Catalonia greens – Els Verds http://elsverds.org/ Sun, 07 Aug 2022 03:44:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://elsverds.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-120x120.png Catalonia greens – Els Verds http://elsverds.org/ 32 32 SNP-Greens government to block approval of new waste incinerators https://elsverds.org/snp-greens-government-to-block-approval-of-new-waste-incinerators/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://elsverds.org/snp-greens-government-to-block-approval-of-new-waste-incinerators/ NO NEW bids for waste incinerators should be allowed, said the Scottish Government Minister responsible for waste reduction. Greens Circular Economy Minister Lorna Slater told MSPs that her government would implement all 12 recommendations of an independent review of waste incineration by waste expert Dr Colin Church. Dr Church examined the role of incineration in […]]]>

NO NEW bids for waste incinerators should be allowed, said the Scottish Government Minister responsible for waste reduction.

Greens Circular Economy Minister Lorna Slater told MSPs that her government would implement all 12 recommendations of an independent review of waste incineration by waste expert Dr Colin Church.

Dr Church examined the role of incineration in the waste hierarchy, making 12 recommendations, including a cap on the use of incineration as a disposal method.

Up to ten new incinerators are in the planning stage or are due to enter service in the next few years.

These new incinerators could create the capacity to burn an additional 1.5 million tonnes of waste in Scotland, while the amount of waste burned has increased by more than 800,000 tonnes since 2011.

Ms Slater said: “Reducing waste and recycling what we produce is key to tackling the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity and ensuring we all benefit from a healthy environment.

“That’s why we are taking steps to create a circular economy, where materials are used for as long as possible and precious natural resources are not wasted.

“We also need to ensure that we manage unavoidable and non-recyclable waste in the short term.”

She added: “By putting in place sensible measures to limit and phase out Scotland’s incineration capacity, we can ensure we can manage our waste today, while ensuring that our future waste infrastructure aligns with our climate goals.

“I look forward to working with local authorities and industry to take these recommendations forward.”

She said there would be “very limited exceptions” to the ban on new municipal incinerators.

But opposition MSPs have urged her to go further in cutting existing incineration capacity, with the Tories saying Scotland risks being the ‘ashtray of Europe’.

Tory MP Maurice Golden said: ‘Incineration should be a last resort, but today’s statement confirms it is business as usual for burning waste.

‘This is a missed opportunity and the Minister has done the bare minimum on incineration, refusing further planning permission, but happy with the massive overcapacity already approved to move forward.’

He said the government had failed to heed warnings about incineration and that waste from abroad could be imported to supply the overcapacity of Scottish incinerators.

Mr Golden said: ‘Not content with being the ashtray of Europe, they could also turn us into the dumping ground of Europe.’

Last year the Scottish Greens were accused of ‘acting like bureaucrats and listening to their SNP bosses’ after they failed to propose a moratorium on shutting down large-scale waste incinerators despite being listed in the party manifesto.

The party’s manifesto for the Holyrood election last year pledged to ‘oppose the building of new incinerators as they ease pressure to reduce waste, cause air pollution and are bad for the climate”.

But instead, Greens Minister for the Circular Economy Lorna Slater initially ordered an independent review of the practice, short of an immediate moratorium.

Environmental activists have welcomed the Scottish government’s commitment.

Kim Pratt, circular economy campaigner with Friends of the Earth Scotland, said: “The Scottish Government’s ban on new incinerators is very welcome news and should mark the beginning of the end for these polluting projects that are keeping us from to send valuable resources up in smoke.

“It is vital that the Scottish Government acts now to tackle the impact of our existing incinerators, given their enormous climate pollution.

“Reducing the amount of plastic waste burned is the only viable option to reduce emissions from existing factories. Carbon capture and storage is totally unsuitable for incineration because it is technically difficult, extremely expensive and locks us into a polluting.

“Scotland will have more capacity than there is waste to burn by 2027 because of these plants already in the works. Investors and incinerator operators now have the choice to invest in an economy circular for Scotland or burn that future.”

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SNP and Greens accused of ‘reckless obsession’ as Indy prospectus launches tomorrow https://elsverds.org/snp-and-greens-accused-of-reckless-obsession-as-indy-prospectus-launches-tomorrow/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://elsverds.org/snp-and-greens-accused-of-reckless-obsession-as-indy-prospectus-launches-tomorrow/ NICOLA Sturgeon and Patrick Harvie are due to launch the first in a series of articles outlining a new independence flyer tomorrow. Prime Minister and Co-Green Leader Patrick Harvie will release the document at Bute House. Opposition parties called it a “reckless” pursuit of a nationalist “obsession”. The document is intended to serve as a […]]]>

NICOLA Sturgeon and Patrick Harvie are due to launch the first in a series of articles outlining a new independence flyer tomorrow.

Prime Minister and Co-Green Leader Patrick Harvie will release the document at Bute House.

Opposition parties called it a “reckless” pursuit of a nationalist “obsession”.

The document is intended to serve as a ‘decorator’ for a new multi-part leaflet, titled ‘Building a New Scotland’.

The Scottish government has said the documents will allow people to make an “informed choice about the future of Scotland before any referendum is held”.

However, there remains uncertainty as to whether a referendum will take place.

In an interview with BBC Scotland, Sturgeon was asked if tomorrow’s event marks the official start of an Indyref2 campaign.

