Jackson Carlaw, ‘the big man now’: Shouting ‘Theatre!’ in a crowded fire to call for the fall of a competent woman

I don’t need to repeat the apparently impassioned calls from the Scottish Tories for the Health Secretary to resign because of an error by her staff in sending out a letter with the wrong date in it.

I don’t need to repeat the First Minister’s quick, withering, dismissal of their call as ‘political.’

These calls, regularly made, by all opposition parties over time, for different SNP ministers to go, are beyond merely ‘political’ or cynical attempts to score points, they are political theatre in which facts no longer matter and in which context is missing.

Think about it. Jackson Carlaw is the leader of the Scottish branch of the UK-based Conservative and Unionist Party which is, on the evidence of multiple experts, responsible for the unwarranted deaths of thousands. This cabinet, infested with Libertarian belief and an elitist private schoolboy ideology which embraces the herd immunity fallacy, deliberately delayed lock-down, in the face of academic protest and, crucially, the evidence from Italy.

This caused the deaths of thousands. Professor John Edmunds would only say ‘a lot of lives’ but Edinburgh University researchers estimated 2 000 in Scotland so for the UK, that might be around 25 000.

The man behind this disaster, is the ideologue Dominic Cummings. We have yet to read the COBRA minutes to see what he said there and how and to what extent he pressed the group into accepting the idea that we could lock-down too early and the heartless idea that ‘we’ (they, the poor) should just take the deaths ‘on the chin.’.

You will remember and compare Carlaw’s stumbling, fearful, call for Cummings to ‘consider his position’ with his bombast in Holyrood, shouting theatrically for the fall of a competent, courageous woman.

Aye, he thinks he’s the big man now. He’s a classic bully, quiet as a mouse when the real hard-men make mistakes but joyously merciless when a hard-working woman can be accused of the smallest of errors.


The phrase ‘Shouting Theatre in a Crowded Fire‘ comes from a 1999 paper by Profesor Ian Stronach, then of Stirling University, now at Liverpool John Moores, in which he suggested that a lot of educational policy development was often more a ‘cultural performance’ than real change.

It’s here: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/13563899922208913

Allegedly, Stronach was ‘driven out’ of Scotland by indignant HM School Inspectors who were mightily offended by his apparent suggestion that they were in some way like pacific island witch doctors and then tried to isolate him.

Still in Teacher Education myself at the time, I though the analogy was perfectly reasonable and illuminating.

10 thoughts on “Jackson Carlaw, ‘the big man now’: Shouting ‘Theatre!’ in a crowded fire to call for the fall of a competent woman

  1. Simply produce a electioneering leaflet
    For 2021 battle to come solely stating why we must HAVE this man as the next FM
    Then fill it with selected Quotes by him
    Explaining why we badly need HIM as much as we need a hole in the head
    All topped off with a smiling smug face of him
    Occupying the centre of a Big Union jack
    This idea is not as daft as he really is
    But all done in a funny lighthearted comical manner
    After all he is the real JOKER

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  2. Carlaw doing what the whole British firm does , it attacks everything that is successful if it doesn’t bow down to the British state and do a the British state orders.
    Many many countries and people’s around the world have felt the rasp of the British whip the EU hassle been treated badly the people in U.K. treated as if they are dispensable and worthless and Scotland in particular treated as slaves to England .
    The political arrangements in Scotland’s parliament are shocking an extreme form of control by England is managed through Carlaw and the List MPs who are unknown to the people of Scotland because nobody voted them into power , just like the House of Lords they get a free pass and can control our lives but are unaccountable.

    Damned disgrace should be ended these List MPs should be marched out and excluded the election system changed .

    The only people in my parliament should be people elected to be there by the people of Scotland

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  3. Hard to see Bo Jo drop his brain (DC) in the proverbial by releasing the minutes of the COBRA meeting. He’s still sitting on the security comittee’s report into links with Russia, Should’ve been released last year.

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      1. It’s din dins here, 2 more courses to go. Then I’ll have a go at making something up.
        Just like Bo Jo , DC, JC. Ruthless , Wee Annie, Wullie R. There’s too many to list

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  4. Jackass Carlot is one of the “Thick C*nts” who, on behalf of “Rich C*nts” such as Boris de Piffel Johnson, stamps on we “Poor C*nts” who form the bulk of the population. Come the Revolution, Jackass’s plea in mitigation will be: “I vos only obeying orders.”


  5. It would be difficult to come up with two bigger Brit Nat buffoons than Carlot and Leotard–with Wee Wullie thrown in as a “Union bonus”!
    Looks like the Toadie brand in Scotland is heading for oblivion in 2021.
    But, just as we get “additional members” for positive voting levels, so should there be a means to punish a party for a poor performance at a Holyrood election—perhaps stripping them of MP’s?

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  6. Cummings has little interest in Covid other than as a useful smokescreen to push through his his ‘ get Brexit done ‘ agenda. Around £4.5 billion pound was shorted on the collapse of the pound and share prices, and that was why lockdown was delayed, nothing to do with science, just avarice. Cummings is a eugenist, as is his father in law, saving people would never take priority over increasing personal wealth.

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  7. Talking of ‘put downs’ which we’re not of course but couldn’t help adding a classic last week from the Health Sec on Brian Little’s futile attempt to look as if he was momentarily passionate and concerned about Virus deaths in his speech on the NHS with the inference that the ‘R’ number has remained unchanged and was being manipulated by the Scot Gov for some unknown reason. She kindly offered to arrange for him to attend an explanatory meeting so that he could perhaps understand what he was talking about. Very funny. She has my full admiration and support.


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