Brexit and Scotland’s Future

In this report, Arran and Ayrshire MP Patricia Gibson gives us her views on the political happenings in Westminster over the last few months. With the Brexit deadline extended again and an impending general election, the Voice for Arran wondered what our MP’s perspective is on all that is going on at this very unusual …

Preventing Suicide

Local MSP Kenneth Gibson writes here about a new panel that the Scottish government has set up to help people affected by suicide.  On World Suicide Prevention Day, 10 September 2019, the SNP Government announced a new panel to inform and educate on ways to prevent suicide. The Lived Experiences Panel will be made up …

Prioritising Wellness

By local MSP Kenneth Gibson In a speech to the Technology, Entertainment. Design (TED) Summit in Edinburgh on 24 July, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP advocated for a focus on policies that promote wellbeing and not just economic growth, to help address the rise of alienation and disaffection from politics. In a world of growing …

Rural and Island Depopulation

In this article, local MSP Kenneth Gibson discusses the issue of depopulation in rural and island communities and talks of the ways in which the SNP government aims to address this. Ivan Minguez Guillem, an Associate at the Local Government information Unit, Scotland, has started an interesting discussion on what he describes as “The puzzle …

Doom and Dharma

By Alistair McIntosh published in The Ecologist, 22nd July 2019 If we are to build a regenerative culture, ours is not to only jump at deadlines; we must cast out lifelines. I often feel challenged when asked to speak at climate change gatherings. Especially so, at events like the five-day Rebel Camp that Extinction Rebellion …

Arran’s MP challenges the government on parcel delivery charges

ARRAN’S MP INCREASES PRESSURE OVER RIP-OFF PARCEL DELIVERY CHARGES Arran’s MP and SNP Consumer Affairs spokesperson, Patricia Gibson, has challenged the UK Government to do more to stop Scottish shoppers being penalised by extra delivery surcharges. In a House of Commons debate last month, Mrs Gibson called on the UK Government – which has the …