The Prime Minister said: “Yes. We said we would after the Covid situation allowed it.

“Tomorrow we will publish the first of what will be a series of articles taking up the cause of independence in an interdependent world.

“The world, both domestically and internationally, has changed dramatically since Scotland voted in 2014.

“The first article will really be a decorator – it will look at a wealth of evidence on the economic and social performance of the UK and Scotland in this context, compared to a range of other countries across Europe.

“The conclusion, very clearly, is that Scotland could do much better as an independent country.”

She said future articles would look at currency, Scotland’s fiscal situation, growing a more sustainable economy, defense and security, pensions, social security, EU membership and the trade.

But when asked when a bill would be introduced to pave the way for a referendum, Ms Sturgeon said it would not be published tomorrow, although she would say more about the legislation in “the weeks to come”. come”.

If the bill is not published by the end of the month, it cannot be tabled at Holyrood until September, after the summer recess, making its timetable for a vote in 2023 extremely tight.

She said: “There are two principles that are really important in all of this.

“Democracy is first. The people of Scotland gave my party, my government, a mandate for an independence referendum in last year’s election. I intend to honor that.

“The second principle is the rule of law. Any process must be legal and legal.

“If we had a UK government that respected democracy, it would be solved like it was in 2014 with an order under section 30.”

“We are currently dealing with a UK government that does not respect democracy or the rule of law. So we have to figure out – this work is in progress – how to navigate our way to a legal process with a UK government that does not respect democracy, that’s what we do.

Asked if she knew if it would be legal to hold an independence referendum without UK consent, Ms Sturgeon said: ‘Without a section 30 order, we know all that the competence of the Scottish Parliament to legislate is disputed. It has not yet been tested. But that’s the problem we’re looking at right now so that we can put in place a legal process.

“Now, I’m not going to go into detail on that right now or tomorrow, but I’ll give more details on that shortly.”

When asked if she believed Indyref2 would really happen by the end of 2023, Ms Sturgeon replied: “Yes.”

When asked “How?” she replied, “As I said, I’m going to outline the process that we’re going to go through to make sure that can happen.” You won’t have to wait too long.

Asked if now is the time for a referendum with public services under pressure and other pressures in society, Ms Sturgeon said: ‘Now is exactly the time for all the reasons we have been talking about.

“Independence isn’t abstract, it’s not separate from all these great challenges that we face, it’s exactly about the best way to equip ourselves to meet these challenges, so we don’t have our budget set by Westminster and we are in charge of these decisions ourselves.

“Yes, now is the time to decide how Scotland best equip themselves, best position themselves, to face these challenges and realize the huge potential we have.”

The Scottish government said the document would detail how neighboring European countries comparable to Scotland “use their full powers of independence to tailor policies to their own specific circumstances” and, in doing so, achieve better economic and social outcomes than the United Kingdom”.

He said Scotland already had the “resources to be a thriving independent nation, including a natural energy surplus, a brilliant food and drink sector, world-class universities, advanced manufacturing and a global approach to climate change”.

Ms Sturgeon added: “Having the full powers of independence does not guarantee a better future – it will depend on the abilities of the people who live here and the quality of the decisions they make – but it is striking to how successful Scotland’s neighboring countries are, compared to the UK.

“They can help point the way to a wealthier and fairer New Scotland, more resilient and better placed to help people facing issues such as the cost of living crisis than a UK government committed to a hard Brexit whatever the price.

“The Building a New Scotland series will openly expose the challenges a newly independent Scotland would face, how they might be overcome, and the opportunities that come with independence – as evidenced by the success of comparable independent nations as well as our own resources and talents.

“The future of Scotland is the business of everyone who lives here and I look forward to the debate on how we can build this new and better country that we know is possible.”

Ms Sturgeon has said she intends to hold a referendum next year, but Boris Johnson has refused to grant Holyrood the power it needs to hold a legally watertight vote.

The Prime Minister has threatened to pass a unilateral Indyref2 bill at Holyrood if the Prime Minister continues to block a referendum, but that could be overturned by the UK Supreme Court.

The Scottish government released some of the legal advice it received in 2020 around Indyref2 last week, but it didn’t cover whether a unilateral vote would be legal.

The 2014 referendum was based on a transfer of power under a so-called Article 30 ordinance, but no such ordinance currently exists for a future referendum.

Tory MP Donald Cameron said: “Nicola Sturgeon is deliberately ignoring Scotland’s priorities to advance plans for a second independence referendum in 2023.

“The vast majority of Scots do not want to be distracted by another referendum next year. They want the government to be 100% focused on our recovery from the pandemic, the global cost of living crisis, supporting our NHS and protecting jobs.

“Yet Nicola Sturgeon recklessly continues his obsession anyway. It’s just shameful when the country faces so many major challenges.

“The distraction and disruption of another bitter referendum debate is the last thing Scotland needs right now.

He added: “”Nicola Sturgeon should be fully focused on helping people through this difficult time, not on diverting government resources and vast sums of public money into the obsession with the SNP.

“The people of Scotland want to see an SNP government focused on key tasks like building ferries, not breaking up the UK.”

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said: “Nicola Sturgeon has launched more independence campaigns than ferries.

“This coalition is about one thing and one thing only. Ministers devote their attention, senior civil servants and tens of millions of pounds to independence.

