Holyrood Magazine issue 360 / 25 April 2016

Written by on 24 April 2016 in Magazine

Scottish parliament election 2016 special focus on the economy, with an interview with David Philips of the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Mark Diffley of Ipsos Mori provides analysis of the polls. Comment from John McTernan and Kevin Pringle


3 Editor’s note

So, perhaps it is inevitable after all the political excitement of the last nine years that this campaign is lacklustre but with new powers to help frame new policies, it is unforgivable that Scottish Labour is still in the moribund position it is.


6  Roundup

Pictures and numbers from the past two weeks


8 Talking Point

Beauty of presenting yourself as a party of opposition is that your policies need not stack up   


10 Political Spotlight

A look at the party manifestos and the manifesto launches 


12   Cover Story:  The Economy

Despite dominating the campaign, questions of tax do not look like deciding the outcome of the election


20  Interview: David Phillips, IFS

The Institute for Fiscal Studies’ senior research economist on the fiscal framework and the shape of future devolution


24  Special feature: Aberdeen Asset Management

How can businesses deal with uncertain times?


26  Q&A: Economic experts

Holyrood puts key questions to some of Scotland’s foremost economic experts


32 Comment

Ipsos MORI’s Mark Diffley takes a look at the opinion polls


34 Spadversaries

John McTernan and Kevin Pringle on housing policy and access to civil service support


36 Diary

Photo-ops gone wrong, a special Lib Dem election, and mix-ups from RISE...


37 On the campaign trail

SNP candidate Christina McKelvie’s campaign office


38 Last Word

Sketch: Nigel Farage, David Coburn and the UKIP manifesto launch

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