Results 1–20 of 1111 for speaker:John Finnie

Scottish Parliament: Greensill Capital UK (Administration) (24 Mar 2021)

John Finnie: I thank the cabinet secretary for his statement and for the Scottish Government’s active involvement in the smelter; I know that the cabinet secretary knows it well. The cabinet secretary was involved in the launch of a—[ Inaudible. ]—about the expansion plans. He is right to say that it is important that there is no speculation. Is he currently able to talk about the status of that...

Scottish Parliament: Dogs (Protection of Livestock) (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill (24 Mar 2021)

John Finnie: Like others before me, I would like to thank everyone who has brought us to this point in the bill, and to congratulate Emma Harper, who has worked extremely hard over four years, as we have heard. Success will arrive in a very short time—the bill will achieve the success that it deserves. Within the past fortnight, in Sutherland, just north of me here, there was a serious incident in which...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Railway (17 Mar 2021)

John Finnie: I warmly welcome the cabinet secretary’s statement. We support the full devolution of rail powers. The cabinet secretary said that he would allow the trade unions to make representations. Rather than the trade unions responding to decisions that have already been taken, will he ensure that they are round the table shaping the new service?

Scottish Parliament: Domestic Abuse (Protection) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (17 Mar 2021)

John Finnie: At the outset, I declare my membership of the cross-party group on men’s violence against women and children. That is relevant, because I feel a measure of discomfort with what I am about to say. It is the only time that I can recall that I will take a different point of view from that of Scottish Women’s Aid, for which I have the highest regard. I will try not to repeat the detailed...

Scottish Parliament: Domestic Abuse (Protection) (Scotland) Bill (17 Mar 2021)

John Finnie: My thanks go to all the people who have brought us to this point. As colleagues have said, they are many in number, and their contributions have all been very helpful in shaping the bill, which the Scottish Green Party will support at decision time tonight. One of the early contributions was a briefing from the Scottish Parliament information centre. It contained a section headed “The story...

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

John Finnie: I thank everyone who has got us to this point: Lord Bracadale; the cabinet secretary and his team; the convener of the Justice Committee, Adam Tomkins, whose leadership throughout has been helpful in steering us through important issues such as freedom of speech and the threshold to trigger the offence, which a previous speaker referred to as a safeguard; our committee witnesses; and, as...

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

John Finnie: This is an important debate and I do not wish to silence anyone’s voices. There are important issues at stake here and it is right that that is reflected in the debate. Like many men—I know that people would say that that is a privileged position—I have frequently spoken about women’s experiences of sexism, misogyny, harassment and abuse. There is no acceptable level of toxic...

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

John Finnie: I will try to be brief. It is important to say that the extension of the existing offence of stirring up racial hatred to cover other characteristics is to be welcomed. It seems to me that it does not matter how mildly Mr Kerr wants to revisit the matter, the idea—particularly coming from a unionist—that our communities would have less protection from elsewhere in the United Kingdom is at...

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

John Finnie: I thank Adam Tomkins. I am a member of the Justice Committee, and Mr Tomkins gave a very accurate résumé of the progress—yes, the progress—that has been made on the bill. I am sure that he will confirm that absolutely no one has been in touch to say that they were not in favour of freedom of expression, and he has rightly identified that fear has been stoked about the issue. I ask his...

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

John Finnie: The existing bill language—“persons of a different sex”—is consistent with other Scottish legislation over the past decade, including the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014 and the Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2020. As I said at stage 2, I was a member of what was then the Equal Opportunities Committee, which scrutinised that legislation, and I do not recall that...

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

John Finnie: As has been said, amendments 37 and 41 relate to the characteristic of transgender identity and would remove protection from crimes that are targeted at cross-dressing people. That is an existing hate crime, for which the protections have been in place for 10 years. Johann Lamont said that she would return to the arguments about including the group, and I hope that she does. It is not about...

Scottish Parliament: Defamation and Malicious Publication (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (2 Mar 2021)

John Finnie: I wish to speak in support of my colleague Andy Wightman’s comments. At the outset, Mr Wightman said that he had reviewed his position. That is a strength, not a weakness, and it has caused me to review my approach. Mr Wightman has talked about the scrutiny that went on at stage 1. In the stage 2 debate, he used the term “appropriate qualifier”. A threshold is needed. I support the view...

Scottish Parliament: Defamation and Malicious Publication (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (2 Mar 2021)

John Finnie: Mr MacGregor mentioned the Open Rights Group, much of whose work I commend. Indeed, it was via that route that I was lobbied by a constituent who was concerned that “As things stood you were guilty until proven innocent.” I commend the words that they went on to say about Mr MacGregor’s amendments: “These safeguards will better balance the right of freedom of expression online with...

Scottish Parliament: Defamation and Malicious Publication (Scotland) Bill (2 Mar 2021)

John Finnie: It is appropriate that I join others in thanking those who have brought us to this point. We have heard that every one of the Scottish Law Commission’s substantive recommendations was progressed. The Justice Committee met the commission. I thank it for its work, not just on this matter, but in relation to other matters. I also thank the minister and her officials. I can vouch for the manner...

Scottish Parliament: Prisoner Voting (24 Feb 2021)

John Finnie: The election of a dishonest, racist and misogynist leader, the UK Prime Minister, might suggest that Tories believe in redemption and the power to change. We know that that is not the case. Tories are about privilege. Tories are about building barriers and devising bogeymen. Tories are about contempt for human rights. Tories are about disregarding Scotland’s Parliament, ignoring...

Scottish Parliament: Prisoner Voting (24 Feb 2021)

John Finnie: That is what I am doing, Presiding Officer. I value shrieval judgments in Scotland and rulings of the European Court, not the rantings of Mr Kerr about his understanding of those rulings. We want robust, well-resourced alternatives to prosecution and custody and an end to ineffective short-term prison sentences that give people have little chance of doing constructive work. We want...

Scottish Parliament: Adult Social Care (Independent Review) (16 Feb 2021)

John Finnie: The Scottish Green Party thanks everyone for their involvement in the review process and in what the cabinet secretary referred to as the “road map”. The Scottish Green Party supports a national care service. The 53 recommendations set out how adult social care can be improved, but that should not be taken as a suggestion that the delivery of care is not already of the very highest...

Scottish Parliament: Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (Malicious Prosecutions) (10 Feb 2021)

John Finnie: At decision time, the Greens will support the amendment in James Wolffe’s name and the amendment in Rhoda Grant’s name, the totality of which involves more measured language than the motion and a more realistic timeframe. The word “unprecedented” has been used—that might be seen as reassuring, but I am not in any way reassured by it. We are told that the case was exceptional in its...

Scottish Parliament: Malicious Prosecutions (9 Feb 2021)

John Finnie: I, too, thank the Lord Advocate for early sight of his statement. This was a serious failure of the system of prosecution, and public confidence in our justice system is vital. Can the Lord Advocate outline what further steps will be taken to reassure a public that might reasonably think, “Wow! If this can happen in such a high-profile case, with all that publicity, what chance do I have...

Scottish Parliament: Infrastructure Investment Plan and Capital Spending Review 2021-22 to 2025-26 (4 Feb 2021)

John Finnie: I thank the cabinet secretary for early sight of his statement and welcome the £12 million for coastal change adaptation to deal with the threat of sea level rises and the £60 million to support climate adaptation and resilience in the trunk road network. The cabinet secretary will be aware that the majority of roads under threat from sea level rises are not trunk roads. I note his comments...


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