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

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