Holyrood Magazine issue 378 / 13 March 2017

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Spring party conference issue for the Scottish National Party including interviews and original comment from Nicola Sturgeon, Kevin Pringle, Geoff Aberdein, Marco Biagi. Also political interview with Lady Susan Rice of the Scottish Fiscal Commission. Spotlight on asylum seekers who are refused asylum but cannot return home. 

3 Editor’s note

It’s a lazy and inaccurate characterisation to conflate the rise of mainly right-wing populists with the popularity of the Scottish National Party

 

6  Roundup

Pictures and numbers from the past two weeks

 

7 Talking Point

Will the local government elections be on local issues?

 

9 Digital Highlights

The best of Twitter and Holyrood’s online content

 

10 Political Spotlight

The UK Government faces questions over its approach to asylum

 

12  Cover Story:  Nicola Sturgeon

The First Minister talks nationalism, patriotism and indyref 2 ahead of the SNP conference

 

21  Overview: SNP Spring Party Conference

The timing of a second referendum on independence will be on delegates’ minds

 

26  Spadversaries: Geoff & Kevin

Former SNP spads Geoff Aberdein and Kevin Pringle give their takes on the future of the SNP and the next indyref

 

28  Comment: Marco Biagi

Marco Biagi on how our approach to local government must change

 

30  Interview: Lady Susan Rice

The chair of the Scottish fiscal commission talks economic predictions

 

36 Event Report

Lots of good, sharable practice is going on in digital health and care

 

38 Comment

Laura Beveridge: The human cost of care must be reflected in the review

 

39 Inbox

Hammond’s failure on alcohol, additional support needs and warm homes

 

40 Diary

Ruth Davidson’s old dinner lady serves up some home truths

 

41 On the Desk

SNP MSP Gail Ross’s desk is home to a mermaid, an eagle and some squirrels

 

42 Last Word

Sketch: Liam Kirkaldy goes to the Scottish Tory conference in search of answers. Or an escape route

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