To Biggar and beyond!

Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale
Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale

Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale. It’s the Westminster constituency currently home to Scotland’s only Tory and it’s roughly the same size as Belgium. But those facts don’t tell you much about the area, its people and the issues they face. To find out what the constituency is really like, I accompanied Scottish Green Party candidate for the seat Jody Jamieson on a wee tour. Continue reading

Borders Greens campaign in style

Street stall with the Borders (+Ayrshire +Edinburgh) crewOn Saturday I hopped on a number 62 bus and made my way to a ridiculously sunny Peebles for a day of campaigning with Scottish Borders Greens. I was heading off to join the great bunch of Greens, most of whom have been in the party less than a year but who have tonnes of passion and determination and who were wonderfully welcoming. The occasion was the launch of Jody Jamieson’s campaign for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale – currently home to Scotland’s sole Tory MP – and the enthusiasm levels were up at 11.

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For a just and welcoming Scotland

I gave this speech to Radical Independence Edinburgh branch ahead of the European election in May 2014.

Candidate Maggie Chapman
Candidate Maggie Chapman

This year is about all of us deciding what kind of Scotland we want to live in, what kind of Scotland we want to build and the message we want to send to the rest of the world. In that respect, I think there’s a clear and important connection between the European election and the referendum. Continue reading

Women in the independence debate

This article was first published in Greenprint, the Scottish Green Party’s newsletter.

Imagine you’re watching Newsnight Scotland (or Scotland Tonight if you’re that way inclined). There’s an item on some independence related argument – some big business threatens to leave, some report says we’d be better off alone – you know the drill. There’s a pre recorded film, narrated by a journalist who draws some conclusions. The camera cuts back to the presenter who says “and now in the studio to discuss today’s news…” and welcomes an expert. Continue reading