Holyrood Magazine issue 382 / 08 May 2017

Written by on 7 May 2017 in Magazine

Holyrood baby Kirsty celebrates her first birthday. Interviews and comment from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, poverty adviser Naomi Eisenstadt, the Glasgow Centre for Population Health, Monica Lennon MSP, and Dr Jonathan Sher. Also a political interview with former footballer Andy Woodward about the sex abuse he endured as a child in youth teams. 

3 Editor’s note

And remember this, it is still just the phony war – an election which will supposedly give her the strengthened hand that will take her into the real battle for Brexit


6  Roundup

Pictures and numbers from the past two weeks


7 Talking Point

Kirsty is everyone’s responsibility


9 Digital

The best of Twitter and Holyrood’s online content


10 Political Spotlight

Campaign season kicks off with a dose of theatrics


12  Political interview: Andy Woodward

The former footballer talks about the sex abuse he endured as a child in youth teams


18  Cover Story:  Kirsty at one

Kirsty’s circumstances and relationships have shaped her first year


24  First Minister’s comment: Nicola Sturgeon

The First Minister on improving the lives of children like Kirsty


26  #holyroodbaby: Birthday wishes for Kirsty

MSPs tell us their wishes for Kirsty on her first birthday


30  Interview: Naomi Eisenstadt

The independent poverty adviser on her journey


35  Focus: Resilience

Valerie McNeice looks at Kirsty via the work of the GCPH


38  Focus: Vulnerability

What does it mean to say a child is vulnerable?


41  Comment: Monica Lennon MSP

Kirsty’s aunts and uncles in parliament haven’t been doing enough


42  Comment: Dr Jonathan Sher

Where are the robust and meaningful preventative actions?


44 Getting to know you

SNP MSP Mairi Evans talks about toes and tsunamis

46 Comment

Henry McLeish on the path to Scottish Labour’s recovery


47 Inbox

Scallop dredging, mental health and tax


48 Diary

An accidental candidate and other mishaps from the campaign trail


49 On the Desk

Emma Harper, SNP MSP for South Scotland, talks us through her desk


50 Last Word

Sketch: With the election upon us, the PM seems to have gone missing

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