Equal Protection Law Comes Into force

Scotland will join more than 50 countries that provide children with the same legal protection from assault that adults enjoy when the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Act 2019 comes into force tomorrow .  The law, steered through the parliamentary process by John, was passed overwhelmingly by the Scottish Parliament last year. It removes the … Continue reading Equal Protection Law Comes Into force

Greens welcome step forward for animal welfare

Scottish Greens Rural and Island Communities Spokesperson John Finnie MSP has welcomed cross party agreement to mandate the use of CCTV in slaughterhouses hailing it an, “excellent animal welfare provision.” The Mandatory Use of Closed Circuit Television in Slaughterhouses (Scotland) Regulations 2020 were agreed at a meeting of the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity … Continue reading Greens welcome step forward for animal welfare

Greens welcome news Wales is to renationalise railways

The Scottish Greens have welcomed calls from the RMT union to renationalise Scotland's railways after the Welsh Government announced it would appoint a public operator to run rail services as a result of the private rail operator’s  failure to meet its contractual obligations due to the massive drop in passenger numbers caused by  Covid–19. Commenting, … Continue reading Greens welcome news Wales is to renationalise railways

Kent Border Will Damage Island’s Reputation for Quality Produce

The great cheerleaders of Brexit knew that the Irish border would become a Gordian knot of Brexit negotiations, with no solution providing justice or satisfaction to every party involved. During the campaign they managed to duck the issue by suggesting that the trade deal between the EU and the UK would be quickly agreed, with … Continue reading Kent Border Will Damage Island’s Reputation for Quality Produce

John Slams Home Secretary’s Traveller comments

John has lodged a motion at the Scottish Parliament condemning recent comments from Priti Patel on Travellers. In an online meeting with Jewish leaders, the Home Secretary suggested that violence and criminality were endemic in the Traveller community. Her comments have been condemned in an open later signed by more than 80 academics and race … Continue reading John Slams Home Secretary’s Traveller comments

John calls for Rural Committee to investigate impact of Kent border

John has called on the Conservative Convenor of the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy Committee to call UK Ministers before it to explain how chaotic Brexit plans will impact Scotland’s food producers. In a Letter to Sir Edward Mountain, John highlighted recent reports that queues of 7,000 port-bound trucks could be delayed for up to two … Continue reading John calls for Rural Committee to investigate impact of Kent border

John Calls for Rail and Road fix for Rest and Be Thankful

Responding to a statement on the Scottish Government’s infrastructure plan, John as Scottish Greens Transport Spokesperson has called on the Transport Secretary to consider a rail and road solution to the ongoing Rest and Be Thankful saga. Speaking afterward, said: “Events at the Rest and Be Thankful illustrate the devastating impact the climate emergency is … Continue reading John Calls for Rail and Road fix for Rest and Be Thankful

John backs striking sleeper workers

Responding to reports that Caledonian Sleeper staff are to strike, John as Scottish Greens Transport Spokesperson said: “The Caledonian Sleeper staff can count on the solidarity and support of the Scottish Greens in their current dispute. Serco is a disreputable outsourcing giant that should never have been awarded the Caledonian Sleeper contract, or indeed any public … Continue reading John backs striking sleeper workers