Holyrood Magazine issue 378 / 13 March 2017

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Spring party conference issue for the Scottish National Party including interviews and original comment from Nicola Sturgeon, Kevin Pringle, Geoff Aberdein, Marco Biagi. Also political interview with Lady Susan Rice of the Scottish Fiscal Commission. Spotlight on asylum seekers who are refused asylum but cannot return home. 


3 Editor’s note

It’s a lazy and inaccurate characterisation to conflate the rise of mainly right-wing populists with the popularity of the Scottish National Party


6  Roundup

Pictures and numbers from the past two weeks


7 Talking Point

Will the local government elections be on local issues?


9 Digital Highlights

The best of Twitter and Holyrood’s online content


10 Political Spotlight

The UK Government faces questions over its approach to asylum


12  Cover Story:  Nicola Sturgeon

The First Minister talks nationalism, patriotism and indyref 2 ahead of the SNP conference


21  Overview: SNP Spring Party Conference

The timing of a second referendum on independence will be on delegates’ minds


26  Spadversaries: Geoff & Kevin

Former SNP spads Geoff Aberdein and Kevin Pringle give their takes on the future of the SNP and the next indyref


28  Comment: Marco Biagi

Marco Biagi on how our approach to local government must change


30  Interview: Lady Susan Rice

The chair of the Scottish fiscal commission talks economic predictions


36 Event Report

Lots of good, sharable practice is going on in digital health and care


38 Comment

Laura Beveridge: The human cost of care must be reflected in the review


39 Inbox

Hammond’s failure on alcohol, additional support needs and warm homes


40 Diary

Ruth Davidson’s old dinner lady serves up some home truths


41 On the Desk

SNP MSP Gail Ross’s desk is home to a mermaid, an eagle and some squirrels


42 Last Word

Sketch: Liam Kirkaldy goes to the Scottish Tory conference in search of answers. Or an escape route

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