“They care more about their obsession with independence than anyone stuck on the longest NHS waiting lists in history, the cost of living crisis or the climate emergency. No one believes that education is Nicola Sturgeon’s top priority anymore.

“The SNP and the Greens take people for granted. Let’s put aside talk of an independence referendum and get to what matters now.

Labor Constitution spokeswoman Sarah Boyack added: ‘People are struggling to put food on the table during the worst cost of living crisis in a decade, but the Government’s attention SNP- Green is still on their constitutional obsession.

“We should be working together to tackle the cost of living crisis now – but instead the SNP-Green government wants to tear us apart.

“It is a terrible waste of time, energy and money while our public services are reduced to nothing.

“Far from making us richer, happier and fairer, the SNP and the Greens are jeopardizing our future with plans that would make Brexit look like a walk in the park.

“Instead of scrambling to fill the countless glaring holes in their plans, they should focus on delivering for Scotland now.”

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Scottish Greens snub Holyrood tribute to Queen https://elsverds.org/scottish-greens-snub-holyrood-tribute-to-queen/ Wed, 01 Jun 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://elsverds.org/scottish-greens-snub-holyrood-tribute-to-queen/ The Scottish Greens snubbed a debate at Holyrood over the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The MSPs left the room before the tributes to the monarch to mark her 70 years of reign. A spokesman for the party – which is in government with the SNP – said their MSPs believe the people “should choose a head […]]]>

The Scottish Greens snubbed a debate at Holyrood over the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The MSPs left the room before the tributes to the monarch to mark her 70 years of reign.

A spokesman for the party – which is in government with the SNP – said their MSPs believe the people “should choose a head of state, and that person should be accountable to the electorate”.

They added, “We respect others who have different beliefs and do not wish to deprive them of their celebration.

‘Our MSPs have decided to take time off from today’s short debate and vote on the royal celebration and instead spend their time serving their constituents.’

Scottish Tories have blasted the Greens, accusing them of ‘petty student politics’.

Sharon Dowey, the party’s Shadow Minister for Culture, Europe and International Development, said: ‘Her Majesty The Queen has been an outstanding ambassador for the UK during her seven-decade reign – and all others Holyrood political parties will seize this opportunity. thank Her Majesty for her years of service.

“The Greens’ refusal to do so is petty, student politics at its worst

“Their transparent attempt to woo anti-monarchy voters will only frustrate the vast majority of Scots who recognize this weekend’s Jubilee celebrations as a chance to show our gratitude for Her Majesty’s tireless devotion.”

During the debate, Nicola Sturgeon paid tribute, praising the Queen’s leadership and dedication. She said the 96-year-old had played “a vital role in the history of modern Scotland”.

Ms Strugeon told MSPs: “In the last decade alone she has helped score many important occasions here. She opened the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014. In 2015, the same day she became the UK’s longest-serving monarch, she officially opened the Border Railway.

“In 2017 she opened Queensbury Crossing exactly 53 years to the day after she opened the Forth Road Bridge.

“At all of these events it was very evident how great the public affection was for her, and also for the Duke of Edinburgh, whose loss last year will, I am sure, be very keenly felt. felt by her over the next few days.”

The Prime Minister said the country had been reminded of Her Majesty’s “sense of service very recently, in the example she set for all of us during the pandemic”.

Ms Sturgeon said: “In her public address during the first lockdown in April 2020, when she said better days would return and we would all meet again, she provided a heartwarming message of reassurance to an anxious and unstable population.

“And of course none of us will ever forget the deeply moving image of the Queen at the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh, her husband of 70 years, no doubt an image for the ages, as she once demonstrated moreover his determination to lead by example.

“She affirmed that day, as she has throughout her reign, those core values ​​of integrity, wisdom, justice and compassion.

“The Queen has been upholding these values ​​for over seven decades now. She has been a constant figure in an ever-changing world. And she has provided support and encouragement to many people over the decades.

The Prime Minister has confirmed that on behalf of the people of Scotland, the Scottish Government is preparing to present the Queen with a limited edition Johnnie Walker whisky, with a special design to celebrate the beauty of Scottish plants and wildlife, and a tartan throw. commissioned in honor of the three bridges over the Forth.

There are plans to plant a ‘Jubilee Wood’ of 70 native trees in Holyrood Park, close to the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

In his speech, Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross said the Queen had been “a constant presence in times of adversity and triumph, reflecting the mood of our country”.

He told MSPs: ‘As we celebrate the Queen’s reign today, we must also reflect on her role in our country today.

“She remains the UK’s most recognizable and persuasive advocate abroad, and a symbol of our enduring links with so many countries around the world. And she continues to dedicate her life to duty, to our country.

“Our country, Scotland and the whole of the UK are made richer by her dedication, her passion and her commitment to the people she has served and continues to serve.”

Labor’s Anas Sarwar said the jubilee was a chance to look to the future.

He told MSPs: “Some say Scotland’s and the UK’s best days are behind us. I believe they are wrong. Our best days are ahead of us.

“And together, as we celebrate, we can build a social bond of better union that celebrates the values ​​of Her Majesty and these islands. Duty, integrity, warmth, selfless service to others.”

Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said even in the “most ardent Republican hearts” in Parliament the Queen had “been deemed worthy of our trust”.

He added: “There are those who have argued that the money spent on celebrating the jubilee is unjustified, especially in the midst of the cost of living crisis. I have some sympathy for this prospect.

