Holyrood Magazine issue 395 / 15 January 2018

Written by Holyrood Magazine on 22 January 2018 in Magazine

Interview with Darren ‘Loki’ McGarvey on living with a legacy of poverty; No recourse to public funds: How the UK's hostile environment policy is driving people into destitution; SPECIAL SECTION on Scotland’s economy including an interview with Finance Secretary, Derek Mackay, comment from Economy Secretary, Keith Brown, and a Q&A with leading economists. 

3 Editor’s note

This reshuffle was meant to be her new start. It was meant to stamp some authority over a team that has made no pretence of being collegiate


6  Roundup

Pictures and numbers from the past two weeks


8 Talking Point

More transparency could help combat pay inequality


10 Political Spotlight

Theresa May’s muffled reshuffle


12  Political Interview:  Darren ‘Loki’ McGarvey

Interview with Darren ‘Loki’ McGarvey on the legacy of his upbringing in Glasgow’s Pollok


16  Feature: Immigration

Destitution among people with insecure immigration status is on the rise, but there’s a limit to how much councils can do to help


19  Scotland’s Economy: Emphasis on enterprise

How does Scotland change course after a decade of weak growth?


27  Economy Interview: Derek Mackay

Scotland’s Finance Secretary on his budget and reputation


34  Economy Comment: Keith Brown

The Economy Secretary takes stock of what 2018 holds for his brief


38  Economy Q&A: Ask the experts

As MSPs prepare to debate the draft budget, five economists give their suggestions for future investment and growth


46 Roundtable

Can Scotland be a global tech hub?


50 Event Report

Holyrood’s festive drinks reception at the Scottish Parliament


52 Getting to know you

Tory MSP Miles Briggs on his experience of running through a greenhouse


54 Comment

Henry McLeish: More protection is needed for workers in Scotland


55 Book review

Alex Cole-Hamilton reviews The Public Affairs Guide to Scotland


56 Diary

Trouble with buttons, rap battles, and getting lost in the Amazon


57 Politicians and their pets

Rachael Hamilton introduces her dog Pippa


58 Last Word

Parliamentary sketch: A debate on Brexit gets side-tracked by Stewart Stevenson’s fishy tales

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