Holyrood Magazine issue 405 / 4 June 2018

Written by Holyrood Magazine on 4 June 2018 in Magazine

Interview with Nicola Sturgeon, Economics of Independence, Q&A with SNP deputy leader contenders, Interview with Christopher Brookmyre

3 Editor’s note

Ruth Davidson can talk soft on immigration, on Brexit and in support of the NHS but they’re just words and nothing, but nothing, encapsulates her hypocrisy more neatly than in the case of Denzel


6  Roundup

Pictures and numbers from the past two weeks


7 Talking Point

Planning has been particularly hit by cuts


9 Digital Highlights

The best of Twitter and Holyrood’s online content


10 Political Spotlight

There are signs of change in both nationalism and unionism


14  Cover Story:  SNP conference overview

As the Sustainable Growth Commission sets out a vision for an independent Scotland, the SNP faces challenges and opportunities


16  Head to Head: Alex Neil & Alex Salmond

Reflections on priorities for the SNP from two party veterans


18  Interview: Nicola Sturgeon

Exclusive interview with the FM on the new case for independence


25  Q&A: Deputy leadership contest

The three candidates for SNP depute leader outline their vision for the role


30  Spotlight: Environment

Environmental policies remain a fascinating muddle of contradictions


34  Interview: Christopher Brookmyre

The bestselling author reflects on the maturing of Holyrood since Boiling a Frog

37 Political awards

The shortlist for the Holyrood Political Garden Party Awards



Gail Ross on cats, rules, ACES and Father Ted      


40 Diary

Jacob Rees-Mogg hits Fife, mistaken identity and a trip to Poundland


41 Pets

Meet SNP MSP Maree Todd’s doggo, Cooper


42 Last Word

Sketch: If Ruth Davidson doesn’t want to discuss indyref2 then she should stop repeatedly bringing it up


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