Highlands and Islands Greens
Highlands and Islands Greens

Highland Greens Choose Westminster Candidate

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

The Highlands and Islands branch of the Scottish Green Party has announced its Westminster election candidate for the constituency of Inverness Nairn Badenoch and Strathspey.  He is local organic farmer Donnie Macleod from Ardersier, a well known local businessman and activist on environmental issues.

Speaking this week Donnie said: “Global issues cannot be viewed in isolation any more.  The physical environment, the biological environment, world trade, militarism, genetics, debt, resource squandering, personal inequalities, etc. are all linked.

“At the root of many of those problems is a faulty money system and human greed.  Currently, our politicians are an excellent example of the products of that faulty system.  Every step that is taken towards social justice and environmental survival has to be forced by people taking action against those reluctant politicians.  I believe that a better world is possible and that we, in the Highlands of Scotland should be an essential part of its creation.  The time for change has surely come and we must no longer be electing politicians who sit on the fence and allow our grandchildren’s future to be destroyed.  It is time to replace the current vacuous ‘greenwashed’ utterances from the Highlands with a proper Green message.”

Donnie Macleod was at the forefront of the anti-GM protests, during which he was imprisoned in 2001.  He is a long-standing activist on environmental and anti-war issues and has been a parliamentary candidate in the past for both Westminster and Holyrood.