Climate plan needed for Scotland’s railway say Scottish Greens

The Scottish Government must take immediate action to climate proof Scotland’s railways, Scottish Greens Transport Spokesperson John Finnie MSP has said. Speaking following the closure of the West Highland Line between Fort William and Crianlarich due to a landslip the Highlands and Islands MSP called for urgent action to protect Scotland’s rail network. John Finnie … Continue reading Climate plan needed for Scotland’s railway say Scottish Greens

Abuse redress scheme could let organisations off the hook

The redress scheme for survivors of historical child abuse risks letting organisations where abuse took place off the hook, Scottish Greens Justice Spokesperson John Finnie MSP has said. Speaking in response to a parliamentary statement from the Education Secretary this afternoon, Mr Finnie noted that the scheme would likely afford survivors, who would be forced … Continue reading Abuse redress scheme could let organisations off the hook

Action needed to protect key infrastructure from severe weather

Commenting on reports that the main Glasgow – Edinburgh rail line may be forced to close because of the impact of severe weather, Scottish Greens Transport Spokesperson John Finnie MSP said: “The Scottish Government must finally take the threats posed by the climate crisis to Scotland’s transport infrastructure seriously. “In just the last week we’ve … Continue reading Action needed to protect key infrastructure from severe weather

Grouse Season Must Be The Last Seen In Scotland

the driven grouse shooting season which began on Wednesday must be the last seen in Scotland, the Scottish Greens have said. The cruel Victorian hobby, enjoyed by very few people, was the subject of a two-year review led by Professor Alan Werrity which reported in January. Despite the fact its recommendations appeared to have been … Continue reading Grouse Season Must Be The Last Seen In Scotland

John Calls For Action To Understand Impact Of Tourism

John , the Scottish Green Party’s spokesperson on Tourism, has called on Cabinet Secretary Fergus Ewing MSP, “to commission independent research into the social and environmental impact of tourism in Scotland.” Following a flurry of bad publicity surrounding the irresponsible behaviour of a number of tourists in the Highlands, John said: “The present problems are … Continue reading John Calls For Action To Understand Impact Of Tourism

John Demands Scottish Government Stops Neglecting Argyll

Scottish Greens Transport Spokesperson John has called on the Scottish Government to stop neglecting Argyll and demanded a radical rethink on how the Scottish Government’s transport budget is spent after yet more landslips at the Rest and Be Thankful. John made the call following the most recent incident of large, multiple landslips blocking not only … Continue reading John Demands Scottish Government Stops Neglecting Argyll

John Delivers Free Bus Travel for Young People

John Finnie has hailed a deal struck by the Scottish Greens to deliver free bus travel for young people aged 18 and under as “transformational”. The Scottish Government has agreed to implement free bus travel for young people in a major concession to the Scottish Greens as part of the annual Scottish budget process. This … Continue reading John Delivers Free Bus Travel for Young People

John Delighted at Scottish Government’s Coul Links Decision

Welcoming the decision of Scottish Ministers to refuse planning permission for a proposed golf course at Coul Links, John said: “I am absolutely delighted that this ill thought out and unsuitable application has been rejected. It seems the Scottish Government has learned the lesson from the disastrous decision to grant permission for Trump’s course in Aberdeenshire … Continue reading John Delighted at Scottish Government’s Coul Links Decision

Last night (18th February 2020) John spoke in a Member's debate on Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s decision to enrol pupils entering P1 into Gaelic-medium education (GME) as the default choice. You can read and watch John's speech below.   "Moran taing is gabhaibh mo leisgeul. Chan eil ach beagan Gaidhlig agam. Mar as àbhaist, feumaidh … Continue reading

Greens win greater protections for biometric data

Scottish Greens Justice Spokesperson John Finnie MSP today secured support for an amendment to the Scottish Biometrics Commissioner Bill which adds greater protections for data held by the police. The Bill creates the position of Biometrics Commissioner who will provide independent oversight of police use of biometric data, including by creating a code of practice. … Continue reading Greens win greater protections for biometric data