GREENS ACROSS EUROPE SHOW SUPPORT FOR YES VOTE

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Green Yes, the Scottish Green Party’s campaign for a Yes vote in the

referendum, will today (16 Sep) show the widespread support it has from
colleagues across the UK and Europe for independence.

Activists from England, Wales, France, Poland, Slovakia and Catalonia are in
Edinburgh to help the Green Yes campaign, with others showing their support on
social media using the hashtag #GreenYesSupport.

Along with Green MSPs Patrick Harvie and Alison Johnstone they will help the
campaign at the hugely popular Green Yes Tardis (ex-police call box) on Leith
Walk in the city.

Green MSP Patrick Harvie said:

“In recent weeks Scottish Greens have been receiving messages of support from
colleagues around the world as we campaign for a Yes vote. Our friends see the
chance we have of achieving a fairer, greener future for Scotland, but also
the chance for the UK to renew itself as a result.

“With a Yes vote we can make real progress on nuclear disarmament, we can
prioritise equality and end austerity. We can strengthen the case of
colleagues who want change elsewhere in these islands.

“Greens have a reputation as outward-looking internationalists, and the show
of support we’re seeing for Green Yes makes us even more determined to win
independence for Scotland so our country can be a force for good in the
world.”

Zara Kitson, Co-convener of the Scottish Young Greens, said:

“As internationalists, connected to the global greens political movement,
Scottish Young Greens have been welcoming support from activists across the
UK, Europe and beyond. Independence for Scotland offers an opportunity of a
generation – one that generations before us have progressed to bring us to
this momentous point.”

 

Independence for Scotland offers an opportunity of a generation - one that generations before us have progressed to bring us to this momentous point.
Zara Kitson

GREENS PUBLISH OIL INDUSTRY SUBSIDY FIGURE, PUSH FOR DECOMMISSIONING ROLE FOR INDEPENDENT SCOTLAND

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Green Yes, the Scottish Green Party’s campaign for a Yes vote in the independence referendum, today (14 Sep) has published new figures which for the first time estimate the public subsidy behind big oil company profits.

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The campaign has also published a detailed report by a leading oil finance author, showing the options an independent Scotland would have to position itself as a world leader in offshore decommissioning and publicly owned renewables.

The subsidy figure reveals that oil companies receive around £1billion worth of tax breaks from the UK Government every year – that’s roughly £190 from every Scot.

Patrick Harvie, Green MSP for Glasgow and Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, said:

“As Scotland debates its future, discussion over oil has tended to focus on extracting every last drop and burning it, when we know we simply can’t afford to do that for economic and environmental reasons. What has also been overlooked is the huge subsidy we’re all giving the big oil companies. Now that figure’s out in the open we should consider the logic of continuing such massive tax breaks.

“Big oil companies are already throwing their weight around as the vote nears, and an independent Scotland should be prepared to stand up to that. If Scotland remains part of the UK we will struggle to assert control; with a Yes we can build a genuinely sustainable economy, reducing our reliance on a declining industry and instead growing the clean technology of the future.”

 

£1bn subsidy figure explained

We place the average tax break at around £1.15 billion per annum for the entire UK Continental Shelf. The Scottish proportion of this is approximately 90 per cent or roughly £1.05 billion per year. The 90:10 split is based on Scotland’s geographical share and commonly used.

This total figure is an estimate based on a combination of Government and industry estimates but very limited data.

The Green Yes graphic includes illustrations of what £1 billion could deliver instead of subsidising oil industry profits: more renewables, childcare, 25,000 extra teachers, 28,000 extra nurses.

Green Yes Energy Independence briefing – report by Mika Minio-Paluello

 

Big oil companies are already throwing their weight around as the vote nears, and an independent Scotland should be prepared to stand up to that.
Patrick Harvie MSP

HARVIE URGES GLASGOW TO VOTE YES TO TACKLE INEQUALITY

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

Green Yes, the Scottish Green Party’s campaign for a Yes vote in the independence referendum, is today (13 Sep) urging Scotland’s biggest city to vote Yes to close its appalling inequality gap.

