Holyrood Magazine issue 374 / 16 January 2017

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The economy issue: including Brexit’s impact on the Scottish economy, action from the Scottish Government and challenges for local government. Interviews and original comment from Cabinet Secretary Keith Brown, opposition party spokespeople Jackie Baillie, Patrick Harvie and Dean Lockhart, and Colin Mair of the Improvement Service.


3 Editor’s note

What a year of unexpected upset. For some, a calamitous year, filled with anger and division, a year in which politics was turned upside down


6  Roundup

Pictures and numbers from the past two weeks


7 Talking Point

Alternative media has lost its way and killed debate in Scotland


9 Digital Highlights

The best of Twitter and Holyrood’s online content


10 Political Spotlight

The Brexit waiting game is likely to continue in 2017


13  Overview:  The Economic Picture

Brexit brings uncertainty and dented business confidence, but there’s action the Scottish Government can take to help


19  Comment: The Improvement Service

Improvement Service’s Colin Mair examines progress in tackling inequalities in Scotland 


26  Interview: Keith Brown

The Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work on what Brexit could mean for the Scottish economy


38  Q&A: Economy spokespeople

Opposition parties tackle some of the pertinent questions surrounding Scotland’s economy


44  Focus: Local Government

Councils are facing more challenges than ever before


52 Getting to know you

An informal introduction to one of the new MSPs. This issue: Monica Lennon


54 Comment

Henry McLeish: What does Brexit mean for Scottish politics?


55 Inbox

Trump and Brexit, Scottish Parliament lighting and Scottish tax levels


56 Diary

The other Nicola Sturgeon, wasting your food and lost in Bute House


57 On the Desk

North East Fife MP Stephen Gethin reveals his trinkets


58 Last Word

Sketch:  A rebrand for the New Year has brought the public release of the Freewheelin’ Jeremy Corbyn

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