Scots 'No' campaigners challenged over agenda for change

By agency reporter
November 28, 2013

During the Scottish Parliament debate on the Independence White Paper yesterday, MSP Patrick Harvie challenged those campaigning for a No vote to offer an agenda for change.

Mr Harvie, Green MSP for Glasgow and Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, commented: "I welcome the principles set out in the White Paper on welfare and childcare but we could go further in recognising the value of unpaid economic activity. I welcome the humane approach to asylum and immigration and the commitment to remove Trident, although the timescale for its removal could be bolder."

He continued: "Attention must now shift towards the lack of willingness from those campaigning for a No vote to offer any coherent agenda of change – of how Scotland could have a better future or take a different economic direction. We must challenge those who think the UK's OK and that we have the best of both worlds, when we face profound problems of poverty and inequality.

"Scottish Greens are comfortable encompassing all shades of opinion on the question of independence, while having a clear majority in favour of a Yes vote. But our highest priority in this debate is to ask what kind of country we want Scotland to be, and that is a debate the No campaigners have so far failed to engage in."

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