Holyrood Magazine issue 381 / 24 April 2017

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Prime Minister Theresa May calls a snap general election. Scotland’s buildings and infrastructure, from funding to preservation, including an interview with Cabinet Secretary Fiona Hyslop. Also features on the Scottish Government’s mental health strategy and the upcoming Scottish council elections. 


3 Editor’s note

“Shame, shame on Ruth Davidson,” shouted the First Minister at Davidson when she refused to condemn the clause


6  Roundup

Pictures and numbers from the past two weeks


7 Talking Point

As fears grow of a return to the Cold War, is it time for the SNP to rethink defence?


9 Digital Highlights

The best of Twitter and Holyrood’s online content


10 Political Spotlight

What exactly does Theresa May think she is doing?


13  Building Scotland:  Future infrastructure

Is the current model of funding and managing projects delivering the quality infrastructure we need for the future?


19 Building Scotland: Fiona Hyslop

Comment on cultural tourism initiatives from the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs


22  Building Scotland: Historic preservation

In defence of nimbys: progress doesn’t have to be at odds with preserving our historic assets


27  Mental health: The ten-year strategy

Was the Scottish Government’s new ten-year mental health strategy worth the wait?


29  Mental health: ‘I have depression’

A personal comment from Dr Malcolm Harvey


32  Local elections: Vote for change

What do next month’s council elections hold for Scotland?


34 Event Report

Is GDP a destructive measure of wealth?


36 Getting to know you

Alex Cole-Hamilton reveals his non-political side


38 Comment

Dani Garavelli: Ruth Davidson’s invincibility has evaporated


39 Inbox

The value of care, the state of local government, and cheese


40 Diary

Steve Bannon caught on the hop and Alex Neil’s wardrobe mixup


41 On the Desk

A look at Labour MEP David Martin’s desk in Brussels


42 Last Word

Sketch: Everything gets a bit Orwellian as Theresa May announces plans to destroy the opposition

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