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Holyrood 443 / 6 April 2020

Holyrood 443 / 6 April 2020

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The Greatest Love: Richard Demarco on the power of art to heal. Plus: Smart Working - a look at the revolution accelerated by necessary home working, including interview with Finance Secretary Kate Forbes. And introducing The COVID-19 Pages - keeping you up-to-date on the pandemic.

3 Editor’s note
This illness is coming. And the fear of what is still to arrive is growing

6  Roundup 
Pictures and numbers from the past two weeks

7 Talking Point
Will the positive side-effects of the pandemic become its legacy?

9 In Context
Coronavirus emergency legislation

10  Political Spotlight: Repatriation
As the rest of us get used to staying at home, Brits abroad face the challenge of getting home at all

12  Overview: Smartening up
The acceleration of a revolution in smart working

15  Focus: Ask the experts
Advice from seasoned home workers for those working from home for the first time

18  Interview: Kate Forbes
The Finance Secretary on the impact of the coronavirus on the Scottish economy and our home working capabilities

22  Feature: South of Scotland Enterprise
The new economic developent agency for the south of Scotland is ready to help with post-COVID-19 recovery

24  Cover Story: Richard Demarco
Time is running out for Richard Demarco, and with so much still left to do

28  Feature: Gender-based violence
How are universities addressing sexual violence and harassment on campus?

31  SPECIAL SECTION: The COVID-19 pages
Introduction: A new section dedicated to covering the pandemic    
On the front line: Getting to know food delivery rider Alice Barker
Hospitality: Much of the sector is on pause, but some are fighting back    
On the (home) desk: With Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution Mike Russell

36 Getting to Know You
SNP MP Tommy Sheppard reveals all

38 Comment
Kenneth Murray: why profit has no place in care

39 Politicians & their pets
Julie Ford and her pet fish McBoffin

40 Diary
Politicians and their COVID haircuts, leaked MI6 addresses and Zoom IDs

42 Last Word
Sketch: COVID-19 has caused MSPs to start being polite to each other. It’s terrifying

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