I was reading the Beeb story about proposed laws to make being nasty to shirtlifters a hineous crime. I wondered who would sponsor such a waste of parliamentry time. It is a waster called Patrick Harvie. I think this man is our natural enemy - read his bio, to me, he represents everything that is wrong with this country. http://www.patrickharviemsp.com/?page_id=3 Full name: Patrick Harvie Age: 34 Born: Dunbartonshire, March 18th 1973. Educated: Dumbarton Academy, Manchester Metropolitan University Previous Employment: Lanarkshire Development Worker (previously Youth Worker), Gay Mens Services, PHACE Scotland (1997-2003) Political career: Scrap Section 28 Campaign (2000-2001); Convenor, West of Scotland Lesbian & Gay Forum (2001-2); Scottish Greens Social Inclusion Speaker (2001-2); Scottish Greens Justice Speaker (2002-3); Scottish Coalition for Justice Not War (2002-3); Glasgow Green Party Convenor (2003); MSP for the Glasgow Region (2003-7). I have been interested in politics for many years, and (nevertheless?) joined the Labour Party while at university in Manchester. I had hoped at the time that the abandonment of some of the dogma associated with old Labour would lead to a more modern form of social radicalism. How quickly I was disappointed. I let my membership lapse after the first year. The Section 28 debate in Scotland re-politicised me. I was appalled at the level of bigotry displayed, and by the eagerness with which ignorance and intolerance were promoted by certain sections of our media. I was working to support lesbian, gay and bisexual young people at the time, and many of them shared my feeling that our community had come under attack. The success of the campaign for repeal was a moment we could be proud of. By the time the dust settled I had already joined the Scottish Green Party. Since then I have contributed to the work of the Party in a voluntary capacity, and if you follow the Green Party link at the top of the page you can read more about this. My strongest political interests currently include equality, peace, sustainable development, food culture, media & technology. In my spare time I make an effort to enjoy the ever-increasing range of Scottish real ales. I also enjoy cinema, music, reading and cooking. Im a Linux user at home, and more recently at work, and Ive become more deeply interested in the issues of free media in an electronic age. Im a member and/or financial supporter of Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, the Equality Network, Stonewall Scotland, Amnesty International, Unison and the Campaign Against the Arms Trade. Im also a patron of Parents Enquiry Scotland.