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In the bleak midwinter
Scotland is in the grip of a poverty crisis and children are bearing the brunt

3 Editor’s note
In the case of the callous torture and murder of six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, there are clear lessons to learn. Listen to children. See children. Don’t take a potential abuser’s word

5  Roundup 
Pictures and numbers from the past two weeks
7 Talking Point
Why did Downing Street deny their Christmas party?
8 In Context
The proposed Right to Addiction Recovery Bill

10   political spotlight:  Let’s talk about sex
Questions about sex in the Scottish Government’s health and wellbeing census are proving controversial 
12  overview: Poverty in focus
As poverty levels continue to rise, the government is urged to use powers other than social security to alleviate suffering  
16  political interview: Shona Robison
The social justice secretary on the work still needing done to tackle the scourge of child poverty
22  RoundTable: The Poverty CPG
Members of the Scottish Parliament’s new Cross Party Group on poverty speak to Holyrood
27  interview: Lord Advocate
Dorothy Bain QC makes the case for juryless trials in sexual offences cases
32  food poverty: Hungry this Christmas
What can be done to help the one in ten Scots facing food insecurity this festive season?

34 Getting to know...
Jim Fairlie talks family, farming, and his love of Little Mix 
36 Comment
Neil Findlay calls for a commission on Scotland’s constitutional future
37 Politicians’ pets
Collette Stevenson introduces us to Sadie the dog
38 Event report
The Scottish Public Service Awards 2021

40 Diary
Line of Duty auditions and the wrong Ed

41 Political spin
Richard Leonard talks about his extensive (and obscure) record collection

42 Last Word
Sketch: The Lib Dems start a new era... but nobody seems to care

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