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THE SCOTTISH LEADERSHIP DEBATE is underway, and leaders from Scotland's top political parties are taking questions as the campaign for May's elections
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Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon is tonight going head to head with Scottish party leaders in the first televised debate as campaigning for the May elections gets underway.
SNP leader Ms Sturgeon, Douglas Ross from Scottish Conservatives, Anas Sarwar from Scottish Labour, Lorna Slater from Scottish Greens and Willie Rennie from Scottish Liberal Democrats are taking questions from the public in tonight’s live debate.
The key issues during the debate so far have been the coronavirus response and recovery, and a potential Scottish Independence Referendum.
Scottish Green co-leader Lorna Slater, meanwhile, said the coronavirus pandemic had shown the economy had been based on low wages and insecure work.
She insisted in her opening remarks: “We must not go back to this broken system.
She also called for action on climate change, saying: “Science tells us we have less than 10 years before the climate breakdown goes past the point of no return.
The time to act is now.”
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Lorna Slater is a Canadian-born Scottish politician who is co-leader of the Scottish Greens with Patrick Harvie.
The co-leader was born in Canada and moved to Scotland where she became an engineer.
As well as running for parliament Ms Slater is an engineering project manager at Orbital Marine power.
In the upcoming May election, Ms Slater will be contesting the Edinburgh Northern and Leith constituency seat at the Scottish Parliament.
She will be up against incumbent SNP Ben Macpherson, Labour’s Katrina Faccenda, Tory Callum Laidlaw and Rebecca Bell from the Liberal Democrats.
The co-leader will also be second on the Lothian regional list for the Greens.
Ms Slater and Mr Harvie were elected as co-leaders of the Scottish Greens in August, 2019.
Ms Slater defeated Maggie Chapman in the race to become co-leader.
When she was elected she said: “I look forward to contributing my expertise in marine renewable energy and manufacturing in Scotland to our proposal for a Scottish Green New Deal, ensuring that we take advantage of all the social and economic opportunities that come along with tackling the climate emergency.”
Tonight’s debate has seen issues such as climate change, coronavirus recovery and a potential second Scottish Independence Referendum within the next Holyrood term.
Ms Slater said her party would commit to a referendum taking place in the next Holyrood term in its manifesto.
She said: “Around the room we hear people who are in favour of the union not actually arguing for the union, but instead arguing that the people of Scotland shouldn’t have the right to choose.”
She added: “The Scottish Greens would support a referendum in this term of parliament because we think decisions about Scotland should be made by the Scottish people.”
But Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross highlighted the coronavirus vaccination programme as being one of the strengths of the United Kingdom.
With more than half of all Scottish adults having had their first dose of the vaccination, he said: “That’s the union working, the United Kingdom getting the vaccines that are delivered by our NHS staff, our British armed forces and volunteers.
That’s the union working for people right now.”
The party leaders also pledged to be hard on any abusive behaviour during the election campaign.
When asked to make a pledge to swiftly tackle any abusive behaviour going on throughout the election, taking place in the party’s name, Mr Sarwar said “unequivocally yes”.
He continued: “We can’t pick and choose on these issues.
I know from the women on the panel, from my own experience as an ethnic minority, we can’t pick and choose.
“It doesn’t matter where it comes from or who it is directed towards.
Whether they’re on our side or a different side, we have a duty to condemn those perpetrators and show solidarity with the victims.
That’s a cast-iron commitment from me.”
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Another breakthrough moment was the election of Steve Sankey as a Green councillor in Orkney
This may seem quite a mundane event, but given the tradition of
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AN article in the New European (March 25) on the possibility of the next Chancellor of Germany being from the Green Party got me thinking about the status of green parties in the UK.
Caroline Lucas does an excellent job as the sole English Green party MP and I would be proud to have her represent my constituency, but unfortunately given the Westminster electoral system the Greens will always struggle to expand on their one MP.
Conversely the Scottish system for electing MSPs has allowed the Scottish Greens to get a sizeable representation in Holyrood and make real policy impact.
To see Lorna Slater, the Scottish Greens co-convenor, interviewed on The Andrew Marr Show was for me a real breakthrough moment.
This gave Lorna the platform to do what she is very good at, namely putting forward the positive policy ideas which the Scottish Greens have for Scotland, and which the Holyrood electoral system gives us the ability to get implemented.
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Another breakthrough moment was the election of Steve Sankey as a Green councillor in Orkney.
This may seem quite a mundane event, but given the tradition of Orcadian councillors being avowedly independent this was anything but mundane.
Steve has applied a collegiate approach as a councillor which has produced funding wins for Orkney and convinced another Orcadian councillor to join the Greens.
The fact that in letters and articles folk who are of the pro- and anti-independence viewpoint pour scorn on the Scottish Greens tells me that we are on the right track.
When you are accused of both stealing SNP votes and of being SNP stooges, that tells me we have our political opponents worried.
I think the thing that non-plusses our opponents is that we are pro-independence for a purpose, which is to make Scotland a better place to live, but in the here and now we propose and get implemented policies which make Scotland a better place to live.
So in conclusion I would ask my fellow Scottish electors to take a good look at the Green party, its achievements thus far, the policy ideas for the next five years and vote Green in the coming Holyrood election.
I HAVE voted in 18 Westminster and Holyrood elections and few, if any, have seemed as important as the forthcoming Holyrood one.
Apart obviously from hoping that my own candidates win, I have one overriding wish for this year’s plebiscite and that is that younger people, especially those eligible to vote for the first time, cast their votes.
It is this younger generation that will be most affected by the ramifications of Covid, of Brexit, of climate change, of possible constitutional issues and so on.
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So I hope and believe that they do their research and turn out in droves to cast their vote for the party that best meets their aspirations.
Although voting is a privilege, it is also a hard-won right and I still actually enjoy putting my “X” next to my candidates.
I therefore encourage every young voter to cast their vote and share in that feeling.
After all, imagine not voting and seeing your preferred candidate lose by a single vote.
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I WAS very disappointed to read Robin MacLean’s letter (March 27) suggesting that the word “independence” not be used in the campaign against British colonial rule.
If not, then what?
This comes as a surprise as Mr MacLean usually writes good letters as a strong supporter of independence, or whatever he’d rather call it.
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It was bad enough when, back in 2014, Alex Salmond said that we shouldn’t use the word “freedom” in the referendum campaign, but now it is suggested we mustn’t use the “I” word.
I say all of us who want to break from the UK should proudly use the words “freedom”, “independence” and “national liberation”.
I WONDER if voters such as my wife and I (seventies/eighties) are really voting No.
Many of the letters I read in the letters pages also seem to come from those in this age group.
As my wife says about many things these days, we’d like to see them happen in our lifetimes.
Nicola really needs to get on with things.
Maybe Alex can move her along a little.
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– March 31, 2021
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