Holyrood Magazine issue 357 / 28 March 2016

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Scottish parliament election 2016 special focus on justice, from policing to prisons. Also includes exclusive interviews with UKIP’s David Coburn and former Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill, a roundtable on cloud solutions and polls analysis from Professor John Curtice. Comment from Paul Sinclair and Geoff Aberdein

3 Editor’s note

The reality is that while income tax has now largely been devolved, the current debate is entirely driven by political point scoring focused on the minutiae of whether to raise or lower thresholds or rates by small percentage points

 

6  Roundup

Pictures and numbers from the past week

 

7 Talking Point

Voters looking to take on the establishment face a tough choice   

 

9  Political interview:  David Coburn

The leader of UKIP Scotland sets the record straight

 

12  Election overview: Justice

Whether it’s in policing, prisons or courts, it’s time each political party had a rethink

 

18  Interview: Kenny MacAskill

Scotland’s longest-serving justice secretary discusses corroboration, police reform and the release of al-Megrahi

 

22  Special feature: Christine McLintock

Law Society of Scotland president Christine McLintock urges each of the parties to preserve investment in legal aid

 

24 Round table

What steps are required for cloud to take off within Scotland’s public sector?

 

28 Comment

Pollster Professor John Curtice sums up the direction of political travel

 

30 SpAdversaries

Paul Sinclair and Geoff Aberdein reflect on the campaign trail

 

32 Diary

Wine bars and auctions, reflecting on fringe buffets, and talking Scotoland down 

 

33 On the campaign trail

Scottish Lib Dems’ Edinburgh Western election base

 

34 Last Word

Sketch: the last FMQs of the session and some fond farewells

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