The Animals and Wildlife Bill

By Kenneth Gibson, MSP for Cunninghame North On 17 June I was pleased to vote in favour of the Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill. Acting to stop animal cruelty is important to many people and I received hundreds of emails from constituents urging me to support specific amendments to the Bill. …

Degrowth: new roots for the economy

As long as our economy is dependent on growth, a recession will be devastating. Instead we need a planned, sustainable, and equitable downscaling of the economy. A letter from the Degrowth New Roots Collective, published in openDemocracy 13 May 2020 The Coronavirus pandemic has already taken countless lives and it is uncertain how it will …

The Future of Brodick Castle

Written by Kenneth Gibson, MSP On 11 May, the National Trust for Scotland (NTS), the country’s largest and oldest conservation charity, announced a series of emergency actions designed to ensure its survival during the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath. Unfortunately, this announcement included placing 429 staff from its permanent workforce of 751 at risk of …

£75 million boost for Scottish universities

Local MSP, Kenneth Gibson, reports on the £75 million  boost for Scottish universities announced by the Scottish government to help with their recovery after Covid-19. The COVID-19 crisis has had a huge impact on people, institutions and society. Scottish university income has been significantly affected by the pandemic, particularly the loss of international student income, …

A Predictable Pandemic

A PREDICTABLE PANDEMIC by Sally Campbell  Just like the economic crash of 2008, this crisis will shape our country for years to come. There were no conditions on how public resources were directed to repairing the Economic Crisis of 2008 but vast fortunes of our money were delivered to support the financial institutions. In 2008 …

Helping Scotland’s Creative Sector through the Pandemic

An article by Kenneth Gibson, MSP for Cunninghame North In these strange and difficult times the SNP Government is working hard to support our creative practitioners. Creative Scotland has launched three funding programmes designed to sustain the country’s creative community during the COVID-19 outbreak. • A Bridging Bursary Fund will help freelance creative professionals who …