The European elections offer voters a unique opportunity to signal the kind of Scotland they want.
That’s the message from the Scottish Greens launching their manifesto for the 22 May poll, with the party giving top billing to protecting public services and investment; welcoming newcomers to the country; and promoting Scotland’s role in ending conflict through peace-keeping.
The Party secured over 7% of the vote in 2009, and are seeking backing for one of Scotland’s six MEP seats, with the Lib Dems widely predicted to lose out. The Green campaign themes also highlight the starkest possible contrast with UKIP in the race for that sixth and final Scottish seat.
Councillor Maggie Chapman, the Scottish Greens’ lead MEP candidate, said:
“I passionately believe that the movement of people between countries is good for our society and economy. As Scotland’s Green MEP I would stand up for a Scotland which welcomes people, and challenge those who peddle damaging anti-immigrant rhetoric.”
Among things which the Green party wants include climate change is at the top of the list. More than almost any other issue, it demonstrates the need for cross continental and global co-operation. No one country can solve this great challenge alone. The Scottish Green Party has led the way in policies to protect the climate and argued for decades that we need to build a low carbon, renewably powered economy.
Maggie Chapman also is concerned about energy and how it is achieved. She said:
“Today, the renewables revolution, scoffed at two decades ago, is happening all across Europe – often because of direct policies of Green parties. But Scottish Greens have always recognised that we can’t meet the challenge of climate change by merely adding some wind turbines to our current economy. The way the economy works, the way trade works, is as important to climate change as the specific policies set out here.”
The whole policy can be found at ‘For a Just and Welcoming Scotland’