S4M-02392: Action to Tackle Offensive Behaviour at Football

03 Aug 2012

S4M-02392 John Mason (Glasgow Shettleston) (Scottish National Party): That the Parliament notes the enactment of the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012, which came into force on 1 March 2012; notes the significant amount of political debate that surrounded the passing of this legislation; further notes that two men were recently arrested by British Transport Police for “chanting and singing songs of a racially derogative nature” following the Ayr United versus Hibernian Scottish Cup match; understands that the fans involved were not connected to the Old Firm; considers that this legislation was introduced to tackle offensive behaviour throughout all of Scottish football, and believes that these recent convictions show that the legislation is robust and is allowing the police more power to tackle offensive behaviour at football.

S4M-02189: Welcome for Scotland’s Ageing Population

03 Aug 2012

S4M-02189 John Mason (Glasgow Shettleston) (Scottish National Party): That the Parliament notes the headline story in The Herald newspaper of 1 March 2012 regarding Scotland’s ageing population using figures from the National Records of Scotland; regrets what it considers to be the negative phraseology used in the report such as “demographic time bomb” and “increased burden”; considers that older people are inherently a good thing for Scotland; is delighted that, after years of concern about Scottish life expectancy being so short, more people are living longer; considers that Scots of all ages have much to contribute to society and that, in particular, older people can be a source of wisdom and support for their immediate families and the wider community; hopes that life expectancy in Scotland can continue to be improved, and looks forward to the opportunities afforded to Scotland by this rising trend in population.

S4M-01897: Poverty and Homelessness Action Week 2012

03 Aug 2012

S4M-01897 John Mason (Glasgow Shettleston) (Scottish National Party): That the Parliament notes that 28 January to 5 February 2012 is Poverty and Homelessness Action Week and commends this year’s theme, Breaking Barriers; notes that Poverty and Homelessness Action Week has been running each year since 2008, supported by Church Action on Poverty, Housing Justice and Scottish Churches Housing Action; considers that the event brings together two special Sundays that have been marked in UK churches for many years; welcomes the efforts being made to raise awareness of the issues of poverty and homelessness in the UK; also commends efforts to raise funds for projects and campaigns that work to tackle poverty and homelessness; notes that the week involves people in campaign actions that tackle the causes of poverty and homelessness, and encourages everyone to get involved in Poverty and Homelessness Action Week.

S4M-01861: Narrowing the Gap between the Rich and Poor

03 Aug 2012

S4M-01861 John Mason (Glasgow Shettleston) (Scottish National Party): That the Parliament notes the evidence on the subject of fair pay in the public sector by Will Hutton at the meeting of the Finance Committee on 25 January 2012; further notes what it considers to be an excessive remuneration package of some £1.2 million in salary and a £963,000 bonus for the chief executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland, which is 82% owned by the taxpayer; contrasts what is considered this excessive pay and bonus with the many people in Glasgow Shettleston and other constituencies across Scotland who are struggling to make ends meet in low-paid jobs; regrets that the gap between rich and poor continues to widen, and further regrets that the Hutton Review of Fair Pay in the public sector: Final Report did not recommend that the remuneration of an organisation’s highest-paid employee should be capped at 20 times that of the lowest paid.