The partnership between the “extremist” Greens and Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP will “damage” the party’s appeal.
A experienced campaigner has admitted that Nicola Sturgeon’s new power arrangement with the Scottish Greens could undermine the party’s own appeal.
Both the SNP and the Greens have now voted in favor of the arrangement, which will see the Greens transition from opposition to government in Scotland.
Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater, leaders of the Green Party, will be appointed ministers in the new nationalist coalition next week.
The first will be in charge of green skills, the energy industry, and the natural environment, while the second will be in charge of decarbonizing housing, transportation, and the rental sector.
Members of the Scottish Greens, according to Alys Mumford, who ran for Lothian in the 2021 Holyrood elections, feared the coalition-style pact would undermine the party’s popularity.
The activist, on the other hand, stated that the party might push through critical issues such as rent control and revisions to the Gender Recognition Act.
“My main sense from members has not been about what the Greens would gain politically,” she remarked on Twitter in response to a story by writer Dani Garavelli.
“Rather, most people recognize that it will hurt our vote share, but it may be a price we are ready to pay in exchange for policy victories.”
“This Green candidate has let the cat out of the bag,” Scottish Tory MSP Murdo Fraser said of the remarks.
“Her party is solely interested in being in power in order to impose policies on those who didn’t vote for them only a few months ago.
“That demonstrates a party with wrong objectives at a time when our recovery should be the top priority.
“Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater make a point of claiming that environmental issues would be at the top of their agenda.
“This candidate demonstrates that when they sit around the Ministerial table, such beliefs will be easily tossed aside.”
The Scottish Conservatives will vote against the two Green ministers joining the SNP-led Scottish Government when the nominations are made at the Scottish Parliament next week, according to information obtained by this magazine.
“We cannot accept the Greens’ absurd attempt to trick the system by being in government and opposition at the same time,” said Stephen Kerr MSP, the party’s top whip.
“According to the Greens’ own constitution, this nationalist deal is a coalition.
“The Greens will join the government and will be constrained by.”Brinkwire Summary News”.