Recent posts by Alison Johnstone MSP

Johnstone slams Scot Gov on air quality

Alison Johnstone MSP Tue 21 May, 2019

Scottish Greens Parliamentary Co-Leader Alison Johnstone MSP has slammed the Scottish Government for its failure to invest adequately in walking and cycling following reports that air pollution is responsible for the rise in childhood cancers.

 

The Scottish Government has a target for 10% of everyday journeys to take place by bike by 2020, however currently only 3% of commuter journeys and less than 1% of journeys to school are made by bike. [1]

 

Choose Hope Over Hate

Alison Johnstone MSP Sat 20 Apr, 2019

European elections are coming up in May and they will be the most important we’ve ever had. They represent a chance for Scotland’s voice to be heard at last, after repeatedly being treated with contempt in the years since the EU referendum.

Scottish Greens have fought tirelessly for Scotland’s remain vote to be respected. These elections are a chance to prove there is in fact growing support for staying in the EU, but not only that, they are also a chance to show that we reject the hateful ideology at the very heart of the Brexit project and oust those MEPs who’ve enabled it.

Green MSPs are making Scotland the best country for children to grow up in

Alison Johnstone MSP Fri 8 Mar, 2019

The Scottish Greens have gender balanced leadership roles throughout the party, and last weekend our Council agreed to adopt a Co-leadership model in the parliamentary Green group. I’m delighted that I will now be sharing this new role with Patrick Harvie, and this week, on the day we debate International Women’s Day, was my first opportunity to lead for the party at FMQs.

Scottish Government Cycle 'Vision' Not On Track To Meet Community Needs

Alison Johnstone MSP Tue 5 Mar, 2019

When I led the Scottish Parliament’s first ever debate on cycling in 2012, I began by suggesting it is often the case that public attitudes are ahead of the policy-makers responsible for representing them.

Back then, in parts of Edinburgh, up to 20% of vehicles on the roads were bikes, but the picture nationally was mixed, with journeys by bike at a lowly 1%.

Scotland can chart a new course with social security powers

Alison Johnstone MSP Fri 15 Feb, 2019

One of my proudest moments as an MSP was playing a role in the establishment of the new Scottish social security system. Passed last year, the Social Security (Scotland) Act is a major step towards a fairer, more humane social security system than the UK system run by the UK Department for Work and Pensions whose punitive approach towards those who need help from the social security system has been well-documented.

UN report on Extreme Poverty must serve as a wake-up call to UK government

Alison Johnstone MSP Fri 23 Nov, 2018

We already know that Universal Credit is leaving families with just pennies a week.

Families trapped in unsuitable temporary accommodation for months on end because their income no longer covers their rent; disabled people who can no longer get to work, because reforms to disability benefits means they no longer can access a motability vehicle.

Empowering communities and delivering food security

Alison Johnstone MSP Tue 16 Oct, 2018

I previously wrote in the Evening News (Food for thought and a little thought for food) in support of calls from the Scottish Food Coalition for a right to food to be enshrined in Scots Law, to address our dependency on foodbanks to provide for people in our wealthy, food-producing nation.

We must tackle poverty, and tackle it at source

Alison Johnstone MSP Fri 5 Oct, 2018

An MSP’s year has some very regular milestones. The Programme for Government every September; the process of negotiating the annual budget either side of Christmas, and the recess periods when MSPs finish their work in the chamber and in committees, but which offer us more time to get out and about visiting constituents and organisations in the areas we represent.

Listening to calls for stronger action on climate change

Alison Johnstone MSP Mon 24 Sep, 2018

Last week I was pleased to meet constituents from across Lothian region to listen to their calls for stronger action on climate change.

Members of the public from every region of Scotland took part and called on their MSPs to strengthen the new Climate Change Bill being considered by the Scottish Parliament. The Mass Climate Lobby was organised by Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS), a coalition of civil society organisations campaigning together on climate change.

Wouldn’t it be great if Scotland became known as the country that cracked congestion?

Alison Johnstone MSP Fri 31 Aug, 2018

“Now the latest travel with Victoria Lumsden…”

“In Dundee traffic is building up on the North side of the Tay Road Bridge. In Glasgow the M8 Eastbound has slow traffic between junction 22 Plantation and 19 Anderston, and in Edinburgh there’s heavy traffic on the A90 Queensferry Road…”