Holyrood Magazine issue 362 / 23 May 2016

Written by on 22 May 2016 in Magazine

Holyrood baby Kirsty is born. Interviews and comment from Dr Catherine Calderwood, Sir Harry Burns, Dr Jonathan Sher, Professor Mary Renfrew, John Carnochan, Jason Leitch, Dr Anne Mullin and Professor James Mitchell. Comment on the named person scheme from Dani Garvelli


3 Editor’s note

As she was re-elected, Nicola Sturgeon said this will be a parliament of new beginnings. She said her government would stand for a society that offers opportunity for all


6  Roundup

Pictures and numbers from the past two weeks


8 Talking Point

It’s time for government to act upon ‘smart on crime’ vow 


10 Political Spotlight

What does the reshuffle tell us about the new government’s priorities?


12 Political Interview

New presiding officer Ken Macintosh on his election 


15 Digital Highlights

The best of Twitter and Holyrood’s online content


16  Cover Story:  The Holyrood baby

Meet Kirsty, the Holyrood baby, born into one of Scotland’s most deprived communities. Includes comments from Prof Jason Leitch, Prof James Mitchell, John Carnochan OBE QPM, Dr Anne Mullin and Colin Mair


28  Focus: Preconception by Dr Jonathan Sher

Life chances are often shaped even before we are born


30  Focus: The parents by Prof Mary Renfrew

In Scotland we have generations of habits, and generations of poverty, we have to break.


31  Focus: At birth by Sir Harry Burns

All babies should be born with an equal opportunity to achieve their full potential


32  Interview: Chief Medical Officer

Dr Catherine Calderwood says Holyrood’s baby, Kirsty, and her mum should be seen as people, not patients


36  Focus: Named Person By Dani Garavelli

Is the named person policy set to be the first casualty of Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP minority government?


40 Event Report

What the future holds for women in Scotland’s justice system


42 Comment

Henry McLeish: on eurosceptic myth-making


43 Inbox/Soapbox

Disabled MSPs, maths exams, English nationalism


44 Diary

Former FM frisked, apple for Mundell and swearing in tongues


45 On the Desk

The desk of new COSLA chief exec Sally Loudon


46 Last Word

Sketch: The Scottish Parliament’s attempt to elect a new presiding officer turns epic

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