Holyrood Magazine issue 402 / 23 April 2018

Written by Holyrood Magazine on 23 April 2018 in Magazine

Interview with Willie Rennie. Special section on renewables. Article on transgender equality


3 Editor’s note
Creating ‘a hostile environment’ is a heartless, cold and ruthless approach to public policy

6  Roundup 
Pictures and numbers from the past two weeks

7 Talking Point
We should not get complacent over previous successes in justice 

9 Digital Highlights
The best of Twitter and Holyrood’s online content

10 Political Spotlight
The blame game over Syria

12  Cover Story: Renewables
Are the claims about wind power in Scotland ‘fake news’?

16  Interview: Paul Wheelhouse
Despite the end of subsidies for some renewables, the energy minister is optimistic about future developments

23  Feature: Fossil Fuels
The fracking ban has big implications for Scotland’s energy mix

26  Interview: Willie Rennie
Liberal Democrats must fight for their values, says their Scottish leader

31  feature: Transgender equality
Despite the controversy, what difference would proposed reforms to the Gender Recognition Act make for trans people in Scotland?

36 GTKY
Jamie Halcro Johnston on his love of loud planes and curry

39 Letters
Catalan cry, positive feedback and the isolation of the blind

32 Garden Party
An invitation to contribute to Holyrood’s new summer party and awards

38 Comment
Dani Garavelli: We should be wary of Chinese ‘soft power’ 

40 Diary
Rise of the robots, a dressing down and walking baskets

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