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Holyrood 452 / 5 October 2020

Holyrood 452 / 5 October 2020

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Scotland's digital sector: Including interview with public finance minister Ben Macpherson and a feature on inclusion and closing the 'digital divide'

3 Editor’s note
It surely is a tangled web that’s been woven. But this is Scotland and that’s how it now rolls.  

5  Roundup  
Pictures and numbers from the past two weeks

6 Talking Point
Mindfulness lessons from a dog

8 In Context
Examining the Protection of Workers Bill

9  Political Spotlight: Internal Market Bill
How the bill could challenge the nature of devolution

11  Overview: Scotland’s tech sector 
The digital sector is in a much stronger postition than most others in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic

14  Focus: Digital health and care
An interview with Professor George Crooks OBE of the Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre 

16  Interview: Ben Macpherson
The public finance minister on taking advantage of the surge in digital innovation created by the pandemic

21  Cover story: Digital inclusion
How Connecting Scotland is bridging the digital divide

24  Feature: Selling sex
A look at the arguments around reforming prostitution laws in Scotland

27  Election 2021: Young labour
With the Scottish Labour Party in near terminal decline, is the future in the youth of today?

30 Comment
The next election will be critical for our democracy

31 Event spotlight
Connect: Scotland’s flagship public sector ICT conference

32 Diary
Sweary parrots and the sweet aroma of a fry-up

33 Politicians’ pets
COSLA president Alison Evison introduces her dog, Susie 

34 Last Word
Sketch: Michael Gove tries to help

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