Motion S5M-15810: Global Inequality on the Rise

11 Feb 2019

That the Parliament notes the recent report by Oxfam highlighting what it considers the alarming rate at which global inequality is increasing, with 26 individuals reportedly owning the same amount of wealth as the poorest half of the world’s population, which is 3.8 billion people; considers that the under-taxation of society’s wealthiest individuals and corporations is directly linked to widening inequality; acknowledges the report’s finding that the richest 10% of people in the UK are paying a lower effective rate of tax than the poorest 10%, when consumption taxes are considered; believes that wealth needs to be taxed at fairer levels to strengthen public services and allow all members of society the opportunity to flourish, regardless of the financial circumstances that they are born into, and considers that there needs to be a greater emphasis on taxing wealth and ensuring that nobody is left behind.

Motion S5M-15387: Find Your Balance on Portion Sizes

14 Jan 2019

That the Parliament welcomes the guide produced by the British Nutrition Foundation, Find your balance; understands that the guide aims to help tackle growing portion sizes and promote a balanced diet; notes that portion size is not often considered when it comes to eating healthily, despite being a key factor in diet; understands that the guide offers practical measures for portion sizes through the use of hands and spoons with, for example, two handfuls of dried pasta or rice being roughly 75g; appreciates the spotlight that this guide shines on how best to achieve a healthy diet, and believes that there needs to be more emphasis on the quantity of food that people eat, as well as the quality.

Motion S5M-15231: France to Overtake UK in Economic League

04 Jan 2019

That the Parliament notes the release of the report, World Economic League Table, by the Centre for Economics and Business Research, which shows that France is likely to overtake the UK as the sixth largest economy in the world in 2019; understands that the report states that “disruption” caused by Brexit was inevitable and would lead to a damaging drop in both inward and business investment; considers that this clearly underlines that the UK is not a force for economic stability, and believes that an independent Scotland could do much better than what it considers the rampant economic self-harm being carried out by successive UK governments.

Motion S5M-15229: Oppression of Minorities in China

03 Jan 2019

That the Parliament deplores the treatment of a number of minority nationalities, faith groups and others by the Chinese Government; is particularly concerned about the plight of Tibet and Tibetans, Uighur Muslims living in Xinjiang, Christians throughout China and practitioners of Falun Gong; notes reports that “re-education camps” are said to contain between 500,000 and 2 million Uighur and other Muslim minority people, mainly men; notes with extreme concern reports of malnourishment, deaths and the forced use of drugs in these camps, with some former prisoners mentioning the use of torture; considers that the people of Scotland, including those in the Glasgow Shettleston constituency, expect their Parliament to speak out on what it considers such human rights abuses, despite the fact that China is an important trading partner, and expresses solidarity with those living in China and Tibet who find their way of life under threat.