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Statement on Brexit and European Parliament Election

Fri 22 Mar, 2019

The Scottish Green Party have just started the process for nominating a list of candidates for EU Elections in May.

As Young Greens we believe Scotland shouldn't be dragged out of the EU against our will in the first place. However, it's a damning indictment of Theresa May's government and her utterly farcical negotiations that with one week left to go until the planned Brexit day, we still have no idea what the future holds.

A Real Living Wage should be the Foundation of our Economy

Tristan Gray Fri 11 Jan, 2019

Everyone is familiar with the concept of a “full-time job”. Each week you work 35-40 hours and are considered to be in full-time employment. This means you won’t be listed in government statistics as unemployed, part-time employed, or inactive. You have a job and don’t need to find another one.

 

Except for many, that simply isn’t true.

 

FYEG Summer Camp, commons and sustainable transport

Alex Robb Thu 13 Sep, 2018

DEFINITION: A common is a resource/object that is commonly managed by a community e.g. forests, oceans, education, the internet, transport etc.

The time for a Citizen' Income is upon us

Sean Currie Sat 1 Sep, 2018

We need to talk about the Citizens’ Income. The Citizens’ Income (also known as the Universal Basic Income) is an unconditional, non-withdrawable income payable to each individual by the state. In other words, free money for everyone. While it has been campaigned for in the UK since the 1920s, it has never been taken particularly seriously. This could be about to change. The Citizens’ Income is one of the most exciting policy ideas out there, but I am not going to discuss at length why this is - I’ll provide some links at the bottom for anyone yet to be convinced.

Corporate Pinkwashing: What is happening with Pride?

Dan Hutchison Thu 23 Aug, 2018

The term pinkwashing is modelled on the term whitewashing, used to describe how non-white people are ignored and replaced with white people, particularly in film and TV. Pinkwashing refers to the use of LGBTQI+ symbols and terminology without referencing the community. The corporate aspect of this appears when large corporations and business use such symbols, terminology and events to make profits. Examples of this corporate pinkwashing are seen in our clothes shops with a range of emblazoned rainbows, while being made in countries where queer people regularly have to hide their identity.

The Politics of Coalition: A response to Owen Jones

Chandler Mundell Mon 5 Mar, 2018

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.

Masculinity Thrives off the Sexualisation of Women - in All Forums of Society

Frida Skillemar Mon 26 Feb, 2018

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.

Why I Support My Striking Lecturers

Sean Currie Tue 20 Feb, 2018

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.

Private Bus Companies - Still Taking Young People for a Ride

Allan Faulds Mon 12 Feb, 2018

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.