“But we must remember that these festivities also mark and commemorate a chapter in our nation’s history, who we have been and what we have stood for for the past 70 years will be recognized and celebrated this weekend.”

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Banning unused goods is part of SNP-Greens’ overdue circular economy plans https://elsverds.org/banning-unused-goods-is-part-of-snp-greens-overdue-circular-economy-plans/ Mon, 30 May 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://elsverds.org/banning-unused-goods-is-part-of-snp-greens-overdue-circular-economy-plans/ BUSINESSES would be banned from destroying unsold goods as part of the Scottish Government’s widespread plans to dispose of waste. SNP and Greens ministers have launched a consultation on an upcoming circular economy bill alongside a map of the waste route. The Scottish government has been criticized for delays in the plans. Ministers first pledged […]]]>

BUSINESSES would be banned from destroying unsold goods as part of the Scottish Government’s widespread plans to dispose of waste.

SNP and Greens ministers have launched a consultation on an upcoming circular economy bill alongside a map of the waste route.

The Scottish government has been criticized for delays in the plans. Ministers first pledged to introduce a circular economy bill in 2019 – but plans were put on hold due to the pandemic.

Ambitious targets set for 2025 for Scotland include ending landfill of biodegradable municipal waste, reducing the percentage of all waste sent to landfill to 5% and recycling 70% of all waste.

Under the proposals, the Scottish government could ban the destruction of unsold goods to ensure that products do not end up in landfill or burned in incinerators when they could be used or recycled.

Ministers are also considering new powers to tackle vehicle waste and a requirement for businesses to report excess waste figures for food and textiles.

Other plans under consideration include measures to reduce consumption of single-use items and potentially introduce separate curbside textile collections by 2025.

Greens Minister for the Circular Economy, Lorna Slater, said: “To tackle the climate and biodiversity crisis, we need to rapidly reduce our demand for raw materials, increase reuse and repair, and recycle more. .

“We need to make a circular option the easiest option for Scottish households, businesses and the public sector. I want everyone in the country to experience a modern, easy-to-use waste management service that empowers people to do the right thing for the planet.

“We are already taking action, including setting up the Scottish Deposit System and our £70m Recycling Enhancement Fund, but we know we need to act faster if we are to meet our climate obligations. It requires us to be bold, courageous and focused on taking the necessary actions – and it has to be a collective effort.

She added: “These consultations have defined the main actions proposed and the tools that we will put in place to help everyone play their part in reducing waste in our economy, capitalizing on the economic opportunities that a circular economy presents for businesses.

“The Circular Economy Bill will give us the power to reduce waste in our economy, while conserving valuable resources and protecting our natural environment.”

But Scottish LibDems have criticized the Scottish government’s delay in reviving proposals that have been put on hold during the pandemic.

The party’s climate emergency spokesman, Liam McArthur, said: ‘It’s been two years since this bill was parked. It takes an age for the SNP/green government to get it going again.

“On the other hand, it didn’t take long for them to resume the race for independence which tells you all about the priorities of this government.”

He added: “Scotland has a huge waste management problem and it needs to be addressed quickly.

“The Scottish Liberal Democrats will continue to demand faster government action on coffee cups, single-use plastics, fast fashion and more. Climate and natural emergencies cannot wait any longer.

Zero Waste Scotland’s chief executive, Iain Gulland, said: “Today marks a huge milestone in Scotland’s transition to a circular economy. “For years, Zero Waste Scotland has championed and helped usher in a more circular economy to reduce overconsumption.

“By supporting Scottish citizens, communities and businesses, through tailored funding and advice, we are working hard to implement more sustainable lifestyles.

“The Circular Economy Bill includes measures and approaches that will further cement and support the progress we are making and, importantly, it is a step in the right direction to end our contribution to the climate crisis.

“I encourage everyone in Scotland to take part in these vital consultations.”

Kim Pratt, circular economy campaigner at Friends of the Earth Scotland, said: “Overconsumption by a wealthy few is pushing our entire planet to breaking point.

“Our current economic system, based on the idea of ​​unlimited growth, is causing climate breakdown and leading to disruptions in the global supply of materials – this cannot go on any longer. We must reduce our dependence towards new materials by changing our economic consumption patterns.

“The Scottish Government has made some really encouraging suggestions in the Circular Economy Bill. We need circularity to be embedded across Scottish government and economic sectors for it to be as effective as possible.

“The commitment to regular reviews and the creation of a public circular economy body are welcome. This new organization must be independent of government and adequately funded. Creating a circular economy will require a step change in the scale and pace of change, based on strong leadership and collaboration.Now is the time to be bold.

“Scotland’s carbon and material footprint reduction targets need to be at the heart of the Circular Economy Bill to create real change, so it’s great to see these have been prioritised. in the bill.

“We must reduce Scotland’s carbon footprint to zero by 2050 to ensure Scotland contributes its fair share to global climate mitigation. Scotland’s material footprint must be reduced further by half by 2050.

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Scotland could ban destruction of unsold goods under new Greens bill https://elsverds.org/scotland-could-ban-destruction-of-unsold-goods-under-new-greens-bill/ Mon, 30 May 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://elsverds.org/scotland-could-ban-destruction-of-unsold-goods-under-new-greens-bill/ A NEW law is being proposed that would prohibit businesses from destroying unsold durable goods. This decision aims to increase reuse and recycling rates. The Circular Economy Bill will also include measures to introduce charges for single-use coffee cups and other disposable beverage containers. A consultation on the bill was launched by Circular Economy Minister […]]]>

A NEW law is being proposed that would prohibit businesses from destroying unsold durable goods.

