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 …

Utopianism inspires change

By Heather Alberro Climate breakdown, mass extinctions, and extreme inequality threaten the earth’s rich tapestry of life and leave our own fate increasingly uncertain. At a time of such social, political and ecological upheaval, it’s natural to dream of a utopian world in which these problems are no more – in fact, people have been …

Protecting Our Children from Online Pornography – a report from Patricia Gibson

North Ayrshire and Arran MP Patricia Gibson reports on another delay in Parliament to a law which is aimed to protect children from accessing pornography. Amongst the hubbub of the contest to become Prime Minister, it was no surprise to find new evidence of UK Government incompetence. The implementation of proposals first considered two failed …

Celebrating Scottish Opera

Here local MSP Kenneth Gibson reports on the support the Scottish government provides for the performing arts in Scotland, in particular the Scottish Opera company who regularly bring performances to Arran in their national tours. Every year, Scottish Opera runs their famous Opera Highlights tour around Scotland to bring a musical mix of operatic gems …