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Holyrood 480 / 31 January 2022

Holyrood 480 / 31 January 2022

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FOOD & DRINK SPECIAL
Making the Cut - Saving the planet one mouthful at a time

3 Editor’s note
How could you invest so heavily in a man whose stock in trade was being a chancer, and then be surprised that it ends with the police knocking on his door?

5  Roundup  
Pictures and numbers from the past two weeks
7 Talking Point
Cultivating a serious Duolingo habit in lockdown 
8 In Context
The Removal from Office and Recall Bill, which seeks to get rid of failing MSPs

9  Political Spotlight: Living with Covid
Life might be returning to a semblance of normality for now, but what does the future hold?


12  Overview: Food for Thought
How do we change our diets to help save the planet from the effects of climate change?


16  Interview: Jim Fairlie
The SNP’s new MSP for Perthshire South and Kinross-shire shares tales from a life spent working around food


20  Q&A: Mairi Gougeon
The rural affairs secretary on how the farming sector is coping with the challenges of Brexit and climate change


23  Politicians & their Plates: A matter of taste
MSPs from the cross-party group on food share their ideas of food heaven and food hell


28  Planning: Community spaces
Will new planning rules help deliver more benefits from our public spaces?


31  Interview: Kathleen Stock
The philosopher talks about growing up in Montrose and being at the centre of a furious campus row on gender

36 Getting to know you...
Foysol Choudhury MSP talks Beyonce, Bangladesh and Tarzan... 


38 Comment
James Mitchell on whether Holyrood and Westminster can ever learn to work together 


39 Politicians’ pets
Edinburgh councillor Jo Mowat introduces us to Mitzi and Figaro 

40 Diary
What is a ‘work birthday’ and who’s been having one?

41 Political Spin
Tell me more: Liam Kerr shares his karaoke song of choice

42 Last Word
Sketch: The SNP is glad of the Downing St distraction

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