Greens’ fury over TV de­bate snub

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By Craig Pa­ton

BBC bosses have been ac­cused of ig­nor­ing the cli­mate emer­gency by not in­clud­ing the Scot­tish Greens in a tele­vised elec­tion de­bate.

Co-leader Pa­trick Harvie hit out at the broad­caster after it emerged the party would be in­vited to a de­bate on De­cem­ber 10 – but only the SNP, Tories, Labour and the Lib Dems would be on the stage.

The Greens were in­cluded in the 2017 lead­ers’ de­bates, along with the other four par­ties and Ukip.

A re­cent UN re­port has said hu­mans have un­til 2030 to re­verse cli­mate change.

The Greens have stressed the im­por­tance of the new par­lia­men­tary term, which will run un­til 2024.

Mr Harvie said: ‘We are elect­ing MPs who will sit for up to half of the time cli­mate sci­en­tists tell us we have left to tackle this cri­sis, and the BBC is hold­ing a de­bate where ev­ery­one agrees with each other. All four par­ties sup­port ex­tract­ing fos­sil fu­els un­til 2050 and be­yond.

‘They all want to ex­pand ma­jor roads and avi­a­tion. Only the Greens recog­nise this can’t hap­pen, so this de­bate is ig­nor­ing the big­gest cri­sis fac­ing us.’

He added: ‘But it’s not just on cli­mate. The Scot­tish Greens are the most in­flu­en­tial op­po­si­tion party in Scot­land.

‘We have changed the tax sys­tem, granted new pow­ers to coun­cils and only last week, John Fin­nie’s Bill on the equal pro­tec­tion of chil­dren re­ceived royal as­sent.

‘To leave us out of the de­bate is ridicu­lous.’

The attack from the Scot­tish Greens comes after the Lib­eral Democrats launched a le­gal chal­lenge against ITV for ex­clud­ing leader Jo Swin­son from its de­bate, opt­ing in­stead to just host the lead­ers of the Con­ser­va­tive and Labour par­ties.

‘Ridicu­lous’: Pa­trick Harvie

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