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Scottish Parliament: Digital Exclusion (Glasgow Schools) (24 Mar 2021)

Johann Lamont: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what analysis it has carried out of the number of school pupils in Glasgow experiencing digital exclusion. (S5O-05138)

Scottish Parliament: Digital Exclusion (Glasgow Schools) (24 Mar 2021)

Johann Lamont: It was revealed at a recent meeting of Glasgow City Council’s education committee that more than one third of primary 1 to 6 pupils in Glasgow were identified as needing a digital device for home learning and still do not have access to one. Digital exclusion among disadvantaged children and young people was already a significant problem before lockdown and remote learning, and the pandemic...

Scottish Parliament: Care Packages (Withdrawal) (18 Mar 2021)

Johann Lamont: As Scotland emerged from the first lockdown, I highlighted to the First Minister my concern that care packages, which had been withdrawn as the virus took hold, had been reduced or ended—effectively, that is a cut to assessed support under the cover of the Covid crisis. I have a constituent whose support of £5,000 a year was withdrawn. To put that in context, his care for the next 10 years...

Scottish Parliament: Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill (11 Mar 2021)

Johann Lamont: Is it a regret to Rona Mackay that, at 5 pm this evening, no signal will be sent out about the hate crime that women face day and daily?

Scottish Parliament: Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill (11 Mar 2021)

Johann Lamont: Thank you very much, Presiding Officer. I will bow to your discipline, although I am not convinced that my speech will be as disciplined as it should be. If I do not manage to finish it, please believe me when I say that this debate will continue. I hear people say that this has been a good debate. From where I sit, it might have been interesting, but as I did not win the argument, what is...

Scottish Parliament: Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill (11 Mar 2021)

Johann Lamont: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Redress for Survivors (Historical Child Abuse in Care) (Scotland) Bill (11 Mar 2021)

Johann Lamont: Thank you, Presiding Officer—just when you have heard from one former Labour leader, another one pops up to say goodbye. We would have quite a lot of them if we put them all in a row, I guess. It has been a great privilege for me to work with Iain Gray and to see his commitment and passion in every moment of public service that he has given. I do not aspire to a speech of the quality of the...

Scottish Parliament: Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (10 Mar 2021)

Johann Lamont: I have issued a detailed letter to all MSPs, outlining the thinking behind all my amendments, and I trust that colleagues have found that useful. I place on record my thanks to all those groups and organisations, women, and colleagues in the Parliament who have given me support in producing my amendments, and I hope that members will reflect on them positively. We are dealing with a...

Scottish Parliament: Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (10 Mar 2021)

Johann Lamont: Does Annabelle Ewing agree that the women’s groups that argue against the sex aggravator on that basis welcomed the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018, which was gender neutral, as being the gold standard?

Scottish Parliament: Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (10 Mar 2021)

Johann Lamont: Thank you, Presiding Officer. You will appreciate that there are quite a significant number of areas that I want to get through. I have asked why we would ask the question out loud and then not include women in a hate crime bill when we all know that women are the most serious victims. People have said, “Well, it’s all a bit complicated”, but people have been saying that to women since...

Scottish Parliament: Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (10 Mar 2021)

Johann Lamont: Does Mr Tomkins accept that, in some contexts, the “reasonable” person would be directed by an institutional drive to have a particular attitude and that, for some women, the idea of the test of a reasonable person is not sufficient?

Scottish Parliament: Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (10 Mar 2021)

Johann Lamont: I recognise that we are under pressure of time, but unless some members have been absent for the past couple of years they might not have noticed that this is a very serious debate, which is highly contentious. If they are fed up about having to sit and listen to it, perhaps they should not be in the chamber at all, especially if they do not recognise the significance of what we are doing...

Scottish Parliament: Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (10 Mar 2021)

Johann Lamont: Does someone want to come in?

Scottish Parliament: Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (10 Mar 2021)

Johann Lamont: I apologise for having been rather broad-brush, particularly given the bill. We heard groans at the idea that we might be kept here a bit longer. This is a serious matter for all of us. I very much appreciate what Bob Doris said. I will not go through all the amendments in the group; members will have read my letter already, of course. However, I will talk quickly about some of them and I...

Scottish Parliament: Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (10 Mar 2021)

Johann Lamont: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. As someone who is perhaps one of the culprits, I wonder whether it is possible for you to take soundings about moving the debate after the stage 3 amendments to tomorrow or to a point that parties could agree. That would mean that we could concentrate on the amendments without feeling that the last bit would be rushed or that it would be keeping people...

Scottish Parliament: Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (10 Mar 2021)

Johann Lamont: I say respectfully that women who have faced this may strongly feel the need for more than Adam Tomkins’s perception of what clarity is. We heard a speech from a colleague who made very clear that what I had put in amendment 11B was hate speech. What assurance and clarity can Adam Tomkins give to me and to the women who want to express their views in this regard that our words will not end...

Scottish Parliament: Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (10 Mar 2021)

Johann Lamont: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (10 Mar 2021)

Johann Lamont: I just want to make the point that there is one way of making it clear in law that it is entirely reasonable for anybody to make these points, and that is to put it into the law. The only reason why I am asking for it to be put into the law is precisely because folk have complained that they are hate speech. Frankly, it is not a comfort for me to know that I am going to have a good case when...

Scottish Parliament: Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (10 Mar 2021)

Johann Lamont: Before I speak to the amendments, I note that Patrick Harvie was concerned that there had been an “extraordinary personal” attack on him. For the avoidance of doubt, I point out that I literally quoted his own words and said that I defended his right to say whatever he wished to say. Also, in the context of the bill, it is important to note that he is quite right to say that Parliament...

Scottish Parliament: Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (10 Mar 2021)

Johann Lamont: Of course we wish to be inclusive. Who would not want to be inclusive? However, it is clear in the legislation that non-binary is a transgender identity, not a sex. If we want a debate in the Parliament about whether there are two sexes, we should have that debate. I am aware that that is a live debate in parts of our community. People believe that sex is on a spectrum and that sex is...


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