition for a fair recovery from the pandemic and urgency in tackling the climate crisis, the Scottish Greens have said.

Unlike other opposition parties, the Scottish Greens have consistently made an impact on the Scottish Government’s spending plans over the last five years.

Quarantine hotels should be extended to communities

Tue 26 Jan, 2021

Proposed quarantine hotels for international travellers should be extended to communities to allow people to self-isolate when needed, the Scottish Greens have said.

The Scottish Government has been considering the use of hotels to boost self isolation numbers since the Scottish Greens first raised it last May, yet today confirmed they are seeking hotel provision for international visitors to allow them to quarantine on arrival.

Nicola Sturgeon challenged on Trump

Wed 20 Jan, 2021

The Scottish Greens have challenged Nicola Sturgeon to finally investigate Donald Trump’s acquisition of golf courses in Scotland.

Scotland needs rent controls

Sun 17 Jan, 2021

Inflation busting rent rises across Scotland show the urgent need for the introduction of rent controls, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie MSP has said.

Revealed: Scottish Govt has power to seek Trump McMafia order

Sat 16 Jan, 2021

The Scottish Government must press on with an Unexplained Wealth Order (UWO) on Donald Trump’s Scottish acquisition of Turnberry golf course, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie has said, after legal advice confirmed ministers have the power to seek one.

Home care staff testing better late than never

Fri 15 Jan, 2021

Scottish Greens have welcomed proposals for asymptomatic testing of care at home workers as ‘better late than never’.

The Greens first proposed regular COVID testing for all NHS and care staff last April.

Responding to the announcement by the First Minister, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie said:

“Since the start of the first lockdown we have called for regular testing for our front-line workers who have gone above and beyond to keep us safe.

Greens: Self isolation key to success of test and trace

Fri 15 Jan, 2021

The test and trace system to drive down in infections of the Coronavirus will only be effective if people are supported to self-isolate safely, the Scottish Greens have warned.

Nobody should have been surprised by scenes at US. Capitol

Patrick Harvie MSP Sat 9 Jan, 2021

It’s hard to know where to start in response to this week’s events in the US. The scenes at the Capitol should have been shocking, of course. No doubt there are people who genuinely found it hard to believe what they were witnessing, and who perhaps feel more traumatised and insecure than they ever have about their political system. But in truth nobody should have been surprised, either at what happened or at the underlying issues it exposed. And nobody here should comfort themselves with the idea that those issues are uniquely American.

Sharma elevation offers little hope for climate action

Fri 8 Jan, 2021

Almost a year since Alok Sharma was given responsibility for the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, his elevation from part-time front man to full time president offers little hope for those hoping to see meaningful climate action delivered, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie MSP has said.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

“The decision to put the COP26 summit into the hands of Alok Sharma, a free market fundamentalist who has repeatedly voted against climate action and backed climate-wrecking policies like Heathrow expansion, always gave cause for concern.

Parental support required as school closures extended

Mon 4 Jan, 2021

Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie MSP has called for a package of practical support for parents after it was announced that schools will be closed for longer than planned.

Responding to the First Minister’s statement in parliament this afternoon, Mr Harvie also pressed on the need to accelerate the vaccination for teachers and other school staff.

Patrick Harvie MSP said: