Independence is our escape route from Tory Brexit chaos

Independence is our escape route from Tory Brexit chaos

We refuse to be dragged out of Europe by a farcical Tory government we did not vote for.
We have an escape route from this – an independent Scotland, at the heart of Europe.
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Theresa May is still not listening as she drags Scotland off Brexit cliff

Theresa May is still not listening as she drags Scotland off Brexit cliff

If she genuinely meant to listen, Theresa May should have been reaching out across the nations of the UK.
Instead of scrapping her ridiculous red lines, she keeps on living in fantasy land.
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Life Is Precious But it is also perishable – Cherish Your Loved Ones

Life Is Precious But it is also perishable – Cherish Your Loved Ones

Exactly two years ago today, January 11th 2016, my wee world was turned upside down. It was a pretty unspectacular Wednesday. The night before was wild with strong winds and rain. We have a glass globe light fixed to the outside side wall of our house. It had been there...

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This week at the Scottish Parliament: Delivering progress in the midst of Brexit chaos

This week at the Scottish Parliament: Delivering progress in the midst of Brexit chaos

Find out what happened over the last 7 days at the Scottish Parliament.
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An independent Scotland can build a people’s Europe

An independent Scotland can build a people’s Europe

Ross Greer MSP West of Scotland External Affairs, Education & Skills, Culture & Media TwitterFacebookWebsite In 70 days the Article 50 negotiation period will expire and unless something changes, the UK will leave the European Union, with or without a deal. What happens in the next seventy days is anyone’s...

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A new era of equal pay at Glasgow City Council

A new era of equal pay at Glasgow City Council

Our commitment to resolving this issue has never wavered, unlike the Labour administration that came before.
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This Week in Westminster: standing up for Scotland’s place in Europe

This Week in Westminster: standing up for Scotland’s place in Europe

As a tumultuous week in Westminster comes to an end, we look back on the key events and highlight the work of your SNP MPs, standing up for Scotland amid the chaos.
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Historic Victory for Equal Pay Strikes

Historic Victory for Equal Pay Strikes

by Richie Venton, SSP national workplace organiser Equal pay strikers have won a massive breakthrough in their long, hard battle for equal pay justice in Glasgow City Council. No exact calculations and individual payouts to the thousands of (overwhelmingly) women who have suffered years of daylight robbery of their wages...

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Explainer: Teachers’ Pay

Explainer: Teachers’ Pay

Under the new pay scale proposals from the Scottish Government, teachers would receive a minimum 9% increase between January 2018 and April 2019, and a further 3% rise in April 2020. If accepted, it would be the best pay deal for teachers anywhere in the UK.
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Harvie: Timetable for independence vote essential, even if Article 50 extended

Harvie: Timetable for independence vote essential, even if Article 50 extended

In the face of such incompetent misrule from Westminster, it’s now vital that we set out a route for Scotland to secure its future in Europe as an independent member state, even if the Brexit timetable is extended. Patrick Harvie MSP Scottish Greens co-convenor Patrick Harvie MSP has said that...

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The SNP, not Labour, is the real radical and progressive party

The SNP, not Labour, is the real radical and progressive party

While Labour constantly seek to emphasise their ‘radical’ credentials, we’re getting on with delivering radical policies and driving progressive change in Scotland.
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Scotland cannot be left at the mercy of a dysfunctional Westminster government

Scotland cannot be left at the mercy of a dysfunctional Westminster government

One of the most revealing aspects of the period since the Brexit vote is the contrast between the way Ireland has been treated by the EU and the contempt with which Scotland has treated by the Westminster Government.
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Escalating Brexit crisis shows Scotland needs option of independence in EU

Escalating Brexit crisis shows Scotland needs option of independence in EU

Regardless of whether Brexit can be stopped or is ultimately forced upon us, the people of Scotland deserve the chance to reject the absurdities of Westminster where Scotland is clearly held in such contempt and instead chart a course to becoming an independent member of the EU. Patrick Harvie MSP...

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6 reasons why we have no confidence in this farcical Tory government

6 reasons why we have no confidence in this farcical Tory government

This is a government defined by the Brexit mess, austerity, the hostile environment, the rape clause and its utter contempt for Scotland. SNP MPs will vote against these farcical Tories in the no confidence motion.
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I have never had confidence in this Westminster government

I have never had confidence in this Westminster government

🔥 Mhairi Black: “I have never had confidence in this government whatsoever, and have no confidence in this Prime Minister”.
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Other parties ignoring evidence on climate change

Other parties ignoring evidence on climate change

We need both an urgent and credible response to global climate emergency, which learns from the past and leaves no one behind. Mark Ruskell MSP Greens have slammed other parties for ignoring the evidence on climate change after they blocked calls to speed up renewable energy and oil and gas...

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Westminster chaos looming as MPs set to reject disastrous Tory Brexit deal  – latest updates

Westminster chaos looming as MPs set to reject disastrous Tory Brexit deal – latest updates

With Westminster in chaos it can be tricky to keep up with the latest news. We’ve put together a timeline of recent events to keep you in the loop
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Theresa May has suffered the worst defeat in UK parliamentary history  – latest updates

Theresa May has suffered the worst defeat in UK parliamentary history – latest updates

Westminster chaos as MPs reject the Tory Brexit deal by a crushing margin.
Keep up with the latest news with this timeline of recent events we’ve put together.
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Theresa May facing Vote of No Confidence after suffering the worst defeat in UK parliamentary history  – latest updates

Theresa May facing Vote of No Confidence after suffering the worst defeat in UK parliamentary history – latest updates

Westminster chaos as MPs reject the Tory Brexit deal by a crushing margin.
Keep up with the latest news with this timeline of recent events we’ve put together.
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Scotland can’t be in the passenger seat if UK is driven off Brexit cliff edge

Scotland can’t be in the passenger seat if UK is driven off Brexit cliff edge

Westminster carries on riding roughshod over Scottish interests.
Scotland cannot be towed along in the Tories’ Brexit mess, and the decision over the EU withdrawal needs to go back to the people.
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Nothing has changed: 5 takeaways from Theresa May’s Brexit statement

Nothing has changed: 5 takeaways from Theresa May’s Brexit statement

She delayed the Brexit vote at the last minute to improve her deal. She achieved nothing. This government is running out of time, out of control, and Scotland deserves better.
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Relentless SNP pressure forces Tories into U-turn on two-child benefit cap

Relentless SNP pressure forces Tories into U-turn on two-child benefit cap

Amber Rudd has reversed the extension of the two-child benefit cap, as a result of consistent pressure from SNP MPs to right this wrong. However, it doesn’t go far enough: the policy is fundamentally flawed, and should be scrapped altogether.
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We need to be united in our resolve never to let the far right become normalised

We need to be united in our resolve never to let the far right become normalised

Patrick Harvie MSP Glasgow Finance, Economy, Fair Work, Equalities TwitterFacebookWebsite Back in 2016, few people could have predicted quite how chaotic the Brexit crisis would become. But it’s not only a crisis in parliamentary debating chambers and government institutions. The toxic values which have been cultivated and unleashed by the...

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Alex Salmond Wins the First Skirmish in the Political Witch-hunt against Him

Alex Salmond Wins the First Skirmish in the Political Witch-hunt against Him

If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and sounds like a duck chances are it is a duck. Now replace duck with witch-hunt and you have the essence of the ‘sexual harassment’ case against Scotland’s former First Minister Alex Salmond. On the back of incredible lashings of...

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FEAR IN 2019 – Face Everything And Rise

FEAR IN 2019 – Face Everything And Rise

My first column of the New Year 2019 was delayed by a combination of gastronomic illness, the details of which are entirely inappropriate to share, and my wife Gail’s birthday. So even although today is the 6th day of January I will still take the opportunity to wish you all...

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Vulnerable children to suffer unless SNP cuts to council budgets prevented

Vulnerable children to suffer unless SNP cuts to council budgets prevented

The cold hard reality is that if Parliament passes the budget in its current form, cuts to jobs and front-line services for the most vulnerable people will be inevitable. Patrick Harvie MSP Many of Scotland’s most vulnerable children are set to suffer unless the SNP’s proposed cuts to council budgets...

