Holyrood Magazine issue 383 / 22 May 2017
The Women’s Issue: reviewing progress on gender equality, including interview with Clare Short and Q&A with Nicola Sturgeon. Plus 2017 Scottish local election results and profile of Brendan Cox.
3 Editor’s note
It’s ordinary people, like Kathy Mohan and Gillian Duffy, forced to live extraordinary lives – and not in a good way – who should make or break an election. But we live in bonkers times.
Pictures and numbers from the past two weeks
7 Talking Point
A ban on smacking is not desirable or necessary
9 Digital Highlights
The best of Twitter and Holyrood’s online content
10 Political Spotlight
Who’s really taking us back to the 1970s?
12 Local Government: Council election results
Scottish local government has undergone some major changes following the recent election
19 Cover Story: Clare Short
The original ‘Blair’s babe’ tells Holyrood that this snap election also marks a new dawn
24 Overview: Gender inequality
What progress has been made in the fight for equality?
27 Q&A: Nicola Sturgeon
The First Minister on Brendan Cox, ‘Legsit’, the rape clause and what the Scottish Government is doing for women
32 Focus: Women in work
We may laugh at the idea of boy jobs and girl jobs in the home, but they still exist in the world of work
Jo Cox’s husband, Brendan, spoke to Holyrood during his visit to Scotland
Laura Beveridge: We need to show girls they can do anything
Life history theory and the importance of strength and stability
Aberdeen council, midges, and the new Grime Minister
41 On the Desk
Leith MSP Ben Macpherson’s desk has a bottle of gin on it
42 Last Word
Sketch: With the election upon us, Liam Kirkaldy goes and stands next to a roundabout with a group of Scottish Lib Dems