This decision aims to increase reuse and recycling rates.

The Circular Economy Bill will also include measures to introduce charges for single-use coffee cups and other disposable beverage containers.

A consultation on the bill was launched by Circular Economy Minister Lorna Slater, who said: “To tackle the climate and biodiversity crisis, we need to rapidly reduce our demand for raw materials, increase reuse and repair and recycle more.

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“We need to make a circular option the easiest option for Scottish households, businesses and the public sector.

“I want everyone in the country to experience a modern, easy-to-use waste management service that empowers people to do the right thing for the planet.”

The Greens minister also said the latest proposals would include the power to set local recycling targets and require businesses to declare surplus and waste for goods such as food and textiles.

There is also talk of making it possible to impose a fine on the owner of a vehicle if waste is thrown away.

Slater added: “We are already taking action, including setting up Scotland’s deposit return system and our £70m recycling improvement fund, but we know we need to act faster. if we are to meet our climate obligations.”

Scotland’s climate change plan includes various measures, including phasing out the need for new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030, as well as investment in peatlands and forests.

Slater continued: “It requires us to be bold, courageous and focused on taking the necessary actions – and it has to be a collective effort.

“These consultations defined the main actions proposed and the tools we will put in place to help everyone play their part in reducing waste in our economy, capitalizing on the economic opportunities that a circular economy presents for businesses.

“The Circular Economy Bill will give us the power to reduce waste in our economy, while conserving valuable resources and protecting our natural environment.”

Environmental campaigners hailed the latest decision amid calls for strong targets to curb global resource extraction fueling Scotland’s economy.

They also want to see measures introduced to change the way materials are used in Scotland.

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Kim Pratt, Friends of the Earth Scotland, said: “The Scottish Government has made some really encouraging suggestions in the Circular Economy Bill.

“We need circularity to be embedded across Scottish government and economic sectors for it to be as effective as possible.

“The commitment to regular reviews and the creation of a circular economic public body are welcome.”

Scotland’s material footprint in 2017 was 18 tonnes per person, which is above the EU average of 14 tonnes per person.

Experts have suggested that we can live a sustainable, high-quality life on eight tons per person by moving to a circular economy where materials are reused and recycled as much as possible.

Pratt added, “This new organization must be independent of government and adequately funded. Creating a circular economy will require a step change in the scale and pace of change, based on strong leadership and collaboration.

“Now is the time to be bold.”

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SNP and Greens reach deal with Glasgow City Council https://elsverds.org/snp-and-greens-reach-deal-with-glasgow-city-council/ Tue, 17 May 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://elsverds.org/snp-and-greens-reach-deal-with-glasgow-city-council/ The SNP and the Scottish Greens have reached a co-operation agreement to work together in Glasgow City Council, the Herald can reveal. Green councilors will chair a new net zero and climate progress monitoring committee and a just transition task force, while the two sides will work together to develop a joint strategic plan for […]]]>

The SNP and the Scottish Greens have reached a co-operation agreement to work together in Glasgow City Council, the Herald can reveal.

Green councilors will chair a new net zero and climate progress monitoring committee and a just transition task force, while the two sides will work together to develop a joint strategic plan for Glasgow City Council which they plan to complete this fall or winter.

The Greens will also chair the Neighborhoods, Housing and Public Realms Committee, and will have Vice Chairs on the Education, Skills and Early Years and Environment, Sustainability and Harm Reduction Committees. carbon emissions.

But the SNP will continue to run the council as a minority administration, statements from both sides added.

The new administration will be formally proposed and supported by both sides on Thursday at a full council meeting where the leader of the council, Lord Provost and committee organizers will also be named.

The arrangement does not bind the Greens in any votes beyond the appointment of an administration, but leaves open the possibility that a stronger pact will be formed between the parties.

SNP Group leader Susan Aitken said: ‘People in Glasgow will face huge challenges in the years to come, from the daily impact of the cost of living crisis on incomes and the longer-term effect of the pandemic and Brexit on communities until ensuring a fair and just transition is offered to all Glasgow residents and that our city is climate ready.

“At a time of great uncertainty, this agreement between the SNP and the Greens can help provide the confident and responsible leadership that this city and its people need.

“It’s about doing politics and governance differently. It is clear that the SNP and the Greens have a lot in common and have agreed in recent years on how best to tackle the major challenges affecting the people of Glasgow.

“Most importantly, we share a willingness to work together to take the bold, urgent and progressive action that the immediate and future needs of the people of Glasgow demand.”

In a statement, the SNP said that “the agreement commits to constructive cooperation to meet shared and progressive priorities and aims to provide both the freshness of approach and the assurance of purpose needed to help address the impact of the cost of living crisis, facilitate the city’s recovery from the pandemic and accelerate climate action”.

The City Council’s SNP and Greens groups have worked closely together on a number of key areas in recent years, including joint budgets.

Both groups will continue to exist and meet as distinct and separate parties with their own internal procedures and appointments.

The SNP statement added that in the coming weeks and months, “the two groups will work together constructively to agree a strategic plan for the term of the Council 2022-2027.”

