Holyrood 485 / 11 April 2022
All at sea...
...but can anything sink the SNP?
3 Editor’s note
Legislators are rightly nervous about cementing in statute a gender ideology which currently has no status in law and no clear definitions
Pictures and numbers from the past two weeks
7 Talking Point
It’s time we started discussing class, says Joseph Anderson
8 In Context
Nicola Sturgeon’s apology for historic witch trial victims
9 Political spotlight: Murky Waters
How the Scottish Government’s repeated attempts at state intervention, and a lack of timely scrutiny, led to the ferry fiasco
12 Overview: Justice For All
Advocates of community justice say it reduces the prison population and aids rehabilitation, but what about the victims of crime?
15 Interview: Ash Regan
The community safety minister on standing up for women’s rights and the challenges of dealing with the legal profession
19 Feature: Refugees
The response to the Ukraine crisis throws new focus on the UK’s patchwork provision for refugees and asylum seekers
22 Pass the Mic: Scotland’s Shame
Institutional racism is as much a problem in Scotland as elsewhere in the UK, says Zamard Zahid
24 Interview: Alex Cole-Hamilton
The Lib Dem leader on the “toxic death spiral” gripping Scottish politics
MSPs and stakeholders get together to discuss energy efficiency measures
Scotland’s forests are being sold off in the name of greenwashing, says Andy Wightman
33 Politicians’ pets
Ayr MSP Siobhian Brown introduces us to her dog Ruby
34 Getting to know...
SNP MSP Jenni Minto and her shelf of island gins
Missing ferries, runaway dogs and attention-seeking cats
37 Political spin
Chief Medical Officer Sir Gregor Smith talks Ozzy, guitars, and Madchester
38 Last Word
Sketch: MSPs consider whether breaking the law is always illegal