Holyrood 439 / 10 February 2020
Scotland's larder: Food and drink are booming industries but diet is still a struggle. Including interviews with Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy, and chef Nick Nairn.
3 Editor’s note
There is no excuse, no justification, that can be applied to the obscenity of what Derek Mackay has done.
Highlights from the past two weeks
7 Talking Point
How can we better protect adults from the growth of fake news?
9 In Context
What are tied pubs and why is Neil Bibby putting forward a bill on them?
10 Political spotlight: Scandals and polls
Nicola Sturgeon needs to ensure the SNP delivers if she wants to win that crucial extra support for independence
12 Overview: Food and drink
Scotland’s unique food and drink is renowned across the world, so why are so many people poorly fed?
16 Interview: Fergus Ewing
The Rural Economy Secretary on the “clear and present dangers” to Scottish food and drink
19 Comment: Mairi Gougeon
The Rural Affairs Minister discusses creating a sustainable food and drink industry
20 Comment: Opposition voices
The Scottish Greens on agriculture in the climate emergency and the Scottish Conservatives on the opportunities Brexit could provide
22 Interview: Nick Nairn
The celebrity chef talks about the changes Scotland needs to make to improve diet and lifestyle
25 Feature: Care Review
After three years, the review has finally delivered its verdict
28 Feature: New Scots
Meet the ‘new Scots’: men, women and children from overseas who are making Scotland their home
31 Feature: Citizens Assembly
The Citizens’ Assembly offers a new model for Scottish politics, but will politicians listen?
34 Event Report
The benefits of ‘risky play’ are far-reaching
36 Getting to Know You
The SNP’s Stephen Flynn on some of the big changes in his life
Drug deaths are not inevitable – but stopping them will take bold action
Mark Ruskell shares his omelette
Fergus Ewing gets ticked off and Tim Farron disses Tennent’s lager
42 Last Word
Sketch: The Michelle Ballantyne School of Aspirational Policy Development