Vile Tory troll attacks Nicola again

For those who don’t remember her, that’s former Tory activist Jane Lax who was suspended but is probably back in the fold. Here’s the story of how she became known as vile, in 2019:

Moray Conservative Association treasurer Jane Lax is being investigated by the party over the shameful original social media posts.

In one message, she joined in a conversation with a troll who had suggested the First Minister’s miscarriage was “fictional”.

Lax Tweeted: “Is that when she dropped a book?”, followed by three laughing emojis.

But rather than offer an apology, Lax has followed up by tweeting: “Problem for them though is, now not constrained by the party, I might become more dangerous for them.”

Today, the Herald headlines her letter based on a lie that the attainment target in Scottish schools has widened.

In March 2021, readers Legerwood and Gordon , gave us the facts that matter:


In its February 2018 report on University Applications UCAS analysed the applications from all 4 nations over a 12 year period, 2006-18, using the POLAR3 measure of deprivation.

For Scotland the results showed that the gap between the most advantaged and least advantaged applicants had halved and that had been due to the increase in applications from the most disadvantaged applicants.

In 2006 the ratio of applications from the most advantaged compared to the most disadvantaged was 4.5 to 1. By 2018 that had narrowed to 2.6 to 1 and as UCAS noted that narrowing was down to the increase in applications from the most disadvantaged applicants. In 2006 applications from the most disadvantaged applicants from Scotland was just under 10% of the total. By 2018 it had risen to 18%.

Note: UCAS processes two thirds of Scottish applications for University. The remaining third use routes within Scotland eg direct entry from FE College etc.


Taking into account the 20/25% of mature students. There is no attainment gap in Scotland. Only opportunities. Life long learning Scotland has one of the highest university educated in the world (pro rata). 50%. Only Canada is higher 56%.

More universities (pro rata) 15 pop – 5.5Million. Colleges and apprenticeships.

30% go to university from School. 20/25% mature students. If the 15% EU students are not included in mature students. Most likely. 70% university take up + foreign students (pay full). The highest in the world. Scotland has the best education system in the world. By far.

There is a need to keep the class sizes down. Councils (unionists) poor management and allocation. The Council bad organisation keeps class sizes up. At local level. There are class room assistants to help. Councils use the statuary class room limit (30) to keep class sizes higher. Reduce the limit.The councils would have to comply. The average class size overall is 13. Different places and areas. Teacher are more qualified and get paid more than the average.

The education system could be even better. If Scotland did not have to pay for Westminster illegal wars, tax evasion, financial fraud. Hickley Point, HS2, Trident, redundant weaponry. Repayments on loans not borrowed or spent in Scotland. The illegal Barnett Formula.


7 thoughts on “Vile Tory troll attacks Nicola again

  1. Why should we be surprised at either this waste of oxygen posing as a human being or The Herald giving her more precious oxygen to spread her obnoxious views ?

    She is one of those who would survive a nuclear holocaust – but be shunned by the cockroaches for her distasteful views !

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      1. Ruth Marr does sterling service on the Letters page of the Herald. Always worth a read when her letters appear she skewers the Green Ink brigade on there so completely.

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        1. Out of principle I do not read Herald, Scotsman, etc but might be interested in seeing well-reasoned comments like those you mentioned, if you care to share


  2. The National Literary Trust (NLT) provides information on the attainment gap in England’s schools pre-pandemic as well as the impact of the pandemic which provides further perspective.

    ‘Pre-pandemic studies show that on entering primary school, the attainment of children from lower-income households is around 4.6 months behind those from higher-income households, increasing to around 9 months by the time they leave primary school.

    ‘The gap increases again at secondary school, with pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds leaving around 18 months behind their peers. Following some progress, efforts to narrow the attainment gap were stalling prior to the pandemic, and in 2019, the gap was found to have increased at primary level for the first time since 2007.

    ‘One factor identified in relation to the lack of progress made in narrowing the gap is A HIGHER PROPORTION OF CHILDREN IN PERSISTENT POVERTY.’ A fine legacy of Tory rule!

    The NLT adds this: ‘The likelihood of school closures contributing to a widening of this gap is a key concern for educational researchers. To date, studies appear to show that the impact of the pandemic on pupils’ learning has been greater for those from disadvantaged backgrounds, and further that pupils in urban areas and regions such as the North, North East, Yorkshire and the Humber, and the Midlands have suffered greater learning loss in reading than their peers elsewhere.’


    And the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, pre-pandemic, confirmed that after c. 10 years of the Tory party being in government in Westminster – with access to ALL the levers of power let’s recall unlike the Scottish Government – all is not well in England: ‘the gap between the attainment of students from richer and poorer backgrounds has remained stubbornly large.’ And: ‘The percentage point gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils has been consistently wider at age 16 (27 percentage points) than when children are younger.’

    The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has been examining the impact of the Covid pandemic on schools and on the pupil attainment gap. The EEF concludes from assessments of the impact of school closures in England:
    – pupils have made less academic progress compared with previous year groups
    – studies from the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) and the UK (England’s) Department for Education show a consistent impact of the first national lockdown with pupils making around 2 months less progress than similar pupils in previous years
    – the studies from NFER and others both show large gaps for disadvantaged pupils, which seem to have grown since the start of the pandemic. ‘

    The EEF also notes: ’International evidence from Belgium, Holland and the USA is consistent in showing overall progress gaps and attainment gaps for disadvantaged pupils. A systematic review by Hammerstein et al. (2021) presents evidence from eleven international studies. Most studies found negative effects of school closures on student achievement, particularly for younger pupils and disadvantaged pupils.’

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