Holyrood Magazine issue 392 / 20 November 2017

Written by Holyrood Magazine on 20 November 2017 in Magazine

Scotland’s transport agenda including interview with Transport Minister, Humza Yousaf, and a look at the new low emission zones; Interview with Roseanna Cunningham, cabinet secretary for the environment, land reform and climate change, on Brexit; also, industry response to Scotland’s new diet and obesity strategy.

Scotland’s transport agenda including interview with Transport Minister, Humza Yousaf, and a look at the new low emission zones; Interview with Roseanna Cunningham, cabinet secretary for the environment, land reform and climate change, on Brexit; also, industry response to Scotland’s new diet and obesity strategy.

3 Editor’s note

Salmond, typically, is unrepentant and displays all the two-fingered hubris that so enrages his critics and affords him little grace. But, regardless of how he spins it, it is an own goal

 

6  Roundup

Pictures and numbers from the past two weeks

 

7 Talking Point

Fears over income tax rises have been overplayed

 

9 Digital Highlights

The best of Twitter and Holyrood’s online content

 

10 Political Spotlight

The so-called Westminster ‘power-grab’ is starting to look a bit limp-fisted

 

12   Cover Story:  Transport infrastructure

Scotland’s transport agenda is big, bold, and ambitious, but things don’t always go to plan

 

16  Transport Interview: Humza Yousaf

The Transport Minister reflects on his first year in the job, with expletives deleted

 

24  Transport Focus: Low Emission Zone

Is Scotland ready for the roll out of low emission zones?

 

28  Political Interview: Roseanna Cunningham

The cabinet secretary for the environment, land reform and climate change on her concerns over Brexit

 

33  Feature: Obesity strategy

The diet and obesity strategy has kicked off, but will industry play ball?

 

38  Comment: Bosnia needs our love

Duncan Dunlop on the 40-year cycle of war in the Balkans

 

40 Event Report

Innovation and embracing failure were key themes of SOCITM Scotland 2017

 

44 Getting To Know You

Tom Arthur on music, shrunken ties and offal

 

46 Comment

Henry McLeish: the failure to devolve power is at the heart of the current crisis

 

48 Diary

Mhairi Black fans, auto-generated Holyrood text and champagne socialists

 

49 Politicians & Their Pets

Holyrood heads north to find a pet ferret

 

50 Last Word

Parliamentary sketch: A debate on immigration sees some very strange pudding-based insults thrown around

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