Greenock Telegraph 30th August 2019

The latest outburst of British unionist propaganda that I have come across is the Minister for Arts Heritage and Tourism, Rebecca Pow, proclaiming the Edinburgh International Festival to be a “massive British showcase of our arts, our culture, our performers, our musicians, our actors , our writers” she then goes onto describe, amongst this self-styled Brit fest, without a hint of irony,  the military tattoo as the “piece de residence”. Apparently amidst our great British culture we just don’t have the words to describe how good it is. What annoys me about this propaganda, is that it’s lazy. It’s a poorly thought out attempt to stick a Union Jack on an event hosted in Scotland that is proud to involve countries from around the globe. What makes the festival great is its internationalism, its diversity. It was created as an arts festival in 1947 to bring countries together. It was a festival conceived to heal the wounds of war through the languages of the arts. It has grown to include jazz, literature, theatre, drama and at every turn has been decidedly non-competitive. So it’s sad to hear a minister of the United Kingdom Government proclaiming Britain being best at all this art and culture stuff. It’s typical of the narrow-minded nationalism that is the Brexit movement. And yet we in the SNP are criticised for being a national party even though our mantra is for an inclusive Scotland that welcomes immigration and embraces diversity. With a newly found budget of £100 million to sell Brexit to the electorate, sadly we can expect a lot more of this Union Jack nonsense. Let’s recognise it for what it is. It’s an advertising campaign just like many others trying to sell you something you either don’t need or already have.

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Consultation on Greenock Parking Discs

Greenock residents are being given the chance to have their say on whether or not drivers should have to display a parking disc in the town centre.

The five week consultation starts on Monday 26 August and finishes on Friday 27 September.

I have been contacted by many constituents who have concerns with the present system so if you’d like to have your say then please visit the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HTTK3H2

Greenock Telegraph 16th August 2019

While the Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party, Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, finds new ways to rip the United Kingdom out of the European Union causing maximum damage to trade, the economy and international relations, his opposition counterpart, Jeremy Corbyn does what he does best, nothing. When the Labour Party leader should be raging against the machine, he is asleep at the wheel of a juggernaut careering off the cliff edge. The clues in the title. Opposition leader. His job is to hold the UK Government of the United Kingdom up to scrutiny. Question it, hold it to account, constantly ask it to consider other, better options. Instead he is busy fighting off the members of his own party. With May gone and Johnson in place, the Labour Party are considering who their next leader will be and the used to be politicians and the wanna be politicians are manoeuvring to be in the right camp. Many will be looking to progress their own careers and fixing your line to a rising star is one way of climbing the greasy pole of politics. The hard bit is deciding who that star is. It wasn’t that long ago that the Labour Party, if not the parliamentary Labour Party, declared Jeremy to be the answer. Now they don’t even know what the question is.

 

High Street Awards

I’m pleased to learn that Kempock Street in Gourock has been shortlisted for ‘Rising Star’ in this year’s Great British High Street Awards.  This is a welcomed opportunity to promote the high street and Gourock to the rest of the UK and highlight what Inverclyde has to offer.

I would encourage people to show their support for Kempock Street by posting on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using #MyHighStreet and also voting at https://thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk

Our Inverclyde – community discussions

Join our community events to celebrate the present and shape the future. Eventbrite pages are now live for each event. Please feel free to use the links below  to find out more and to sign up to attend your community event, or indeed, just drop in on the day.

https://greenockwestandgourocklocality.eventbrite.co.uk

https://greenockeastandcentrallocality.eventbrite.co.uk/

https://kilmacolm-quarriers-locality.eventbrite.co.uk/

https://portglasgowlocality.eventbrite.co.uk/

https://inverkipandwemyssbaylocality.eventbrite.co.uk

https://greenocksouth-southwestlocality.eventbrite.co.uk

 

Scot Govt – EU Citizens

The Scottish Government have produced Stay in Scotland materials which will be sent to GP practices, nurseries, libraries and community centres across Inverclyde.  The package of support includes the provision of advice services for citizens affected by the EU Settlement Scheme who may have more complex needs or face particular challenges.  The service includes a national helpline where people can ger free, confidential and impartial advice.

The helpline can be contacted on 0800 916 9847 and for more information please visit www.cas.org.uk/brexit

As we know 63.8% of people who voted in the EU referendum, in Inverclyde, voted to Remain and stay in both the Customs Union and Single Market. 

However, we see the new right-wing UK Government determined to drag Scotland out of Europe on a no-deal which would be catastrophic for businesses and jobs throughout the country.

The Scottish Government have been consistent in it’s opposition to the UK Government plans and continue to argue in-favour of remaining in the European Union and the benefits which come with this, such as free movement of people, no tariffs on goods and reciprocal free healthcare.

All EU citizens living in Scotland are valued, welcome here, and we want them to stay.