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 …

Two reports from Arran’s MP Patricia Gibson

Arran’s MP Patricia Gibson has sent two reports, one concerning the job retention scheme and the other urging the Chancellor to act quickly in the current crisis to help save small businesses. Jobs retention scheme must include support for seasonal workers Arran’s MP Patricia Gibson has urged the Chancellor to amend the Jobs Retention Scheme …

Putting culture at the heart of government

Putting Culture at the Heart of Government by Kenneth Gibson MSP. The SNP Government has published A Culture Strategy for Scotland, focusing on culture’s ability to transform lives and empower people. The document was developed through public engagement and consultation and outlines the SNP Government’s commitment to strengthening the sector in order to value, protect …

The Need for a Scottish Visa

A report by Kenneth Gibson, MSP  The SNP Government has unveiled proposals for a new Scottish Visa to address depopulation and the growing risk of a skills gap. The proposals have been designed to work under devolution but the principles and practical measures proposed could be adapted for an independent Scotland. Under the current constitutional …

A new strategy to protect Scotland’s environment

This article was originally published by Scottish Environment on 25th February 2020. Feature image: Suilven, image credit Sandra Graham. Scotland’s leading environment charities have welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement today of a vision and outcomes for an environment strategy, applauding the government’s commitment to restore nature and end Scotland’s contribution to climate change. They have …

Students seek to take Climate Education into their own hands

Written by Frances Rankin, originally published in DeSmog 26.02.20 Students last week took their education into their own hands and launched a climate emergency education bill in parliament, to call for rapid education reform and with the hopes of gaining support from MPs. Their calls contrast starkly with similar bills introduced by Conservative MP Christopher …