The strategic plan will include commitments aligned with the SNP and the Green Manifesto, as well as additional commitments from each group. The strategic plan is expected to be finalized and approved by the full board in fall/winter 2022.

In a statement, the Scottish Greens said the party would commit to “climate action and council reform” as part of the working agreement with the SNP.

The party said it “is confident that its increased role” on the city council “will lead to greater progress in tackling the climate emergency and the cost of living crisis”.

He went on to say that the two groups are also committed to providing a “more open, inclusive and participatory council, committing to be more responsive to the needs of the people of Glasgow after the election left the council under no overall control”.

Green group co-host Councilor Martha Wardrop said: ‘The outcome of the recent election has made it clear to us that the people of Glasgow agree with our vision for a more effective, more democratic and people-oriented council. the future.

“With our largest group of Green Councilors to date, we will hold a minority SNP administration to account while working collaboratively with all parties to deliver a fairer, greener and more inclusive Glasgow and to bring about the change for which people voted.”

Co-organizer of the Greens group, Councilor Jon Molyneux, said: “While other parties may want to pick up arguments from years past or debate national issues rather than local priorities, the Greens will work with the people of Glasgow to make sure the council listens to those we represent and bring to our communities. We will work collaboratively over the next few months to deliver a new five-year plan for the board that delivers the incremental change people want to see.

Negotiations began in City Chambers last week with Susan Aitken, leader of Glasgow City Council’s SNP group, and SNP senior adviser Ricky Bell, in charge of negotiations for their party.

The May 5 poll saw the SNP re-elected as Glasgow’s largest party, winning 37 seats (down two from 2017), Labor taking 36 (up five), the Greens ten (up down three) and the Conservatives two (down six). ).

From left SNP Glasgow Councilor Chris Cunningham, with fellow Glasgow Councilors Jon Molyneux of the Scottish Greens and Ricky Bell of the SNP at the Glasgow count on May 6 this year. Photo by Colin Mearns.

The co-operation agreement between the SNP and the Greens in Glasgow will not have to be approved by Greens party members in the city.

Indeed, it does not bind the Greens in any vote beyond the appointment of an administration. However, should this situation change, party members would be consulted and an additional, stricter deal would require the approval of Glasgow branch members.

Scottish Conservative councilor Thomas Kerr, group leader in Glasgow, was scathing about the deal.

He said: “An SNP-led council was bad enough for the people of Glasgow, but add the Greens to the equation and it’s a recipe for even more misery – especially for motorists.

“In their Glasgow manifesto, the Greens not only backed the introduction of the hated SNP workplace parking charge, but called for it to be extended ‘to include other non-residential parking spaces’.

“So people who depend on their car to get to work – including those on relatively low wages in the hospitality industry – risk being hit with another tax just for the privilege of doing their job.

“It’s the last thing the people of Glasgow need in the midst of a cost of living crisis.

“We can also be sure that the scourge of the city’s potholes will be ignored by the anti-car Greens and their fellow nationalists.”

Members of the Scottish Greens backed the Bute House deal last August, which saw co-leaders Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater appointed junior ministers in Nicola Sturgeon’s government.

It was the first time the party had won a government position in the UK.

The Bute House Accord did not result in a formal coalition as it allowed the parties to agree to disagree on certain policy areas, for example whether an independent Scotland should be a member of NATO. The SNP supports membership while the Greens do not.

After local elections on May 5, First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said she would be open to her party reaching Holyrood-style deals on councils with the Scottish Greens, but added that such arrangements would be left to local parties.

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SNP and Greens strike deal in Glasgow to lead City Council https://elsverds.org/snp-and-greens-strike-deal-in-glasgow-to-lead-city-council/ Tue, 17 May 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://elsverds.org/snp-and-greens-strike-deal-in-glasgow-to-lead-city-council/ The SNP and the Greens have announced a deal to lead Scotland’s largest local authority. The Greens have agreed to back a minority SNP administration, while being guaranteed some key roles by the larger party. Green Councilors were told they would chair a new Net Zero and Climate Progress Oversight Committee and a Just Transition […]]]>

The SNP and the Greens have announced a deal to lead Scotland’s largest local authority.

The Greens have agreed to back a minority SNP administration, while being guaranteed some key roles by the larger party.

Green Councilors were told they would chair a new Net Zero and Climate Progress Oversight Committee and a Just Transition Task Force.

They will also chair the City’s Neighborhoods and Housing Committee and serve as Vice Chairs on the Education and Environment Committees.

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The Greens say the deal means they will officially remain in opposition while giving their support to the minority SNP administration.

The two parties worked together in the previous administration, which was also a minority in the SNP, in particular by adopting joint budgets.

The SNP said the deal only binds the first vote of the new council, which will be held on Thursday May 19 and will see the election of a leader and Lord Provost.

The leader is expected to continue to be Susan Aitken.

While the SNP, led by Aitken, lost two seats, the Greens, led jointly by Jon Molyneux and Martha Wardrop, won three and propelled the SNP leader to first place in his Langside district.

Aitken said: “People in Glasgow will face huge challenges in the years to come, ranging from the day-to-day impact of the cost of living crisis on incomes and the longer-term effect of pandemic and Brexit on communities to ensuring a just and fair transition for all Glasgow residents and that our city is climate ready.

