S4M-11106: Ending the Poll Tax

06 Oct 2014

Motion Number: S4M-11106
Lodged By: John Mason
Date Lodged: 06/10/2014

Title: Ending the Poll Tax

Motion Text:
That the Parliament welcomes the fact that turnout and voter registration for the 2014 Scottish independence referendum was at an unprecedented level; understands that in the past a considerable number of people did not register to vote for fear of the community charge, referred to as the “poll tax”; considers that all taxes should be paid whether they are fair or unfair; considers that one of the main reasons why people have not paid outstanding poll tax is that they were unable to do so, and welcomes the recent news from the Scottish Government that legislation will be brought forward to stop local authorities wasting scarce resources pursuing poll tax arrears that, after 20 years, are very unlikely to be paid.

S4M-11104: The 2014 Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run

06 Oct 2014

Motion Number: S4M-11104
Lodged By: John Mason
Date Lodged: 06/10/2014

Title: The 2014 Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run

Motion Text:
That the Parliament notes the success of the 2014 Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run, which took place in Glasgow on 5 October 2014; commends the organisers of the event which, for the first time ever, received the International Association of Athletics Federation’s gold label standard, the only such accredited race in Scotland; congratulates the winners and participants who took to the streets of Glasgow for the run, many of whom raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for good causes, and considers that the Great Scottish Run is the latest successful sporting event to take place in Glasgow in 2014.

S4M-10974: Further Devolution

22 Sep 2014

Motion Number: S4M-10974
Lodged By: John Mason
Date Lodged: 22/09/2014
Title: Further Devolution

Motion Text: That the Parliament accepts the result of the Scottish independence referendum that was held on 18 September 2014; further accepts the will of the Scottish people is sovereign; notes the promise that further powers will be devolved to Scotland, and considers that only the concept of Home Rule with the devolution of all powers except foreign affairs and defence will be acceptable at this stage.

S4M-10963: Sectarianism and Anti-Irish Racism

22 Sep 2014

Motion Number: S4M-10963
Lodged By: John Mason
Date Lodged: 22/09/2014
Title: ♦ Sectarianism and Anti-Irish Racism

Motion Text: That the Parliament notes what it considers the generally good atmosphere in which the independence referendum was conducted; understands that there were Catholics, Protestants, other Christians, those of other faiths and those of no faith campaigning and voting for both sides; understands with regret that sectarianism, including anti-Catholicism, and anti-Irish racism were brought into the debate in Glasgow Shettleston and some other areas, and notes the view that the Parliament and relevant local authorities need to give these issues more attention as Scotland moves forward.

*Supported by Siobhan McMahon MSP, Scottish Labour – Central Scotland