Glasgow is the worst local authority area for income deprivation in Scotland at 21 per cent of the population. In other words, almost a quarter of Glasgwegians are on income support or jobseeker’s allowance, with no other source of income.

By contrast Aberdeenshire and Shetland are the least income deprived at just 7 per cent. And within Glasgow there’s a wide variation, with some neighbourhoods such as Parkhead and Dalmarnock up to 41 per cent deprived.

Today Patrick Harvie, Green MSP for Glasgow and Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, will join with other campaigners from across the broad Yes movement to speak to voters in the city centre as part of the ‘People’s Takeover’.

Mr Harvie said:

“Rebuilding the welfare state, improving jobs and wages, and tackling the structural causes of poverty all require a Yes vote. As well as closing the gap between rich and poor we have the chance to rebalance the economy within Scotland.

“Westminster has had its chance and failed, over successive governments. By taking responsibility for the vast wealth we generate here in Scotland we can at last put it to good use and really help Glasgow flourish.”



Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics showing income deprivation in Glasgow


By taking responsibility for the vast wealth we generate here in Scotland we can at last put it to good use and really help Glasgow flourish.
Patrick Harvie MSP

HARVIE TO OUTLINE BREADTH OF YES TO WORLD MEDIA

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Patrick Harvie, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, will today (11 Sep) join other leading figures in the Yes campaign to outline the breadth of the pro-independence movement to a large audience of international media.

Mr Harvie, whose party has been running its own distinct Green Yes campaign, will speak in Edinburgh alongside the First Minister, Deputy First Minister, Canon Kenyon Wright who chaired the Scottish Constitutional Convention in the 1990s, and Anum Qaisar of Muslim Friends of Labour.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

“One of the most exciting aspects of this campaign is how broad the Yes movement has become, and Scottish Greens have played a significant part, taking our message far and wide. The level of engagement from the public is amazing and I believe the prospect of building a better democracy has been a key motivating factor.

“Yes has been a wonderful and creative movement, but this debate has already gone way beyond the Yes and No campaigns, and is now being driven by ordinary people having conversations about the kind of country they want to see. The days of aloof leaders telling us how it’s going to be are over.”

 

The level of engagement from the public is amazing and I believe the prospect of building a better democracy has been a key motivating factor.
Patrick Harvie MSP

YES VOTE WOULD BE RECIPE FOR SUCCESS SAY GREENS

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Green Yes, the Scottish Green Party’s campaign for a Yes vote in the referendum, is highlighting the food and drink sector as an example of how independence could help unleash economic revival and thousands of new jobs.

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Green MSP Alison Johnstone, a member of Holyrood’s economy committee,
yesterday (10 Sep) visited the pioneering Pillars of Hercules Farm in
Fife to discuss the opportunity an independent Scotland would have to
focus on rural and urban small business growth.

The Scottish Greens have published a briefing paper called An Economy
For All, which outlines how the party would use the powers of
independence to create a jobs-rich, fair and flourishing economy.

Alison Johnstone MSP said:

“Independence gives us an unrivalled opportunity to kick start economic
revival across Scotland, so we see more variety, better wages and more
jobs.

“Scotland is famed for its great quality food production and has so
much potential. We have the opportunity to grow a sustainable industry
for rural communities, supporting everything from microbreweries to
dairies and from fruit growers to livestock producers.

“With full powers we could create a local banking network to support
jobs in the local economy and we could make EU procurement rules work
in favour of small and local suppliers bidding for public contracts.

“By taking control of economic policy, tax and regulation, and speaking
for ourselves in Europe, we can prioritise satisfying jobs and
locally-owned businesses in areas such as food and drink. That’s the
sort of economic choice we would have with independence.”

