Greens ‘detached from reality’ after bragging about the success of their pact with SNP

The Greens were accused last night of being “detached from reality” after boasting about the success of their pact with the Nats.

MP Mark Ruskell said opponents were “very scared” of the Eco Party’s Holyrood coalition.

Mark Ruskell said they'withstood climate chaos in Westminster'


Mark Ruskell said they ‘withstood climate chaos in Westminster’Photo credit: PA

However, his demand came amid disagreements within the SNP ranks over the Bute House agreement, which stipulates that the Greens will continue to support Humza Yousaf’s government.

Nats backbenchers are calling for a conference vote on the 2021 power-sharing deal.

It follows the collapse of the deposit return system and fierce debate over new oil and gas fields in the North Sea, which the Greens oppose.

But Mr Ruskell, their climate spokesman, boasted: “We have defied climate chaos in Westminster.

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“We have banned single-use plastic and coal mining, taken measures to curb incineration and called for a tax on private jets.

“The Bute House Agreement is working – which is why they’re afraid of it.”

It was revealed last week that revenue from the North Sea rose by £6.9 billion last year to a record £9.4 billion.

And Tory Net Zero spokesman Douglas Lumsden said the Greens’ “extreme” anti-oil and gas policies are “deeply damaging” to the Scottish economy.

He added: “Rather than acknowledging that our oil and gas sector in the North Sea will play an important role in a just transition, they want to turn the tap off immediately.”

“The Greens are wagging the SNP dog in energy policy.”

Scottish Labor No. 2 Jackie Baillie said: “The SNP and the Greens are detached from reality.

“SNP backbenchers know this coalition is holding Scotland back.”

Democrat Sanne Dijkstra Downie accused the Greens of finding excuses for “government failure”.

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Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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