In his recent opinion piece in The Guardian, Owen Jones bemoaned the ongoing divide in the left wing vote between the Green Party and Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour, calling for the end to partisan differences and the creation of one banner under which Greens and Labour could walk; a deal just like the one signed by the Co-Operative party in 1927.
The other day I had a conversation with a friend who works for a well-known charity. She has recently started the job and enjoys most parts of it. However, a downside is that one of her colleagues has a tendency to make some rather misogynist remarks; alongside attempting to raise awareness and money for human rights he makes it clear how much he enjoys interacting with beautiful (and substantially younger) women. This drew my mind back to the recent scandals Oxfam has faced.
This Thursday (22 February), the most extensive industrial action ever to take place on British campuses will commence. Members of the University and College Union (UCU) at eight Scottish universities are involved, with all but 2 striking from Thursday - see the list here. The proximate cause for this extreme action is the breakdown of talks over pensions, but this is only the latest in a catalogue of insults inflicted by universities on the value of our education.
Public transport is never far from the headlines, especially during price-hike season at the start of the year. Those who rely on buses to get about their lives, including young people, are used to seeing inflation-busting increases. But when McGill’s Buses announced plans to scrap their student day ticket it seems they bit off more than they could chew.
Divestment is the action or process of selling off subsidiary business interests or investments. When we talk politically about divesting we are appropriating the word to describe the action of selling off interests or investments for a particular political reason. The idea of divestment started with the End Apartheid campaign in the ‘60s, and there was an attempt to force divestment to be a key issue for the 1964 UK General Election.
The Scottish Young Greens work to increase the engagement of all young people with the political process and remove the barriers in place that prevent young people becoming active citizens.
Children who are born in the United Kingdom to parents who do not hold British Citizenship or Indefinite Leave to Remain are not born British. They can apply to register as a British citizen in their own right after being born and living in the UK for 10 years, or after having spent the majority of their lives in the UK.
The Scottish Young Green's "Healthy Minds, Healthy Students" campaign, calling for mental health education to be provided via PSE in schools, has been welcomed by Barnardo's Scotland.
Barnardo's is the UK's largest children's charity, working across a range of areas including child poverty and supporting children in care. Commenting on the launch of the campaign, Barnardo's Nicki Wray said;
On Friday, the UK Parliament will vote on the next stage of Jim McMahon’s Votes at 16 bill. Although it will have many more hurdles after that, if it can get past this point there’s a very good chance it will become law. The Scottish Young Greens are strong supporters of votes at 16, and we call on all MPs to vote in favour.
The Scottish Young Greens are excited to launch our first ever national campaign - Healthy Minds, Healthy Students. At the heart of our campaign is the call for every pupil to be given high quality mental health education as a basic part of their education.