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“At a time of great uncertainty, this agreement between the SNP and the Greens can help provide the confident and responsible leadership that this city and its people need.

“It’s about doing politics and governance differently. It is clear that the SNP and the Greens have much in common and have agreed over recent years on how best to tackle the major challenges affecting the people of Glasgow and, above all, we share a desire to work together to take bold, urgent and progressive action which the immediate needs and future demands of the people of Glasgow.

Greens co-leader Wardrop said: “The outcome of the recent election has made it clear to us that the people of Glasgow agree with our vision for a more effective, more democratic and forward-looking council.

“With our largest group of Green Councillors, we will hold a minority SNP administration to account while working collaboratively across all parties to deliver a fairer, greener and more inclusive Glasgow and to bring about the change that people have been crying out for. vote.”

Molyneux said the incoming administration would “ensure the council listens to those we represent and delivers for our communities.”

He added that the administration’s next priority would be to agree on a five-year plan for the city to deliver “the incremental change that people want to see”.

The SNP said the five-year strategic plan would include compatible manifesto commitments from both sides and “additional commitments from each group”.

The Greens currently hold 10 seats on the council, overtaking the Conservatives as the third group after the May 5 vote.

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Greens’ trajectory could mimic historic SNP rise https://elsverds.org/greens-trajectory-could-mimic-historic-snp-rise/ Mon, 09 May 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://elsverds.org/greens-trajectory-could-mimic-historic-snp-rise/ At first, the first sample data from Glasgow’s local election tally didn’t look quite right. Hunched over a single laptop in the Emirates Arena as Green campaigners paced back and forth with hastily written information marks, the small team entering sampled ballot boxes were skeptical. If the figures were correct, they appeared to indicate that […]]]>

At first, the first sample data from Glasgow’s local election tally didn’t look quite right. Hunched over a single laptop in the Emirates Arena as Green campaigners paced back and forth with hastily written information marks, the small team entering sampled ballot boxes were skeptical.

If the figures were correct, they appeared to indicate that the city’s Langside area had overwhelmingly backed Green candidate Holly Bruce with first-preference votes over the current SNP leader from across the council – something that could be attributed Early through confirmation among activists gathered on a gray Friday morning.

After all, it’s natural for the eye to jump to what it’s looking for, and with only a second or two to spot a preference before an official counter smooths the folded lines of a ballot and lays down the results in a box, or moves to another sheet of pencil figures, it is understandable that small mistakes can slip in there.

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As official counting began however, with paper ballots piling up in scanners and being fitted with the complex equations necessary for proportional and representative advice, it looked less and less like an error in the counts and more like a potential reality. When Holly Bruce disappeared behind the curtain to hear the results, the waiting crowd seemed to realize something big was going on – and the roaring applause that followed her exit confirmed it.

A cannon shot had been fired with an unexpected victory, and the day was just beginning.

On paper, the local election results tell their own story, separate from the electric atmosphere of the counts taking place across Scotland. In terms of numbers, the election results went broadly as planned. The SNP remained the party with the most councilors elected in Scotland by a significant margin, even increasing their numbers. Labor also made small gains, while the Tories (mostly) paid the price for their leaders’ arrogance and rights. And the Alba party lost what few seats it had taken through defections and found its self-prophesied ‘breakthrough’ to be as soon as its promised reshuffle at Holyrood in 2021.

For the Scottish Greens however, at box level the gains looked quite moderate. Digging a little deeper however, a different national picture emerges; one that better matches the raw excitement that could be felt in Glasgow on Friday.

Although a small party, the Greens continue to make inroads across Scotland as a growing political force. Residents of the Borders, East Lothian, South Lanarkshire, North Lanarkshire and Shetland will have green representation on their local councils for the first time ever. Alongside Glasgow, Edinburgh and the Highlands sacked a record number of Green councillors; results flowed from campaigner to campaigner between counts as victories came in throughout the day.

With hits in Glasgow’s neighborhoods growing denser as the morning passed into the afternoon, there was a sudden rumble of uncertainty about an announcement. A candidate had been elected in a neighborhood where it was not even conceivable that a green victory could occur and, as such, no one had sampled the data for this area. Again, it was assumed that this was a misunderstanding. This was not the case.

These victories are the result of seeds planted by the party over many years. In many ways, the Greens appear to be on a trajectory not unlike the historic rise of the SNP and its breakthrough from small party to governing party, building on small victories to sow the seed.

And these victories were played out on the national stage. Despite their size, the Greens wield significant power; not only through the controversial cooperation agreement with the SNP government, but also on the local scene. They’ve probably just found themselves the kingmakers of Glasgow City Council.

The wider narrative here is no different to Holyrood’s last election in 2021, where the numbers alone told only part of the story. It’s a story about how power changes and shifts, yes, but it’s also a story about Scotland’s future.

While the crowd of candidates, campaign managers and party activists seemed largely buoyed by the results at the Emirates Arena (except for the Tories whose faces were mostly a picture-perfect picture of misery), he there was a wave of unease over the election of Labor’s Kieran Turner – a candidate with a side gig as Scottish Public Leadership and Advocacy Leader for the Evangelical Fellowship; an anti-LGBT organization supporting the harmful practice of conversion therapy.

Alongside the election of the former Orange Order of Labor world leader in Airdrie, there appears to be a growing divide between parties who represent the future more than the past.

