Results 1–20 of 679 for speaker:Ross Greer

Scottish Parliament: Higher Education (Access) (26 Mar 2024)

Ross Greer: Like my colleagues, I thank the commissioner for his work on the report. I will start by celebrating the progress that has been made. There are more students than ever from disadvantaged backgrounds at our universities, both as an absolute number and as a share of the overall student population. That is a remarkable achievement. The interim targets that have been set have been met up until...

Scottish Parliament: Higher Education (Access) (26 Mar 2024)

Ross Greer: Does the member agree that the issues regarding China and Scottish universities are not just financial? They are also about freedom of academic expression, and concerns have been raised by Scotland’s Hong Konger community in particular, who feel that students who have come to Scotland have been observed and surveilled by the Chinese state, even while they are in cities such as Edinburgh.

Scottish Parliament: Ending Violence in Schools ( 6 Mar 2024)

Ross Greer: I will use my time to focus on gender-based violence. Last summer, Zero Tolerance Scotland sent a report to all MSPs that illustrated how horrifyingly commonplace it is for young women and girls to be survivors of sexual violence at school. Two in three had experienced sexual harassment in school in the past year, a third knew another girl who had experienced rape or sexual assault and one in...

Scottish Parliament: Ending Violence in Schools ( 6 Mar 2024)

Ross Greer: I am grateful for that intervention and I could not agree more. A lot of evidence about that is coming out in the Education, Children and Young People Committee’s inquiry into additional support needs provision in our schools, and all members should look forward to that report. However, it would be wrong to pretend that we can tackle the issue of violence in schools without tackling the...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Place in the World ( 5 Mar 2024)

Ross Greer: My party and the cabinet secretary’s party have different positions on NATO—as I will outline in my speech—but we absolutely agree on the moral obscenity of nuclear weapons. Can the cabinet secretary confirm that the Scottish Government still supports the objectives of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons?

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Place in the World ( 5 Mar 2024)

Ross Greer: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Place in the World ( 5 Mar 2024)

Ross Greer: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Place in the World ( 5 Mar 2024)

Ross Greer: During recent weeks and months, there has been a narrative, which has come primarily from the London commentariat, that international affairs is not really of interest to voters or, worse, that the public should not be interested in it and should not vote on the basis of it. That is profoundly undemocratic; we do not do that with any other area of Government policy. It is also patronising,...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Place in the World ( 5 Mar 2024)

Ross Greer: I am grateful for the intervention, because Mr Hoy gives me the opportunity to point out that the Conservative Party hosted a reception in the Parliament for the companies that are currently supplying an occupation force that is committing a genocide. [ Interruption .]

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Place in the World ( 5 Mar 2024)

Ross Greer: The shameful event that happened in the Parliament a couple of weeks ago was the presence of companies such as Raytheon, which is Israel’s missile supplier. It is the supplier of missiles to an occupation force that is destroying schools, destroying hospitals and executing children on sight. That was the shameful event that happened in the Parliament a couple of weeks ago. NATO is...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Place in the World ( 5 Mar 2024)

Ross Greer: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Place in the World ( 5 Mar 2024)

Ross Greer: If I recall correctly, Mr Kerr— c hampion of correct parliamentary process that he is—had significant objections when the Scottish Government published papers in the “Building and New Scotland” series but did not bring them to Parliament. Now he is objecting because papers are being brought to Parliament. Is it not simply the case that the Conservatives object to the fact that the...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Place in the World ( 5 Mar 2024)

Ross Greer: Will Mr Choudhury take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Place in the World ( 5 Mar 2024)

Ross Greer: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Qualifications and Assessment (28 Feb 2024)

Ross Greer: I agree that simply putting the project learning on to an already unequal system will increase that inequality. I am interested in Mr Kerr’s perspective on the system that we have at the moment. The comparative data set that we have from 2020 and 2021, in which we did not have high-stakes end-of-term exams, showed a narrower attainment gap than the traditional exam model. There is clearly a...

Scottish Parliament: Qualifications and Assessment (28 Feb 2024)

Ross Greer: I have a lot to cram into four minutes, but the cabinet secretary need not worry—I can write to her at length about this if required. I agree with Liam Kerr and Willie Rennie that we also need at least one full afternoon’s debate. The Greens have long argued against high-stakes, end-of-term exams and in favour of continuous assessment. We want to see a rounded measurement of a student’s...

Scottish Parliament: Qualifications and Assessment (28 Feb 2024)

Ross Greer: We cannot do that again. We need to be brave and seize the opportunity to create a system that will serve young people in our society for decades.

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 3) Bill (27 Feb 2024)

Ross Greer: Liz Smith is, again, using the language that she used in the rates resolution debate last week about wealth creators and those who are most likely to deliver sustainable growth. I ask her to clarify something. Does that mean that the Conservatives believe that only the highest earners, company owners and chief executives, and not the vast majority of the rest of the workers in our economy,...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 3) Bill (27 Feb 2024)

Ross Greer: I pose to Mark Griffin the same question that I posed to him two weeks ago, and I hope that the Labour Party has considered it since then. This year, the Scottish Government faces a £485 million real-terms cut to its capital budget. Once what is legally or contractually obliged or safety critical is taken out, almost no options are left for balancing the capital budget. How would the Labour...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 3) Bill (27 Feb 2024)

Ross Greer: It has been said already that there has never been a more difficult context in which to set a Scottish budget. Going into it, we have a £1.5 billion gap, which would have been a £3 billion gap had we followed the tax policies set by the Conservatives and had Parliament rejected those championed by the Greens in recent years. There has been a huge cut to the capital budget of almost £0.5...


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