Back to St. George's West again on Sunday! Along with my MSP colleagues Malcolm Chisholm and Sarah Boyack, I organised a consultation on the proposals for a Climate Change Bill, and on environmental issues more generally, and the church kindly let me hire their premises to hold this. We had 120+ people at the meeting - I think we had a good discussion, in spite of a few "technical glitches" to do with a computer crashing! - and what struck me, as it does so often now, is how much people, rightly expect, action from politicians on this. I see there's been a lot of political debate about the proposals in this area, from the Tories on aviation taxes at the weekend, and from Gordon Brown today; and if the environment is now centre stage of politics, no matter where the policies come from, then in my view that's all to the good!
I'll be saying more about the Climate Change Bill once it is published later this week.
And on Sunday evening, I held a consultation meeting on Trident. This was another public meeting, which the Justice & Peace group kindly hosted for me in St Marys RC Cathedral Church Hall. About 50-60 people there, from the group and the general public. I made it clear that I could not support the proposals for the replacement of the Trident system when we have a vote in the House of Commons this Thursday. That has certainly been the clear message from the emails and letters I've been getting - about 120 or so to date - although I recognise there are strongly held views on both sides of the debate.