As the royal jubilee weekend approaches, the Scottish Green Party have said that they would rather “break out bunting and cake” for low-paid workers than for monarchy.
The Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament refused to allow a Green amendment to a government motion marking the jubilee. The Greens' amendment would have expressed “gratitude to Mrs Windsor for her sixty years of service” while also affirming respect for “all other public sector workers”.
It also called for debate about the head of state in an independent Scotland. While the Scottish National Party (SNP) want to keep the British monarch as Scotland's head of state, the Scottish Greens are in favour of a republic.
The Greens said they were disappointed but not surprised that Parliament had not been allowed to consider the amendment.
Green MSP Patrick Harvie said, “Our intention wasn't to rain on her majesty's parade but rather to spark debate about the sort of head of state Scotland should have in the future. Sticking to the hereditary principle in the twenty-first century is bound to seem bizarre to many Scots and it's a shame that won't be reflected.”
The motion praising the monarchy has been proposed by the SNP government with the support of the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties.
"The other parties can doff their caps to royalty if they want,” said Harvie. “Greens are much more likely to break out bunting and cake for the low-paid public sector workers and local activists who bring our communities together”.