 

Jobs-rich, fair and flourishing, An Economy for All (Green Yes)

We have the opportunity to grow a sustainable industry for rural communities, supporting everything from microbreweries to dairies and from fruit growers to livestock producers.
Alison Johnstone MSP

HARVIE ON 'DISCONNECTED' CAMERON, MILIBAND AND CLEGG

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Green Yes, the Scottish Green Party’s campaign for a Yes vote in the independence referendum, is highlighting the panic within the No campaign as proof of how disconnected the UK political parties are from the Scottish electorate.

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Patrick Harvie, Green MSP for Glasgow and Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, said:

“This referendum has been coming since 2011 yet with less than ten days to go only now do the UK’s political leaders spring into action, with the attempted hoisting of a flag.

“Cameron, Clegg and Miliband’s actions demonstrate the very disconnect from Scotland’s politics that is motivating so many people to vote Yes. For huge numbers of Yes voters this has nothing to do with flags or identity, and everything to do with building an accountable democracy, a more equal society, and ending the austerity endorsed by all three of these men.”

On Labour MP Gordon Brown’s suggestion of further devolution, Mr Harvie said:

“None of the extra powers apparently on offer would allow us to speak for ourselves on the world stage, or reject weapons of mass destruction in our waters, or hold unelected power to account. Scots have a chance to forge a new political culture, not just in Scotland, but across these islands. A Yes vote is the way to achieve that.”

For huge numbers of Yes voters this has nothing to do with flags or identity, and everything to do with building an accountable democracy, a more equal society, and ending the austerity endorsed by all three of these men.
Patrick Harvie MSP

GREENS URGE YES TO OPEN DOOR TO SMALL BUSINESS REVOLUTION

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Green Yes, the Scottish Green Party’s campaign for a Yes vote in the referendum, today highlighted how independence could help open the door to a small business revolution.

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Green MSP Alison Johnstone, a member of Holyrood’s economy committee, today met with a dozen micro-business entrepreneurs to discuss her party’s proposal to streamline the administration faced by start-ups.

With the powers of independence Scotland could create a regulatory account manager for firms with ten or fewer employees, giving them one point of contact rather than multiple contacts for different health, safety and environmental regulators.

The proposal features in a Green Yes briefing paper called An Economy For All, which outlines how the party would use the powers of independence to create a jobs-rich, fair and flourishing economy.

Alison Johnstone MSP said:

“By taking control of economic policy, tax and regulation, and speaking for ourselves in Europe, we can prioritise an economy for all. 94 per cent of Scottish private sector businesses have fewer than 10 employees, and we should seize the opportunity to help them grow and encourage new ones to follow.

“One way of boosting these numbers would be to introduce a single-point regulator for very small enterprises in recognition of their scale. That really would show that Scotland is open for business. It would allow us to tap into the can-do attitude and full potential of Scotland. It would rebalance our economy towards locally-owned, sustainable businesses, and challenge the dominance of multinationals.”

 

Jobs-rich, fair and flourishing, An Economy for All (Green Yes)

Scottish Government figures show between 2012 and 2013 the number of the smallest unregistered businesses increased from 181,775 to 183,055 – an extra 1,280 micro businesses (0.7% increase)

94 per cent of Scottish private sector businesses have fewer than 10 employees, and we should seize the opportunity to help them grow and encourage new ones to follow.
Alison Johnstone MSP

EQUAL PAY: GREENS HIGHLIGHT YES OPPORTUNITY

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Green Yes, the Scottish Green Party’s campaign for a Yes vote in the
independence referendum, is urging voters to seize the opportunity to
create a more equal society.

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Green MSP Alison Johnstone, a member of Holyrood’s economy committee,
today (5 Sep) launched a new booklet by the Women’s Network of the
Scottish Green Party, highlighting the appalling pay gap between men
and women.

On average women earn 13 per cent less than men in full-time private
sector jobs. This means if a man earns £10,000, a woman doing
equivalent work gets just £8,700. The gap is almost 34 per cent less in
part-time jobs.

