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Holyrood 460 / 15 February 2021

Holyrood 460 / 15 February 2021

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Threatening behaviour: Exclusive survey of MSPs reveals a rising tide of abuse. Plus our quarterly 'Green Pages' section counting down to COP26: including an interview with Cllr Susan Aitken, leader of Glasgow City Council, and a look at farming for the future.

3 Editor’s note 
There’s a growing unease about how this nation is being run. I feel it, even if the polls don’t yet show it

5  Roundup
Pictures and numbers from the past two weeks

6 Talking Point
COVID may yet bring cause for optimism

8 In Context
The vaccine roll-out has received a shot in the arm 

9  Political Spotlight: Threatening behaviour
Amid growing concerns over political violence, our survey finds MSPs living with death threats and police protection

12 Political Interview: Angela Constance
As Scotland reports a record number of drug deaths, Holyrood speaks to the new drugs minister


17 In Context  
The Scottish Government’s updated climate change plan 

18 Final Countdown
There are nine months to go until COP26. Will there be a Glasgow Agreement?

23 Farming
Farmers need to be environmental champions

26 Interview
Susan aitken Can its staging of this year’s UN Climate Change Conference help Glasgow tackle not only global issues, but some problems closer to home?

29 Talking Point 
Chris Stark: Will COVID save the climate?

31 Feature: Digital Health & Care
There have been huge leaps forward in digital health and care during the pandemic and they have a future impact too

36 Getting to Know You
Peter Chapman reflects on five years as an MSP

38 Comment
Social care needs change now, says Shubhanna Hussain-Ahmed

40 Diary
An unfortunate Zoom backdrop and another map mix-up

41 Pets
Penicuik councillor Debbi McCall and her dog, Dougal

42 Last Word  
Sketch: Matt Hancock watches a film

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