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Holyrood 436 / 19 December 2019

Holyrood 436 / 19 December 2019

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General Election Results 2019: Taking on Scotland – Labour lies in ruins and the battle lines are drawn with the SNP

3 Editor’s Note

This is an election campaign absent of vision, that hits a new low with every week that passes


6  Roundup

Pictures and numbers from the past two weeks


8 Talking Point

Speaking Scottish Australian English


11 In Context

Plans for enhanced protection against female genital mutilation


12  Political Spotlight: General Election

One last look at how the key figures have played out their campaigns in the media 


14  Overview: Energy

There may be a consensus over the need to move to a low-carbon economy, but exactly how is less clear


18  Minister’s comment: Paul Wheelhouse

Scotland’s energy minister describes the future of the nation’s energy mix


20  Interview: Roseanna Cunningham

Holyrood asks the climate secretary if Scotland is doing enough to tackle climate change


24  Opposition: Climate spokespeople

Opposition spokespeople set out what they think should be done differently to address the climate crisis


26  Feature: ‘Not proven’

Why campaigners argue it is time to abolish Scotland’s third verdict


29  Feature: Absenteeism

Absence levels in the NHS and the wider Scottish public sector are a cause for concern


32  Interview: James Morton

Exclusive interview with the manager of the Scottish Trans Alliance


36 Getting to Know You

The Greens’ John Finnie talks his rural upbringing and what he’s looking forward to most in retirement


38 Comment

As we approach a new decade, Chris Creegan appeals for more listening


39 Politicians & their pets

Scottish Labour’s Monica Lennon introduces Cuillin the labradoodle


40 Diary

Beyoncé gets people voting and the Lib Dems offer to insult every home


42 Last Word

Sketch: Jo Swinson’s apparent ambition to launch nuclear weapons is looking increasingly attractive

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