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Greens should challenge Growth Commission report’s ideas

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 1 Jun, 2018

If the SNP’s Growth Commission was supposed to do anything, it was to provoke debate. Debate is certainly needed about a new proposition for independence, because the one thing every 2014 Yes voter should be able to agree on is that what we don’t need is simply a re-run of an argument that failed to win a majority then, in circumstances which have already changed dramatically. That would be a recipe for a second and perhaps even final defeat.

Invest in jobs, devolve tax powers: Harvie responds to Economic Forecasts & Financial Strategy

Thu 31 May, 2018

Investment in the jobs of the future and devolution of tax powers to local level are ever more vital, according to Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP.
 
The party's finance and economy spokesperson was responding to Finance Secretary Derek Mackay's inaugural statement on the government's medium-term financial strategy, and the latest forecasts from the Scottish Fiscal Commission which warn of low wage growth in the coming years.
 
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Minister dodges Green question on indy visas

Tue 29 May, 2018

A recommendation in the SNP’s growth commission report, suggesting that an independent Scotland could centre its immigration policy on selling so-called ‘golden visas’, has been challenged by a Green MSP.

Patrick Harvie, the Greens’ finance spokesperson, pressed the SNP’s Derek Mackay today at Holyrood to distance himself from the proposal to sell visas to super-rich migrants and instead choose an “open and welcoming approach”.

£9 Million Byres Road Plans Risk a Missed Opportunity

Sun 27 May, 2018

Glasgow has outgrown the private car. The air we breathe is unsafe, our roads are crumbling under ever-increasing traffic volumes and our transport system is failing to address the needs of the half of households in the city without access to a car. Other parts of the city are benefiting from investment to make it easier for people of all ages and abilities to walk and cycle safely.

Growth Commission contribution welcome but GDP approach is flawed

Fri 25 May, 2018

Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP today (25 May) described the SNP's Sustainable Growth Commission report as a long overdue contribution to the debate on Scotland's future.

But he warned that it continued the flawed approach taken by governments of all hues in promoting policies which put GDP growth ahead of improving people's quality of life or achieving a sustainable economy.

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Harvie challenges Sturgeon over lack of zero carbon emissions target

Thu 24 May, 2018

Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP today (24 May) used First Minister's Questions to challenge Nicola Sturgeon over her government's weak decision not to set a target of zero carbon emissions in the new Climate Change Bill.

The bill sets a target to reduce carbon emissions by 90 per cent by 2050, representing a slowdown in the current rate of action. Greens have previously called for a target of 100 per cent reduction by 2040 to keep pace, meet international climate science agreements and help create green jobs, warm homes and efficient public transport.

We’ve got our priorities royally wrong if we care more about the wedding in Windsor than real people’s lives

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 18 May, 2018

Couples starting out their lives together, whether married or not, often face tough financial decisions, over issues like where to call home. If you’re very observant you might have spotted an occasional mention in the media that there’s a wedding taking place in Winsdor this weekend. Let’s all hope that the happy couple won’t have to face a grilling from their bank manager anytime soon as they set up home together.

Harvie urges SNP, Labour & Lib Dem MSPs to stand together against Tory devolution demolition squad

Thu 10 May, 2018

Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP is urging SNP, Labour and Lib Dem MSPs to stand together against Theresa May & Ruth Davidson’s devolution “demolition squad” in light of today’s (10 May) report from Holyrood’s Finance & Constitution Committee, which recommends that MSPs reject key sections of the UK Government’s EU Withdrawal Bill when it is put to a Legislative Consent Motion vote on Tuesday (15 May).

The Tories are throwing a wrecking ball at the devolution settlement

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 4 May, 2018

When is consent not consent? This kind of question can be complicated, and when it becomes the focus of both public debate and legal process disagreements and misunderstandings can arise because of nothing more than woolly use of language. Most of us have an instinctive idea of what consent means, but until we actually discuss it openly we can’t rely on the assumption that we all share the same definition.

Harvie takes FM to task over education, urging her to drop unwanted reforms and change direction

Thu 3 May, 2018

Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP today took the First Minister to task over her government's proposed changes to the way schools are run, urging her to drop the ‘unwanted, unneeded’ reforms and change direction.