S4M-14086: Children Using Sectarian Language

31 Aug 2015

That the Parliament notes the recent comments by David Kelly from Aberlour Youthpoint Glasgow that many children attending his group’s events were using sectarian language; agrees with Mr Kelly that verbal abuse can have as damaging an effect as physical abuse; believes that sectarianism, anti-Catholicism and anti-Irish racism are unacceptable in 2015, and hopes that all parliamentarians will prioritise tackling what it sees as this recurring blight on Scottish society.

S4M-14044: Church Unity

25 Aug 2015

That the Parliament notes the serious fire damage to St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Old Kilpatrick and what it sees as the speedy response of the Old Kilpatrick Bowling Church of Scotland in offering its building for the displaced congregation to worship in; understands that, traditionally, there have been strained relations between different Christian denominations in the west of the country but notes positively the comments of the Rev John Harris in stating that, “I’ve always said that church unity is not an optional interest, it is a gospel imperative. If you look at all the wars and the way religion is getting blamed today, church unity is an essential. We have no message for the world if we continue to stay divided” and those of Father William McGinley who said, “I am overwhelmed with the love and the fraternal aspect of the ecumenism involved, and so are all the parishioners”; believes that all of the main Christian denominations agree on 90% of their teaching, and hopes that this example of Christian unity in Old Kilpatrick will be seen as an excellent example to be followed by Christians throughout Scotland.

S4M-14021: Former US President Jimmy Carter

24 Aug 2015

That the Parliament notes with concern the recent announcement by the former US President, Jimmy Carter, that his cancer has spread; affirms its respect for President Carter and what it considers his hugely positive contribution to the world, not least in the fields of mediation and peacemaking, particularly after his term in office; offers its support and encouragement to both him and his family at this difficult time; admires his attitude when he said that he is “perfectly at ease with whatever comes. This is in the hands of God. I am ready for anything and looking forward to a new adventure”, and hopes that President Carter will experience peace at this time.

S4M-14008: Poorest 10% Paying 45% Tax

21 Aug 2015

That the Parliament notes the conclusion of recent research conducted by the Taxpayers’ Alliance that, in 2013-14, the poorest 10% of households paid an average of 45% of their gross income in taxes; further notes the finding suggesting that VAT is the most burdensome tax for households in the lower half of the income scale, while income tax is the most burdensome for people on higher incomes; notes the view that those with the broadest shoulders should bear the greatest burden, and believes that, if the poorest in society pay 45% of their income in tax, it cannot be said that the UK tax system is progressive.