Green MSP, Johnstone, slams lamppost placard ban

Green MSP and councillor, Alison Johnstone, has criticised a Conservative bid to ban lamppost placards at election time.  Read the full story in the Edinburgh Evening News.

Conservative councillor, Gordon Buchan, is taking a motion to Council this week, seeking to outlaw the posters, on the basis that a few posters remain up after the election.  However, the Greens say that this is more to do with the declining activist base of some parties than any real problem.

Alison said:

“I think this is a case of using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.

“With the exception of one or two stray placards, there are very few posters remaining that I have seen in the city.

“I think it’s one of the few remaining visible ways we have to make sure that everyone realises there’s an election on and I think that’s important in the face of dropping turnouts.

“We only have to look at the turnout in Glasgow where they have banned placards for years.

“I think we need to look at the correlation between the two.

“With regards to it not being environmentally friendly, we have been using our placards for around a decade.

“We must enforce the time-scale that we are given to take them down (after an election], but I’m not convinced there’s any need to ban them.”