#SP16 Report Card

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Chris Napier

I’ve taken a few days to reign in emotion and get my sleep pattern back to what approaches normal when you have two kids under the age of two, but this is my attempt to look objectively at the winners and losers of Thursday’s election and the merits of each campaign.

TL:DR: #BothVotesSNP was a qualified success. The Conservatives played to their strengths and consolidated the unionist vote. Labour are in freefall. The Greens make gains but were squeezed, Lib Dems hold steady despite predicted oblivion and both RISE & UKIP fall short of expectations/hopes. Continue reading

5 Reasons to Vote Green Tomorrow

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Chris Napier

As much as I’m a member of the Scottish Green Party, I’m still a relatively new member (not yet 20 months in) and the reasons that I joined the party in the first place are the same reason I’ll be giving them my regional list vote tomorrow.

I’m not telling anyone how to vote, I’m just saying why I’m voting the way I am. Make of this what you will.

I’m voting for the Scottish Green Party because…

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So, what’s a Green to do with their constituency vote?

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Chris Napier

So much has been written about the tactical usage of the regional list vote in this election based on the assumption that the SNP will easily win most if not all of the constituencies. That has made the constituency vote – once seen as the more important – seem a bit overlooked.

Like most Green party members or supporters, I don’t have the option of voting for a Green on both ballots, so I’ve got a real decision to make with where to mark my constituency ballot.

This is made even more meaningful because the incumbent and favourite in my constituency is none other than First Minister, Nicola SturgeonContinue reading

Too Cautious to Govern?

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Allan Faulds

When the SNP entered government in 2007, one of their first acts was to rebrand the “Scottish Executive” as the “Scottish Government”. This was a statement of intent from a party determined to make Scotland look just like any other country. An Executive is a dull, uninspiring thing. It doesn’t sound important. They wanted their administration, their Government, to be seen as a serious body, making the big decisions that affect the people of Scotland. Continue reading

Why do we tax property?

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Allan Faulds

The Scottish Green Party have today launched proposals on taxation including a replacement for council tax. Described as a “Residential Property Tax” (RPT), individual councils would set the tax rate as a % of property values less a £10000 tax free allowance, with a recommended rate of 1%. Labour are proposing a property tax with a flat starting point of £450 added to 0.35% of the value of a property under £180,000 and 0.9% for the value above that threshold, whilst the SNP intend on retaining Council Tax with some tweaks, meaning most parties are going into this election arguing for property taxes at local level. Continue reading