Holyrood Magazine issue 360 / 25 April 2016
Scottish parliament election 2016 special focus on the economy, with an interview with David Philips of the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Mark Diffley of Ipsos Mori provides analysis of the polls. Comment from John McTernan and Kevin Pringle
3 Editor’s note
So, perhaps it is inevitable after all the political excitement of the last nine years that this campaign is lacklustre but with new powers to help frame new policies, it is unforgivable that Scottish Labour is still in the moribund position it is.
Pictures and numbers from the past two weeks
8 Talking Point
Beauty of presenting yourself as a party of opposition is that your policies need not stack up
10 Political Spotlight
A look at the party manifestos and the manifesto launches
12 Cover Story: The Economy
Despite dominating the campaign, questions of tax do not look like deciding the outcome of the election
20 Interview: David Phillips, IFS
The Institute for Fiscal Studies’ senior research economist on the fiscal framework and the shape of future devolution
24 Special feature: Aberdeen Asset Management
How can businesses deal with uncertain times?
26 Q&A: Economic experts
Holyrood puts key questions to some of Scotland’s foremost economic experts
Ipsos MORI’s Mark Diffley takes a look at the opinion polls
John McTernan and Kevin Pringle on housing policy and access to civil service support
Photo-ops gone wrong, a special Lib Dem election, and mix-ups from RISE...
37 On the campaign trail
SNP candidate Christina McKelvie’s campaign office
38 Last Word
Sketch: Nigel Farage, David Coburn and the UKIP manifesto launch