Holyrood Magazine issue 391 / 6 November 2017

Written by Holyrood Magazine on 13 November 2017 in Magazine

Interview with Scottish Labour leadership candidate, Richard Leonard; Special section on science and innovation including Q&As with six women leading in the field of STEM, and original comment by science minister Shirley-Anne Somerville and Carlos Moedas, EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation; also a focus on Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021. 

3 Editor’s note

Politics is the art of persuasion and what can be put to good use on the doorstep can easily turn ugly


6  Roundup

Pictures and numbers from the past two weeks


7 Talking Point

Brexit talks are stagnating and the consequences are beginning to show


9 Digital Highlights

The best of Twitter and Holyrood’s online content


10 Political Spotlight

The focus on sexual harassment has moved from Hollywood to Holyrood


12  Political interview: Richard Leonard

In the second of our Labour leadership interviews, Richard Leonard talks ethical socialism and sometimes being off message


17  Feature: Culture

How Paisley learned the power of cultural confidence


21  Feature: Science and Innovation

How well prepared is Scotland to meet the R&D challenges of the future?


25  Comment: Shirley-Anne Somerville

The science minister talks through the Scottish Government’s STEM strategy


26  Comment: Carlos Moedas

European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation


28  Q&As: Women in Science

Some of Scotland’s prominent women scientists on being a role model and sexism in STEM


34 Book Review

Former Labour MP Marie Fyfe on Neil Findlay’s book Socialism & Hope


36 Getting to know you

Ross Greer bounces around some ideas on dead Russians


38 Comment

Laura Beveridge: Home and family is where love is possible, even if care is not


39 Inbox

Slimming, council finances and neverendums


40 Diary

Labour leadership typos, a famous Mhairi Black fan and Trainy McTrainface


41 Politicians & their pets

Lesley Laird introduces her campaigning dog Pip


42 Last Word

Sketch: A fracking debate quickly gets out of hand after MSPs learn of Murdo Fraser’s plans to frack their back gardens

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