PROTEST: Green’s co-leader Patrick Harvie says an independent Scotland would abolish the monarchy

Patrick Harvie slated after confirming he would be protesting against King Charles during Coronation

Scottish Green Party co-leader Patrick Harvie
Scottish Green Party co-leader Patrick Harvie

The Scottish Greens have announced that their MSPs will be taking part in protests against the Royal Family while King Charles’ Coronation is happening in May.

And they have been blasted by the Scottish Tories who claim he has “misjudged” the public feeling toward the monarchy, much like Dumbarton man Patrick Harvie did when he gave a “disrespectful” speech during the Queen’s mourning period.

The nationalist party utilised Commonwealth Day to call for an independent Scotland to become a “modern democratic republic” by abolishing the monarchy.

While a number of key SNP figures do agree with this proposition, including budding First Minister candidates Humza Yousaf and Ash Regan, it is a contentious topic among nationalists.

Abolishing the monarchy was not in the SNP’s White Paper plans in 2014, with Alex Salmond being quite fond of the Royal Family. He even claimed that the Queen would have been “proud” to reign over an independent Scotland.

But the Scottish Greens have long called for this to happen, and have cemented their opinion by announced that their MSPs would be taking part in protests against King Charles on Coronation Day on May 6.

Co-leader Patrick Harvie said: “The Monarchy is an outdated and fundamentally undemocratic institution. With a new King on the throne, this is exactly the time to question and challenge the system of hereditary privilege and build a proper democracy.

“One of the reasons that independence is such an exciting prospect is because it would give us the powers and the opportunity to do things differently and to tackle the inequality that is so prevalent.

“Scotland can be a modern and democratic republic with an elected and accountable head of state. We can be a fairer, greener country where power and sovereignty lies with the people and where the public wealth held by the crown, from land to palaces, is used for community benefit.

“We are in a cost of living crisis, with households and families all over our country struggling with extortionate bills and soaring costs.

“At the same time, the UK government is about to spend millions of pounds on an elaborate celebration for an institution we have never voted for and that many feel increasingly alienated from.

King Charles III will celebrate his Coronation with a concert

“That is why, when the Coronation takes place this May, my Scottish Green colleagues and I will be proud to join the protests that will be taking place across Scotland and beyond.

“All over the Commonwealth there are countries having these debates and reconsidering their relationship with Monarchy. It is time for us to do the same.”

If an independent Scotland does happen, the SNP leadership contenders have conceded that abolishing the monarchy would go to a vote among Scots.

Mr Harvie was previously blasted for his republican views when he was accused of “disrespect” due to his speech towards King Charles following the death of the Queen.

The MSP claimed that change was coming in his statement at Holyrood as he hinted that the monarchy may be abolished in Scotland just days after the death of Elizabeth.

Scottish Conservative culture spokesperson, Sharon Dowey MSP told the Scottish Daily Express: “Patrick Harvie lost credibility and misjudged public feeling when he attacked the monarchy during the late Queen Elizabeth’s mourning period.

“If he insists on doing the same at a time of national celebration, he will only succeed in once again proving himself totally out of step with the public mood.

“His Majesty King Charles is our head of state and as a government minister Patrick Harvie should respect that, even if he doesn’t agree with it.”

One comment

  1. The Greens are right. The Monarchy should be abolished, it is a contradiction to have such a system in an elected democracy.

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