Results 41–60 of 180 for speaker:Michelle Thomson

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (30 Sep 2021)

Michelle Thomson: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. My application failed as well. I would have voted yes.

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 Vaccination Certification Scheme (29 Sep 2021)

Michelle Thomson: We are all clear that any Government has a duty to act in the general public health interest. That invariably means balancing seemingly conflicting interests for the greater good. The entire pandemic has been characterised by that challenge, and we have all accepted, in recognition of our obligations, temporary abeyance of some of our rights. It appears that there is, after all, such a thing...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 Vaccination Certification Scheme (29 Sep 2021)

Michelle Thomson: Thank you. I will come to the matter of rights at the end of my speech. Many of us are pandemic weary, yet we recognise that proportionate actions based on assessment of risk can allow resumption of some activities. Nobody today so far has mentioned the number of Governments around the world that have developed similar schemes—the entire European Union, with its Covid digital certification,...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 Vaccination Certification Scheme (29 Sep 2021)

Michelle Thomson: I will happily give way. Will Douglas Ross vote against any such scheme when his Tory masters bring it forward in Westminster?

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 Vaccination Certification Scheme (29 Sep 2021)

Michelle Thomson: Douglas Ross is confusing two things. There might be a case to make for policies evolving, but we are talking about the principle of vaccination certification, so I asked him how he will vote. [ Interruption .] I must make progress. Business has been listened to, so more time has been allowed in the form of a grace period. That has to be recognised. The scheme will not take legal effect until...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 Vaccination Certification Scheme (29 Sep 2021)

Michelle Thomson: The first relates to the tension between our personal privacy and our civic duty, combined with general concerns about use of data, which the pandemic will accentuate. Perceptions of how data will be managed are based on the level of trust between citizens and Government. The level of trust in the Scottish Government and the First Minister is extremely high, whereas trust in the UK Prime...

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (29 Sep 2021)

Michelle Thomson: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I lost connection to my mobile application. I would have voted yes.

Scottish Parliament: Climate Change (Young People) (22 Sep 2021)

Michelle Thomson: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what support it is giving to young people in the run-up to the 26th United Nations climate change conference of the parties—COP26—to ensure that their views on climate change are listened to. (S6O-00176)

Scottish Parliament: Climate Change (Young People) (22 Sep 2021)

Michelle Thomson: We all know that our young people will live the longest with the decisions that we make today. Given that and the fact that the climate youth conference that the cabinet secretary mentioned will be the platform in which young people can be heard on the issues, can the cabinet secretary outline how ideas and suggestions that are proposed at said conference will be introduced to COP26? Based on...

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (22 Sep 2021)

Michelle Thomson: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. My connection dropped and I was unable to vote. I would have voted no.

Scottish Parliament: Fiscal Framework (Review) (15 Sep 2021)

Michelle Thomson: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made on agreeing the scope of the fiscal framework review, scheduled for 2022, with the United Kingdom Government. (S6O-00142)

Scottish Parliament: Fiscal Framework (Review) (15 Sep 2021)

Michelle Thomson: Recent research by the Fraser of Allander Institute and others has noted that the UK Government is, as the cabinet secretary confirmed, seeking a very narrow scope to the review. Does she agree that it needs to be broadened out to consider, for example, the sufficiency of capital borrowing powers and the policy risks that arise when UK Government decisions constrain the Scottish Government?

Scottish Parliament: North Sea Oil and Gas (15 Sep 2021)

Michelle Thomson: When I read the motion I was struck by how simple the Tories perceived this issue to be, compared with the SNP amendment that was lodged by Michael Matheson. I have spoken previously about the complexity of climate change and the ambitious policy responses that are required. Only last week I spoke about setting measurable net zero ambitions for public sector pensions, and I was pleased to see...

Scottish Parliament: Deaths of John Yuill and Lamara Bell (9 Sep 2021)

Michelle Thomson: I thank the cabinet secretary for his statement and I add my voice to the heartfelt sympathy that has been expressed to those who were affected by the tragic deaths of Lamara and John. I am encouraged that, following today’s statement, questions that remain unanswered may be explored further with a fatal accident inquiry. However, we must also consider the feelings of those who have been...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2021-22 (8 Sep 2021)

Michelle Thomson: I welcome the programme for government outlined by the First Minister and, in particular, the actions to ensure that Scotland has the opportunity to become a modern, normal, independent nation as soon as conditions allow. Fundamentally, it is about having the freedom to make policy choices based on the needs of the Scottish people. There are huge opportunities to be grasped. I will focus on...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2021-22 (8 Sep 2021)

Michelle Thomson: The member who opened for the Tories declined my opportunity to deny that the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government for England would lead the overruling of the democratic Scottish Parliament in assigning structural funds. Perhaps Mr Fraser might want to deny that, instead.

Scottish Parliament: McVitie’s Factory Glasgow (Proposed Closure) (2 Sep 2021)

Michelle Thomson: [ Inaudible .]

Scottish Parliament: McVitie’s Factory Glasgow (Proposed Closure) (2 Sep 2021)

Michelle Thomson: I apologise for that. Does Annie Wells recognise that the regulation—the control of which, as Paul Sweeney said, resides in the City of London—has allowed the company to pull money out, to have very opaque tax arrangements and so on? Will she join me in asking the Westminster Government to sort that out? The regulatory situation is a repeating theme, which has affected a number of...

Scottish Parliament: Supporting the People of Afghanistan (2 Sep 2021)

Michelle Thomson: First, I refer members to my entry in the register of interests, as a non-executive director of the Reduce Explosive Violence Increase Victim Empowerment—REVIVE—campaign, which was set up to advocate for victims of explosive weapons. With regard to operation warm welcome, will the cabinet secretary note that recent statistics, which were exposed by Byline Times, show that, of Afghans who...

Scottish Parliament: Supporting the People of Afghanistan (2 Sep 2021)

Michelle Thomson: I note what Donald Cameron is saying about the swift removal of the services. However, does he agree that the hardware left for deployment by the Taliban—by the US military, it is suggested—including 22,000 Humvees, 64,000 machine guns, 350,000 assault rifles, 33 Blackhawk helicopters, 176 artillery pieces and 126,000 pistols, can only be considered a cause for concern for global security?


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