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SNP & Tory MSPs block our call for funding to help farmers cut climate emissions

SNP & Tory MSPs block our call for funding to help farmers cut climate emissions

It’s clear the SNP has kowtowed to weak arguments from parts of the farming lobby which ignore the potential for greener farming and land management practices to offset the unavoidable emissions from livestock. Mark Ruskell MSP Green MSPs have slammed the SNP for letting down climate-friendly farmers who want to...

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Ministers agree to Greer’s call to look at risk of post-Brexit people-trafficking

Ministers agree to Greer’s call to look at risk of post-Brexit people-trafficking

The Westminster Government's immigration proposals will be economically devastating for Scotland but we cannot lose sight of those who will truly be the victims of these short-sighted and racist plans. Ross Greer MSP Scottish Ministers today (10 Jan) agreed to a Green MSP’s call to look into the threat of...

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Green pressure for action on animal welfare pays off

Green pressure for action on animal welfare pays off

The Scottish Government is finally listening to the Greens and other advocates of animal welfare. Mark Ruskell MSP Scottish Green MSPs say their consistent pressure for action to improve animal welfare prompted today’s (9 Jan) announcements from the Scottish Government on CCTV in abattoirs, stronger penalties for animal cruelty and...

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Wightman warns Finance Secretary against smoke & mirrors on local gov funding

Wightman warns Finance Secretary against smoke & mirrors on local gov funding

It’s high time he dropped this charade and faced up to the reality of his cuts budget by backing our calls for real reform of local funding and a fair deal for local services this year. Andy Wightman MSP Scottish Greens local government spokesperson Andy Wightman MSP has blasted Finance...

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Finnie questions bus services funding reduction

Bus patronage is falling year on year, yet Scottish Government Ministers are doing nothing about it. John Finnie MSP Following questions to the Minister for Public Finance & Digital Economy. Highlands and Islands Green MSP John Finnie has called on the Scottish Government to prioritise the provision of bus services,...

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Ruskell’s plan for safer speed limits will counter obesity says child health expert

Ruskell’s plan for safer speed limits will counter obesity says child health expert

Concern for children's health is growing as they spend more time indoors and more time looking at phones and tablets, so we must seize every opportunity to make outdoor activity an attractive option. Mark Ruskell MSP Proposed legislation by a Green MSP for a safer speed limit in built-up areas...

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Reducing the speed limit will improve child health

Scottish Greens Reducing the speed limit will improve child health for at least three reasons. Firstly, slower traffic makes for safer streets which means that fewer children are killed on Scottish roads. Secondly, slower traffic will encourage children to walk and change their lifestyle to one which counters the obesity...

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The world is a better place because of those who bravely follow peace processes

John Finnie MSP Highlands and Islands Justice, Transport & Tourism, Rural & Island Communities Website Like many, I am always keen to support any cessation of violence or moves to peace. In any armed conflict, it takes courage to disarm and good grace to engage with former combatants. The world...

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Greer calls on Scot Gov to end support for arms dealers supplying Brazil

With the inauguration in Brazil yesterday of a fascist president, any link between Scottish public funds and weapons firms that target Brazil must be stopped. Ross Greer MSP Scottish Greens international relations spokesperson Ross Greer MSP today (2 Jan) called on the Scottish Government to end its financial support of...

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Scottish Greens Patrick Harvie, Maggie Chapman, Gillian Mackay and Jon Molyneux look back at the challenges and achievements of 2018, and forward to 2019 when we’ll continue Leading The Change. Join us and help Lead the Change in 2019!

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Government ignoring demand for safer cycling routes; ministers set to fail target

Government ignoring demand for safer cycling routes; ministers set to fail target

The government is leaving Scotland in the slow lane, choosing instead to prioritise more motorways, trunk roads and airline travel. John Finnie MSP The Scottish Greens today (30 Dec) accused the SNP Government of ignoring public demand for safer cycling routes as ministers look set to fail to meet their...

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Celtic to the Core But Don’t Just Keep the Faith – Also Keep the Heid

Today I am excited, nervous, pensive but optimistic. Confident but not conceited. My first thirty three columns have been about politics but my thirty fourth will be about my other passion in life, football and the famous Glasgow Celtic. My team travels to the Ibrox home of our fiercest football...

