Holyrood Magazine issue 365 / 04 July 2016

Written by on 3 July 2016 in Magazine

Scottish Parliament opens for its fifth session, Holyrood commemorates the devolution journey with input from all living first ministers and presiding officers, and the Parliament’s chief executive Sir Paul Grice. Comment from Henry McLeish


3 Editor’s note

It’s hardly believable that only a week has passed since the referendum. The Brexit result leaving in its wake a country of people, not least in Scotland, stunned, shell-shocked, Zombie-like, not knowing what happens next


6  Roundup

Pictures and numbers from the past two weeks


8 Talking Point

What does the vote to leave the EU mean for Scotland’s environment?


10 Digital

The best of Twitter and Holyrood’s online content


11  Political spotlight:  Brexit

The fallout of the vote to leave the EU has been rapid and ruthless


15  Cover story: The devolution journey

Holyrood takes a look at the story of the Scottish Parliament so far


25  Comment: Nicola Sturgeon

The FM reflects on devolution so far, and what should come next


28  Comment: Sir Paul Grice

The Scottish Parliament’s chief executive looks back at devolution


30  Interview:  Tricia Marwick

Scotland’s first presiding officer is cut from a different cloth


34  Q&A: Presiding Officers

Holyrood talks to the Scottish Parliament’s first three POs


39  Comment: Ken Macintosh

The new Presiding Offices on where Parliament goes next


40  Profile: Donald Dewar

Memories of the man who brought the Scottish Parliament to life


42  Comment: Henry McLeish

In the young parliament there was evidence of the stirrings of a new Scotland


44  Interview: Jack McConnell

Scotland’s third First Minister reflects on the roots of the Brexit result


48  Interview: Alex Salmond

How Scotland’s referendum in 2014 came close to never happening


52 Event Report

Holyrood’s Connect public sector ICT conference


54 Interview

Labour MSP Mark Griffin launches bid to change law on organ donations


56 Diary

A ceilidh at Parliament, the biscuit budget and Trump trumped


57 On the Desk

Local government minister Kevin Stewart reveals what’s on his desk


59 Last Word

Sketch: British politics is more confusing than ever

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