Here’s the opening speech I gave to the Pilton Community Health Project hustings on 19th March. Continue reading
Alongside some fantastic candidates, I had the privilege of speaking at a hustings for Scottish Green Party members in Castle Douglas recently. Hosted by the Dumfries and Galloway branch, the hustings formed part of the selection process for the party to choose its candidates for the South of Scotland regional list ahead of the 2016 Holyrood election.
I recently put my name forward for selection to run for the Greens on the South of Scotland list. It’s something I’ve considered for a while but actually putting my hat in the ring has made me consider where I come from, why I left and what desperately needs to change to encourage other young people to stay or return to their rural roots. Continue reading
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
On 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.
For the last nine days I’ve been campaigning out of an old Police Box on Edinburgh’s Leith Walk. With polling day now upon us, I’m reflecting on the experiences of the last week and a half. The ups and downs, the tears, the dancing in the rain with a huge grin on my face. Here’s my time in the Green Yes Tardis… Continue reading
I gave this speech to Radical Independence Edinburgh branch ahead of the European election in May 2014.
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
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