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The Gulag

by the Russian writer Israel Shamir.   “I was given a full access to all archives, I learned everything there is about Stalin’s victims, and I prepared a complete report. However, I decided to save it for some future time. If I were to publish it, [I’d probably lose my...

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Wightman warns rampant growth in short-term lets hollowing out Edinburgh

Wightman warns rampant growth in short-term lets hollowing out Edinburgh

The growth seen in Edinburgh in the past year will be galling to the many residents whose neighbourhoods have been fragmented, and families being squeezed out in their search for affordable homes. Andy Wightman MSP As thousands of visitors descend of Edinburgh for Hogmanay, Scottish Greens housing spokesperson Andy Wightman...

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“Remember No Man Is A Failure Who Has Friends”

I am writing under duress. I am under strict orders from my boss and harshest critic to lighten up this column. To be cognisant that it will appear on December 24th, Christmas Eve, and many people don’t want hard hitting politics at this time of year but some light hearted...

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“Pan Am 103 – The Truth Must Be Known”

Today more than any other day I implore you to embrace the loved ones you live with and declare your love for them. Contact those you do not live with and tell them how much you love them, think about them and care about them. Call your mum, dad, children,...

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“I am out, I’m leaving” – Brilliant News from Lord ‘Self-Seeking’ Sugar

Good Morning Britain on ITV rarely inspires me to smile. The sound of pompous Piers Morgan pontificate endlessly about the only topic which interests him, namely himself, spoils your morning and can cause grumpiness to infect your day. Sadly the memory function on our telly means the cost of watching...

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Finnie calls for action to make all Scottish railway stations “step-free”

Finnie calls for action to make all Scottish railway stations “step-free”

The travelling public, including people with mobility issues and families using buggies and prams, deserve an easily-accessible public transport network as our railways are a public service. John Finnie MSP Scottish Greens transport spokesperson John Finnie MSP is today (27 Dec) calling on Scottish Ministers to speed up action to...

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Boxing Day fox hunts could be the last as Johnstone bill moves closer

Boxing Day fox hunts could be the last as Johnstone bill moves closer

Recently I have been taking advice from parliament officials and I will publish a consultation on my proposal in the new year. Alison Johnstone MSP This Boxing Day, as fox hunts meet around the UK including in Scotland, Scottish Green MSP Alison Johnstone has pledged to publish a consultation on...

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Social isolation is everywhere in society: we need a society-wide response

Maggie Chapman Co-convenor TwitterFacebookWebsite The festive season often gives cause to reminisce about the past: happier times, sadder times, younger times. And it has become a seasonal ritual to consider those less fortunate, those for whom this is a difficult time, those who are alone. Social isolation and loneliness are...

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10 policies that could accelerate climate action in Scotland now

10 policies that could accelerate climate action in Scotland now

John Hardy Campaigns Officer Last year the IPCC warned that the world has just 12 years to do everything it can to avoid climate breakdown. We’re often told that Scotland is already doing everything it can to reduce emissions, so here’s ten policies the Scottish Greens are backing that could...

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Greer challenges Scot Gov over failure to publish No Deal Brexit plan

Greer challenges Scot Gov over failure to publish No Deal Brexit plan

A No-Deal Brexit is a huge threat to essential health services, much of our food and fuel, and even the water supply. Ross Greer MSP Scottish Greens Europe spokesperson Ross Greer MSP today (18 Dec) challenged the Scottish Government over its failure to show the public its plans for public...

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Transport Secretary must bring to an end Abellio’s disastrous ScotRail reign

Transport Secretary must bring to an end Abellio’s disastrous ScotRail reign

The Transport Secretary must bring to an end Abellio’s disastrous reign and put in place a public sector operator to run Scotland’s railways exclusively in the public interest, at the earliest opportunity. Scottish Greens transport spokesperson John Finnie MSP has called on the Scottish Government to end the current ScotRail...

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Tories Admit Guilt – But Continue Insecure Work Crimes

Photo: Craig Maclean by Richie Venton When is a radical new package of workers’ rights nothing of the kind? When it’s announced by a besieged Tory government, increasingly bombarded by public anger at the horrendous insecurity of jobs and workplace rights in Britain. Theresa May is today trumpeting a package...

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