Holyrood Magazine issue 383 / 22 May 2017

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The Women’s Issue: reviewing progress on gender equality, including interview with Clare Short and Q&A with Nicola Sturgeon.  Plus 2017 Scottish local election results and profile of Brendan Cox.

3 Editor’s note

It’s ordinary people, like Kathy Mohan and Gillian Duffy, forced to live extraordinary lives – and not in a good way – who should make or break an election. But we live in bonkers times.


6  Roundup

Pictures and numbers from the past two weeks


7 Talking Point

A ban on smacking is not desirable or necessary


9 Digital Highlights

The best of Twitter and Holyrood’s online content


10 Political Spotlight

Who’s really taking us back to the 1970s?


12  Local Government:  Council election results

Scottish local government has undergone some major changes following the recent election


19  Cover Story: Clare Short

The original ‘Blair’s babe’ tells Holyrood that this snap election also marks a new dawn 


24  Overview: Gender inequality

What progress has been made in the fight for equality?


27  Q&A: Nicola Sturgeon

The First Minister on Brendan Cox, ‘Legsit’, the rape clause and what the Scottish Government is doing for women


32  Focus: Women in work

We may laugh at the idea of boy jobs and girl jobs in the home, but they still exist in the world of work


36 Profile

Jo Cox’s husband, Brendan, spoke to Holyrood during his visit to Scotland


38 Comment

Laura Beveridge: We need to show girls they can do anything


39 Inbox

Life history theory and the importance of strength and stability


40 Diary

Aberdeen council, midges, and the new Grime Minister


41 On the Desk

Leith MSP Ben Macpherson’s desk has a bottle of gin on it


42 Last Word

Sketch: With the election upon us, Liam Kirkaldy goes and stands next to a roundabout with a group of Scottish Lib Dems

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