Equal pay laws are controlled by Westminster and at the moment only
public sector employers are required to take steps to ensure pay
equality.

In June a Survation poll of 1,000 Scots for the Green MSPs found that
75 per cent supported the idea of large private sector employers being
required to ensure pay equality.

Alison said:

“The opportunity we have on 18 September is to create a more equal
society. The austerity agenda of the UK, which will continue whoever’s
in Downing Street, is particularly harmful to women, and there’s no
offer to devolve responsibility for equal pay laws.

“By taking control we’d be able to give this matter the attention it
has sadly lacked. There’s a clear desire among Scots for action on
this, and it’s better we decide for ourselves than hope Westminster
changes its tune.”

 

Scottish Green Party Women’s Network booklet “INEQUALITY IS UNJUST AND
UNSUSTAINABLE”

Pay gap measurements – see table 1 (Close the Gap)

There's a clear desire among Scots for action on this, and it's better we decide for ourselves than hope Westminster changes its tune.
Alison Johnstone MSP

STV DEBATE: HUGE RESPONSE TO HARVIE'S GREEN YES MESSAGE

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Green Yes, the Scottish Green Party’s campaign for a Yes vote in the independence referendum, is hailing the vision laid out by Green MSP Patrick Harvie during tonight’s high profile debate on STV and ITV Border.

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As the polls narrow, and as momentum for Yes grows, Mr Harvie used the national television platform to say: “Scotland is ready now. Let’s vote Yes.”

Reaction on social media was overwhelmingly positive, with a surge of praise during Patrick’s closing remarks on behalf of Yes.

Mr Harvie, the Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, spoke of the opportunity for Scotland to become one of the world’s leading mediators, promoting peace and international cooperation.

He also highlighted the threat to Scotland’s future in Europe from a Conservative/UKIP agenda, compared to having our own seat at the European table to enable Scotland’s priorities to finally be heard.

Green MSP Alison Johnstone said:

“This debate showed there’s a range of voices on both sides, and without a doubt Patrick presented a hugely compelling vision of a better Scotland, a vision that just simply isn’t forthcoming from the No side. As we enter the final fortnight of campaigning Greens will continue to persuade voters who’re unsure of independence to see the amazing opportunity they have to truly shape the direction of our country.”

This debate showed there's a range of voices on both sides, and without a doubt Patrick presented a hugely compelling vision of a better Scotland, a vision that just simply isn't forthcoming from the No side.
Alison Johnstone MSP

YES VOTE OFFERS UK CHANGE SAYS ENGLISH GREEN LEADER

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

With just over two weeks to go to the Scottish independence referendum, the leader of the Green Party of England and Wales today visited Edinburgh to explain why her party supports the Scottish Greens’ push for a Yes vote.

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Natalie Bennett, whose party has 160 councillors, 3 MEPs and Green MP Caroline Lucas, says Scottish independence would shake up UK politics and encourage progressive forces throughout the British Isles.

Since launching their distinctive Green Yes campaign last November the Scottish Greens have taken their message of opportunity to hundreds of communities across Scotland, directly appealing to undecided voters.

Tonight at the Out of the Blue arts venue in Leith Natalie will explain why a Yes vote would be good for the rest of the UK.

Natalie Bennett said:

“Scotland voting Yes represents an opportunity to show that there is an alternative to the unfair austerity, social division and privatisation pursued by Westminster. I look forward to the exciting possibility of real change for England and Wales that Scottish independence would bring.

“The Scottish Greens are helping the Yes campaign reach out way beyond the SNP, and are giving momentum to the causes of fairness, democracy and peace. The UK’s tired old political framework is in serious need of a shake up, and a Yes vote would undoubtedly do that.”

 

Green Yes

An evening with Natalie Bennett:
Out of the Blue, Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh
7pm tonight (Tue)

The UK's tired old political framework is in serious need of a shake up, and a Yes vote would undoubtedly do that.
Natalie Bennett