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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