PIE AND GREENS

Reply from Patrick Harvie MSP
 
From: Patrick.Harvie.msp@scottish.parliament.uk [mailto:Patrick.Harvie.msp@scottish.parliament.uk] 
Sent: 13 November 2014 18:06
To: David Scott
Cc: Alison.Johnstone.msp@scottish.parliament.uk
Subject: RE: German Green party admits to paedophile links
 
Dear Mr Scott,
 
Thanks for your email. I am not aware of any information to suggest that such links existed. Since these issues pre-date not only my membership of the Scottish Green Party but also its existence as a party, I’m not sure that I would have access to any historic information that would relevant.
 
It has to be said however that such groups appear to have been disturbingly successful at that time in gaining both access and influence within a wide range of other organisations, including but not limited to political parties. The priority now should be ensuring that all organisations adopt a robust approach to child protection, and that no individuals responsible for past acts are protected from justice. The Government’s action plan to tackle child sexual abuse, and the possible inquiry which Scottish Ministers are still considering, are both important in this regard.
 
Sincerely,
 
Patrick Harvie
 
 
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From: David Scott
Sent: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 11:29 PM
To: Johnstone A (Alison), MSP; Harvie P (Patrick), MSP
Subject: German Green party admits to paedophile links
 
Dear Ms Johnstone and Mr Harvey,
 
The following report is from the Alternative News Network:
 
Germany’s Green Party has admitted it had extensive links with a pro-paedophile lobbying organisation in the eighties and was involved in campaigns at the time to legalise sex with children.
The revelations bear similarities to allegations that a pro-paedophile group had links to prominent politicians in the UK and received government funding.
But unlike in the UK, where politicians have denied links to the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), the full extent of the German Greens’ involvement with pro-paedophile organisations has emerged in a report commissioned by the party itself, in an attempt to come clean about its past.
“The decisions taken at that time were not acceptable,” the German Greens’ national chairman Simone Peter, said at a press conference to release the report, adding that the party “deeply regretted” that it was “responding to the debate much too late”.
The Green Party’s reputation suffered considerable harm when its historic links with a German lobbying group called the Federal Association for Gays, Transexuals and Pederasts, which campaigned for a repeal of all sexual offences laws, including those against sex with children, first emerged in Spiegel magazine last year.
The new report was commissioned in part to stem the fall-out from those revelations, but the details which emerge in it could prove damaging.
The report includes an extensive list of Green Party local election campaign material that called for the decriminalisation of paedophilia during the eighties.
“We distance ourselves explicitly from demands for impunity for paedophile acts,” the party said in a statement. “Sexuality between adults and children is always sexual violence against children and a form of abuse, with serious, sometimes life-long consequences for those affected.
“We apologise to those who feel their pain and suffering has been mocked by our debates and positions in the 1980s. We regret it deeply if perpetrators have gained a sense of legitimacy for their actions from these debates.”
Justin Hugglar

Can you advise whether any of the Green political movement in Great Britain: The Ecology Party, 1975–1985, The Green Party of Great Britain, 1985–1990, The Green Party of England and Wales or the Scottish Green Party have had any similar links with UK paedophile organisations such as PIE?

 
Thank you for your time and assistance
 
David Scott BEng, AMICE, CEng, MIStructE, MIES

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