Meeting the Challenge of Poverty

A report by Patricia Gibson, MP for North Ayrshire and Arran The global health pandemic has highlighted the inequalities within our society. While the virus attacks indiscriminately, its impact differs dramatically depending on how financially secure you are. Action taken to save lives and protect the NHS from COVID-19 has profoundly damaged the economy and …

Scottish Government in legal fight to stop sustainable fishing trial

How do we look after our inshore marine environment? Surely not this way? Scottish Government carry on legal fight to stop sustainable fishing trial Scottish Government have lodged an appeal against the order made by Lady Poole of the Court of Session requiring them to reconsider a sustainable fishing pilot in the Inner Sound of …

Modern politics and communities as pawns of politicians’ whims

MODERN POLITICS AND COMMUNITIES AS PAWNS OF POLITICIANS’ WHIMS By Sally Campbell This has already been a momentous year following the Scottish Creel Fishermen’s Federation (SCFF) formation 8 years ago and the year 2021 is only 4 weeks in. The preparations for Brexit, since live transport of shellfish products to mainland Europe are the main …

History repeating itself?

Sent in from Mo khan January 2021. Dippen house caravan, Dippen, Isle of Arran Proof positive that current world events are not as unprecedented as many would suppose.     Histories (Latin: Historiae) is a Roman historical chronicle by Tacitus. Written c. 100–110, it covers c. 69–96, a period which includes the Year of Four …

Observing Scotland’s Climate Assembly

Observing Scotland’s Climate Assembly How should Scotland change to tackle the climate emergency in an effective and fair way? A report by Pauline Robinson On the Weekend of 12th and 13th December I had the opportunity to be an observer at the second weekend of Scotland’s Climate Assembly. The assembly process has brought together a …

Members’ Debate on Establishing More No Take Zones

A report from local MSP Kenneth Gibson On 15 December, I was privileged to lead a parliamentary debate on the success of ‘No Take’ Zones (NTZ) and how they protect Scotland’s precious marine life. This was my second Member’s debate since the chamber reopened in September. On 08 September my debate on Foetal Alcohol Spectrum …

Vote secures some key post-Brexit nature protections, but major gaps remain

The Fight for Scotland’s Nature campaign reports here on the recent vote that took place at Holyrood on the EU Continuity Bill. As part of this Bill a new environment watchdog is being set up to safeguard vital environmental protections after the Brexit transition. In last month’s Voice for Arran we highlighted that a significant …

Bereavement leave must be enshrined in law

A report from Patricia Gibson MP, writing on 6th December 2020, concerning her work campaigning for bereavement leave. Last week, I was delighted to lead a Westminster debate highlighting the need for statutory paid bereavement leave for all workers who lose a close family member or partner. In recent years, I worked cross party to …

Welcome improvements to Scotland’s EU exit laws, but bill must go further for nature

MSPs received more than 17,000 emails calling for a strong, independent Scottish environment watchdog. On 24th and 25th November, MSPs voted to make important improvements to the Scottish government’s EU Continuity Bill, including strengthening the independence of the new watchdog. But as it stands, the watchdog still won’t be able to take action on individual …

Nature on the Ballot and the Parliament of Things

An article by Kurt Cobb, printed here 22nd November 2020 There were some obvious and even historic ways in which nature was on the ballot this year in the United States: • Orange County, Florida voters overwhelmingly approved a charter amendment to give rights to two rivers to be free from pollution. By a margin …