Patrick Harvie on Grumpy Cat, Donald Trump’s wig and Captain Planet

As part of STV’s Holyrood election coverage, I am sitting down with all the major and minor party leaders to talk about their prospectus for government.

First up is Patrick Harvie, co-convener of the Scottish Greens, who joined me to talk about taxation, education and a second referendum on independence.

That interview will be published later on Tuesday. As a taster to whet your appetite, here are Harvie’s answers to a quick-fire quiz on everything from Bernie Sanders to Gogglebox.

Stephen Daisley (SD): Internet memes – Grumpy Cat or pugs?

Patrick Harvie (PH): Grumpy Cat.

SD: *growls*


SD: Favourite global multinational?

PH: Am I allowed Greenpeace? They’re global. Okay, if I’m not allowed that, I would probably go for Valve, the Steam gaming platform.

SD: Hillary or Bernie?

PH: Bernie!

SD: Sexist.


SD: If you could take away Donald Trump’s wig or his Twitter account, which would you take away?

PH: How much of his scalp am I allowed to take with the wig?

SD: You can take as much as the Secret Service will allow you to.

PH: I would take his wig because even though he’s obnoxious and offensive, Twitter does allow people to point and laugh and see what an idiot the man is.

SD: Starbucks or a little independent cafe?

PH [properly offended]: Little independent cafe! Gordon Street Coffee is my current favourite, at Central Station.

SD: Favourite Green parliamentarian anywhere around the world?

PH: I think Ska Keller in Germany is fantastically bright, passionate, articulate, and a powerful speaker. I’d certainly put her high up the list.

SD: Is it wrong that I find Adam Bandt quite attractive?

PH: No. It’s a free world. Somebody asked me that about Justin Trudeau the other day. Hot or not. I said hot-ish. Some caveats there. Not convinced.

Editor’s note: Adam Bandt is an Australian Green MP. And a bit of a cutie. Just look at him:


SD: Gogglebox or University Challenge?

PH: University Challenge.

SD: Elitist.

SD: Favourite Green – Lantern or Eggs and Ham?

PH: I don’t think I’ve read Green Eggs and Ham or seen the Green Lantern.

SD: It’s okay. I’ll just write ‘something, something… Doctor Who’.

PH: Ah! The Green Death.

SD: If you absolutely had to, would you cut down a tree or drive an SUV for a day?

PH: Cutting down a tree is a good thing to do–

SD: ‘Cutting down a tree is a good thing to do’. Whatever you say, I’m going to edit the quote to just that.

PH: Forestry. Sustainable products. It’s all great. Not one with a tree preservation order on it. And I hate driving. I can but I just find it a really stressful, unpleasant thing to do.

SD: Complete this well-known phrase: ‘Earth! Fire! Wind! Water! Heart! Go Planet! By your powers combined, I am…’

PH: Eh… Stephen Daisley?

SD: No, ‘Captain Planet’! From Captain Planet and the Planeteers! The most environmentalist kids’ show ever. You’ve failed me. Whoopi Goldberg and Meg Ryan did the voices. You’ve failed them too.








Originally published on STV News.

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