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Anti-fracking campaigners who exercise their democratic right to protest are heroes

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 21 Sep, 2018

What does a “domestic extremist” look like? Someone wearing a red baseball cap emblazoned with slogans claiming to make their country “great again”? A far-right thug who uses the threat of violence in an attempt to intimidate anyone who looks different from them? Or members of a community peacefully waving home-made placards, campaigning to protect themselves from pollution?

It’s time to free up local communities to make their own democratic choices

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 7 Sep, 2018

This week’s return to business for the Scottish Parliament was an opportunity to address the hopes of people in every community across the country. Making Scotland a fairer, progressive, more democratic country is something there’s broad agreement on but it’s an agenda that has needs a far bolder approach at Holyrood.

I’m reminded of the very blunt response given by a Swedish commentator when author and National columnist Lesley Riddoch explained the convoluted and remote way that local services are currently funded in Scotland: “Don’t you trust yourselves?”

Programme for Government is a missed opportunity

Tue 4 Sep, 2018

The Scottish Greens today (4 Sep) branded the SNP’s Programme for Government as a missed opportunity.

Co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP had urged the First Minister to set out a bolder set of priorities such as investing in new teachers, reforming local taxation and improving public transport.

In the Programme for Government for 2018-19 outlined today, the First Minister highlighted the new progressive system of income tax, the creation of a South of Scotland Enterprise Agency, and a Young Carer’s Grant - all of which were Scottish Green manifesto commitments in 2016.

FM must set out bolder set of priorities such as investing in teachers, reforming local taxation & improving public transport

Tue 4 Sep, 2018

As the Scottish Parliament returns from Summer recess, the Scottish Greens are challenging the First Minister to set out a bolder set of priorities such as investing in new teachers, reforming local taxation and improving public transport.

Ahead of this afternoon’s (4 Sep) Programme for Government speech by Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP is warning that investment in teachers is needed more than ever given the time ministers wasted on an Education Bill that they were forced to shelve.

Ministers under pressure to devolve taxes as our research shows 8/10 Scots want councils to have new powers

Sun 2 Sep, 2018

Scottish Ministers preparing for this week’s return of parliament (w/b 3 Sep) are under pressure to devolve tax-raising powers after an opinion poll commissioned by the Scottish Greens showed more than 8 in 10 Scots want local councils to be able to raise funds from tourism, property and land.

It comes after repeated warnings from the Green MSPs that failure to reform local taxation would prevent any discussion with the minority SNP Government about the coming year’s budget.

Why we must reach out and make the case for open, free and flexible borders

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 24 Aug, 2018

My summer holiday this year began with one last work commitment – I had accepted an invitation to speak at the Féile an Phobail – the West Belfast Festival – about independence, Brexit, and the connections between the Irish and Scottish situations in this unprecedented context. It’s pretty unarguable that both countries’ interests are being trampled on by the UK Government’s reckless approach.

We need action now to prevent climate change from becoming unmanageable

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 27 Jul, 2018

This summer’s weather has been extraordinary, not just in Scotland but around the world. It has been accompanied by the usual slew of online articles about how to get to sleep in the warm weather (has anyone actually managed to fit a pillow in the freezer?) and the importance of staying hydrated.

But as the heat has continued, the advice has moved from not leaving dogs in hot cars to warnings about water levels running low in reservoirs and the two words guaranteed to strike fear into suburbia – “hosepipe ban”.

Harvie: Pride Glasgow must avoid becoming bland celebration

Sat 14 Jul, 2018

Patrick Harvie, the Scottish Greens’ co-convener will today tell participants at Pride Glasgow that schools and workplace have much work to do to become safe places for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people.

Harvie, who will later join the parade from Clyde Place to Kelvingrove Park, will say that government action on creating an “inclusive education system”, where legislation is in place requiring all schools to be proactive in tackling homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, is long overdue.

Trump 'increasingly fascist', proved wrong on energy & jobs, says Harvie

Sun 8 Jul, 2018

Ahead of this week’s visit to the UK by the US President, long-time Trump critic Patrick Harvie MSP, co-convener of the Scottish Greens, says not only is the billionaire property developer “increasingly fascist” but time has proved him wrong on the economy.
 
In 2012, Mr Harvie challenged Trump during an inquiry by Holyrood’s economy, energy and tourism committee into renewable energy targets.
 

We cannot be complacent on environmental protections as Brexit looms

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 29 Jun, 2018

Amid the hubbub of a cabinet reshuffle, a minister-in-waiting scandal and a shelved education bill, the growing threat facing Scotland’s environment has been somewhat overlooked this week.

Powers relating to most environmental matters, such as air quality, water, energy, food and farming are devolved to Scotland. To date, these powers have been used in the context of UK membership of the EU.