Negative politics is easy. We all love to complain about how bad things are, and about what the government is doing wrong. Problems are ten a penny. It’s a little bit more difficult to be positive and offer up ideas for solutions. In this post, instead of complaining about the lack of big ideas for positive change I want to talk about one of the few big ideas that is floating around. The Green Party’s Citizen’s Income literally is a BIG idea - a Basic Income Guarantee (BIG).
On Aug 6th, John Kane stood as the Greens' candidate in the by-election for the Hamilton South ward of South Lanarkshire Council. The result was a win for the SNP, with John coming a creditable fourth with 3% of first choice votes - beating both the Liberal Democrats and UKIP.
East Kilbride residents gathered at the Peace Tree, to remember the 70th anniversary of the nuclear bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which killed at least 129,000 people immediately and a further 70,000 from radiation sickness. Those attending laid flowers, held a minutes silence and shared their thoughts and feelings about nuclear weapons.
Clydesdale Greens have welcomed Scottish Government's decision to turn down an application to extend Hyndford Quarry in Lanark into the buffer zone of the New Lanark World Heritage site.
Clydesdale Green activist Janet Moxley said "The western extension to Hyndford Quarry would be hugely damaging to the New Lanark site and destroy a beautiful area of landscaped park land. Scottish Government has made the right decision on this application, and we applaud the efforts of Prof Mark Stephens and the Save our Landscapes group to protect this area.
Three separate branches have now been formed for North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire and Falkirk.
Party co-convenor Patrick Harvie joined activists in Rutherglen to celebrate the launch of the new South Lanarkshire branch.
Come and meet us on our stall at Biggar show. Find out more about Greens in Clydesdale, take part in our fun quiz and collect a windmill for the children!
Not sure what canvassing is and why we do it? A bit nervous about knocking on complete strangers' doors? Find out more about knocking doors, then head out with a buddy and canvass for real!
We will also be running similar training in Hamilton soon.
A quiz. To raise funds. In a pub!
All welcome members or not. Bring your friends!
South Lanarkshire City Deal Roads Projec which includes the Cathkin By-pass, dualling Stewartfield Way and upgrading Greenhills Road will increase traffic says the South Lanarkshire Green Party.
Joining those opposed to the Cathkin By-pass at their public event yesterday, South Lanarkshire Greens called for the council to look at wiser ways to invest the City Deal capital money, rather than trawling up 'out of date' road building projects which will only generate more traffic.