Holyrood Magazine issue 376 / 13 February 2017

Written by on 12 February 2017 in Magazine

The SNP make a budget deal with the Scottish Greens. Scotland’s food and drink sector: including Brexit challenges, interview with Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing, and Scotland’s whisky and gin distilleries. 


3 Editor’s note

The prospect of a never-ending Tory government and a hard Brexit plays well into an SNP narrative for independence


6  Roundup

Pictures and numbers from the past two weeks


7 Talking Point

What Trainspotting 2 tells us about modern Scotland


9 Digital

The best of Twitter and Holyrood’s online content


10   Cover Story:  The budget deal

Minority governments have to learn quickly the value of co-operation


13  Food & Drink: Raising a new standard

Food and drink is Scotland’s biggest export industry but it faces a hard Brexit future


22  Interview: Fergus Ewing

The Rural Affairs Secretary on fish, farming, haggis and Trump


31  Focus: Scotland’s distilleries

A look at the changing face of Scotland’s distilleries


34 Event Preview

Holyrood’s Politics Explained events will help you navigate  a fast-changing political landscape


36 Getting to know you

SNP MSP Maree Todd talks childhood memories, books, films and ideal dinner dates


38 Comment

Laura Beveridge: My experience of education


39 Inbox

Scottish Health Council, the ‘Dubs’ amendment and a plea for more houses


40 Diary

Sex with Milliband, pest control and salad days


41 On the Desk

SNP MSP for Mid Fife and Glenrothes Jenny Gilruth shows what’s on her desk


42 Last Word

Parliamentary sketch: MSPs talk tax, spend and watermelons as budget discussions get out of hand

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