Yet, it’s not just a central belt story, but a microcosm of a fight taking place across Scotland. In the future. The importance of local issues. And about who represents our communities.

While smaller, backward-looking parties like Alba and the Scottish Family Party once again found themselves left behind by the electorate, the upstart Greens instead ventured into fertile ground across Scotland and again dropped seeds in their wake.

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Scottish Greens: The only opinions respected by these intolerant politicians are their own – Brian Wilson https://elsverds.org/scottish-greens-the-only-opinions-respected-by-these-intolerant-politicians-are-their-own-brian-wilson/ Fri, 15 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://elsverds.org/scottish-greens-the-only-opinions-respected-by-these-intolerant-politicians-are-their-own-brian-wilson/ Scottish Greens co-leaders Lorna Slater and Patrick Harvie should be more respectful of the opinions of others (Picture: John Devlin) I try to stick to topics that I have direct knowledge of and so I’ve been very willing to leave gender identification to others. If asked, I would say that allowing self-identification to become a […]]]>
Scottish Greens co-leaders Lorna Slater and Patrick Harvie should be more respectful of the opinions of others (Picture: John Devlin)

I try to stick to topics that I have direct knowledge of and so I’ve been very willing to leave gender identification to others. If asked, I would say that allowing self-identification to become a passport in women’s safe spaces has many risks.

This may be wrong but is not the product of any ‘phobia’. If there are counter-arguments inside or outside Holyrood, I will listen with interest and respect. However, it is all too obvious that neither Mrs. Slater nor Mr. Harvie have any respect for opinions other than their own – a very green characteristic.

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For Ms. Slater to first identify dissent from her views as a “phobia” and then equate it with racism and anti-Semitism represents the delusions of a fanatic. Then the otherwise unemployable Mr Harvie weighed in with a nurturing hand bite, denouncing the SNP’s tolerance of ‘transphobia’ within its ranks.

It is worth remembering that Ms Slater is only in her absurdly high position because Andy Wightman quit the Greens over this same issue and moved their Lothian list up to eligibility. Never have Scottish voters done a worse deal.

Ms Sturgeon recently lamented the “polarised and toxic” political climate. For once, she could practice what she preaches by getting rid of these two clowns from her administration.

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Independent Scotland should not join NATO despite Russian war in Europe, Greens insist https://elsverds.org/independent-scotland-should-not-join-nato-despite-russian-war-in-europe-greens-insist/ Sun, 06 Mar 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://elsverds.org/independent-scotland-should-not-join-nato-despite-russian-war-in-europe-greens-insist/ An independent Scotland would be better off staying out of the NATO military alliance, the Scottish Greens have said. The party – which will hold its spring conference on Friday – does not plan to change its defense policy despite the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This puts the Greens at odds with the SNP as […]]]>

An independent Scotland would be better off staying out of the NATO military alliance, the Scottish Greens have said.

The party – which will hold its spring conference on Friday – does not plan to change its defense policy despite the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

This puts the Greens at odds with the SNP as the Nationalists dropped their longstanding opposition to NATO in 2012.

Both parties remain opposed to nuclear weapons and have pledged to remove them from Faslane if a majority of Scots vote for independence in the future.

A senior defense official today warned that the relocation of Britain’s nuclear deterrent poses a threat to European security.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has already forced several European countries to re-examine their military spending and defense approaches.

Finland and Sweden are both members of the EU but have never joined NATO.

A poll released last week found that a majority of Finns now support joining the military alliance, fearing what Vladimir Putin might do next.

The Greens have previously argued that an independent Scotland should immediately sign the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty which would outlaw the Trident submarines at Faslane and force their removal.

A spokesman for the Greens said: “Our position on NATO is old and well understood.

“As a democratic party, any change in this position would be up to the members, but as the world changes, we would always look for ways to ensure peace and cooperation.

“One need only look at the important role the EU has played this week in terms of sanctions and practical support for Ukraine to see an example of a close working relationship between neighbours, not all of whom are members of the EU. NATO alliance.”

There are no set criteria for joining NATO, but potential candidates must meet certain political and other considerations.

It comes as a retired defense chief has warned that SNP and Green plans to remove nuclear submarines from the Clyde could jeopardize European security.

Rear Admiral John Gower, a former submarine commander, warned that the withdrawal of Trident submarines would seriously expose the West.

“Leaving Faslane and Coulport quickly after a referendum, and that is the position of the SNP, would pose a very significant threat to British deterrence,” he told The Sunday Times.

“A hasty departure from Faslane would pose a clear and present risk to this deterrence.

“To see the departure of nuclear weapons from an independent Scotland could be considered an easy gift, a comfortable and risk-free by-product of independence for many Scottish voters.”

“However, they need to be told, on a factual basis, of the implications for Scotland, the rest of the UK, the wider NATO alliance.”

He added: “If the Prime Minister is successful in triggering a second independence referendum, the people of Scotland should be in no doubt about the potential effect on British deterrence and therefore, in the worst-case scenario, the consequences for the security of the NATO alliance and the wider European Union. Security.”

Scottish Conservative MP Donald Cameron said: “It is staggering that the appalling situation in Ukraine has not opened the eyes of the Scottish Greens to the vital importance of us standing together in NATO.

“The SNP has brought extremists into the heart of the Scottish government who would prefer us to be less secure than we are now with the UK as a key part of the NATO defensive alliance.”

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