Molly Scott Cato MEP

MEP for the South West of England

Molly is a Member of the European Parliament, an economist and writer. She studied politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford University and later gained a doctorate in economics from Aberystwyth. Aside from her work as an economist Molly’s areas of special interest include land ownership and food production, renewable energy, co-operatives and issues concerned with peace and opposing nuclear weapons and nuclear power. Before being elected to the European Parliament, Molly led the Green Group on Stroud District Council and was Chair of the Council’s Audit Committee. She worked as Professor of Economics at Roehampton University in London. For the past 15 years Molly has spoken for the Green Party on economics and finance and is also now Green Party speaker on Brexit.

The Heavy Price Of Student Debt On Mental Health

Viewing our young people as a force for good; as future contributors to society and people to be invested in, will not only free them from debt slavery; such positive affirmation could provide a massive boost to their mental health.
07/06/2017 11:47 BST

Polls And Politics: There's No Mandate For A Hard Brexit

Theresa May's announcement that the UK will leave the single market will inevitably mean every single family in the UK will face significant financial loss. Given the polling that suggests people are prepared to sacrifice almost nothing to regain the right to make our own laws, hard Brexit could quickly become one of the most destructive and unpopular decisions ever made by a British government.
17/01/2017 13:07 GMT

Flooding Is Climate Change In Action - We Need To Work With Nature To Mitigate Its Impacts

The choices and investment decisions we make now will determine whether or not a liveable planet is safeguarded for future generations. Tackling climate change and mitigating floods is a chance to show that we can work with nature, harnessing its energies for the good of the planet and its people, rather than hoping we can solve our environmental problems by kicking against it.
23/11/2016 15:50 GMT

Fake Transparency: The Trend Towards 'Secure Reading Rooms'

This is why as we marked the occasion of Right to Know Day, I joined the protest outside this latest reading room in Brussels. It is totally inappropriate for private companies to control transparency in this way and to put their profits ahead of our right to information. We need to put the "freedom" back into "freedom of information." so that we know how our health and environment might be impacted. As policy makers we have a right to verify or challenge findings and to work for the public good.
29/09/2016 13:44 BST

A Strange and Tearful Time in Brussels

As MEPs we are in a grieving process and so experiencing a range of emotions. A lot of the time I feel rage about the poor level of the debate we have just been through and fear about the consequences of the decision we have taken. I am also trying to see positive Green possibilities of operating outside the single market. And quite often I just feel deeply sad.
29/06/2016 11:20 BST

Women Need Tax Justice More Than Once a Month

Osborne must realise that genuine tax justice for women is not a once-a-month occurrence. It must cut across all tax and spend policies, universally, and help rather than hinder the fight for gender equality.
07/04/2016 17:25 BST

VAT Is a Feminist Issue

The theme of this year's International Women's Day is gender parity. It is clear that ensuring a Europe-wide VAT exemption on sanitary products and creating a 'gender sensitive' taxation system is an important step to achieving such parity.
08/03/2016 12:34 GMT

Where There's a Will There's a Way

Imagine you needed to solve the greatest problem facing humanity; a problem that was universally acknowledged and whose solution was an urgent necessity. Most of us would do anything to save a person we love. Surely we would also spend any amount of money, mortgage our futures even, to save the planet, our life-support system, from catastrophic climate change? But with such commitment and devotion comes vulnerability. This is particularly so when it comes to the issue of climate finance.
30/11/2015 14:21 GMT

Chinese Nuclear Finance Deal: What Cameron Might Say to President Xi Jinping

I'm delighted to have discovered a leaked 'damage limitation' briefing, sent to David Cameron from advisers, ahead of his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping this week. The paper gives some useful advice on what Mr Cameron should say to 'extract' himself from a damaging and embarrassing deal involving Chinese finance for nuclear new build...
20/10/2015 08:45 BST

End This Secrecy on Taxation: Our Message to President Juncker

Denying the European Parliament the right to receive key documents is simply unacceptable and disrespectful of the only institution with elected European representatives. This is what the Greens will unanimously tell Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission and Pierre Moscovici, Commissioner for taxation, when they visit the European Parliament today.
17/09/2015 15:12 BST

Is Corbynomics Too Good to Be True?

What makes me nervous is the way Corbyn and his allies are flourishing QE as though it solves all economic problems at a stroke. Using the power of money creation is not something that can be done irresponsibly; it must be subject to two important constraints.
19/08/2015 14:32 BST

As Europe Eases Into Quantitative Easing, It's Time for Green QE

Those of us who have decried the way the policies of austerity and monetary stimulus have been used to benefit the rich at the expense of the poor should be arguing now that, when the ECB loosens the purse-strings, it must use the principle of sustainability to guide how QE should be implemented...
21/01/2015 17:35 GMT

Imagining a World Without the Greens

It would appear the powers that be want you to imagine a future without the Greens. This is the future the BBC is prefiguring with its decision to exclude us from the election debates. By doing so, they create a self-fulfilling prophecy: Greens are not a serious electoral option and our contribution therefore means nothing.
18/11/2014 16:17 GMT

Brussels Revolving Door Leads Straight to the City

In order to strengthen citizens' trust in democracy, there needs to be extensive and tightly enforced cooling-off periods between the time a person spends holding public office and their move to a job for a private company in a related field. We need to introduce such a cooling-off period across the EU; three years would be a reasonable minimum length.
10/09/2014 13:00 BST