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Holyrood 482 / 28 February 2022

Holyrood 482 / 28 February 2022

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The Green Pages:
Harnessing the power of wind
Exclusive interview with Patrick Harvie, minister for Zero Carbon Buildings, Active Travel and Tenants’ Rights
For Peat’s Sake: Why protecting Scotland’s bogs can help tackle climate change
Plus - Paying Pensions in an Independent Scotland
Interview with MSYP Oisin King

3 Editor’s note
At a time when we’ve woken up to the experience of women and their battle to keep safe, some want to lift what meagre sex-based safeguards currently exist  

5  Roundup  
Pictures and numbers from the past two weeks
7 Talking Point
We all drank less than normal during lockdown, but there’s little to celebrate in that fact 
8 In Context
What’s the difference between a freeport, a greenport and a green freeport? We try to explain

9  Political spotlight: Royal Family
Could the end of the Queen’s reign cause people to reflect on the role of head of state?


11 GREEN PAGES Winds of Change
Depending on who you ask, the recent ScotWind leasing round is either transformational or a wasted opportunity


16 GREEN PAGES  Patrick Harvie
The co-leader of the Scottish Greens on making the move from opposition MSP to government minister


25 GREEN PAGES For Peat’s Sake
Some of Scotland’s more unassuming landscapes boast treasure far more valuable than natural beauty


30  Pensions: Looking For Answers
The question of how the state pension would be paid in an independent Scotland has arisen again – it’s complicated


33  Interview: Oisin King
Having spent much of his life in care, the teenager now wants to use his experience to improve the lives of others

37 Event Report
Delegates from public health and social care came together for the 2022 Digital Health and Care Scotland conference


40 Comment
Getting mired in detail prevents change for care-experienced people, says Kenny Murray


41 Politicians’ pets
MSP Jenni Minto introduces us to her Border Collie, Jim 


42 Getting to know...
Pam Gosal talks about family, visiting the Barras and falling in love with Tommy Shelby


44 Diary
Going tonto with Ben Wallace


45 Political Spin
Gillian Martin explains exactly what it takes to get her dancing 

46 Last Word
Sketch: James Dornan apologises. Sort of

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