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Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Level 4 Restrictions) (19 Nov 2020)

Jackson Carlaw: Over the past 48 hours, the reality of Tuesday’s confirmation of level 4 status has settled on my Eastwood constituents, who feel a mixture of weary resignation, bewilderment and fear. “What is it that we have failed to do?” ask many who have already done so much. Some small business owners who have invested heavily in stock for the season on which their livelihoods most depend have...

Scottish Parliament: Baroness Cumberlege Report (8 Sep 2020)

Jackson Carlaw: This is the first closing speech in Parliament that I have given for several years; I have been detained in other ways. I am absolutely delighted to be able to contribute to a debate as outstanding and informed as the one that we have had this afternoon. Most of the content that I want to address relates to the mesh scandal and the way that it has unfolded, but first I want to thank Kenny...

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (8 Sep 2020)

Jackson Carlaw: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I just point out that this confusion has come at the end of a very important debate that thousands of women will have been watching online, and they will be dismayed at the turn of events. I think that Parliament owes an apology to the many women who have been looking to see what Parliament’s view on the Cumberlege report is going to be.

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Next Steps) (30 Jul 2020)

Jackson Carlaw: After months of gloom, I hope that the Presiding Officer will forgive me if I start off by noting the unalloyed pleasure—at least of those of us on this side of the chamber—that, after a year away but now fully restored to good health, John Scott has returned to the chamber. [Applause.] Ayr’s voice will now be heard again. I thank the First Minister for advance sight of her statement....

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Next Steps) (30 Jul 2020)

Jackson Carlaw: I appreciate that, but the moment has been coming for weeks and I am surprised that we are not able to give absolute clarity. Nevertheless, it will be welcomed that all children will be back at school on 18 August. The First Minister concluded her statement by reminding everybody of the importance of facts. However, when Parliament met on 9 July, the First Minister said repeatedly, in...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Next Steps) (30 Jul 2020)

Jackson Carlaw: Well, I am afraid that that is not what the UK Statistics Authority had to say. Here is what it said: “the sources you were provided with do not allow for a meaningful comparison to be made.” However, that is exactly what the First Minister did. It is unacceptable that the First Minister is now trying to downplay this, because the importance is clear. This is not just a number. This is...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Next Steps) (30 Jul 2020)

Jackson Carlaw: Here is what the UK Statistics Authority says: “We do not think that the sources above allow for a quantified and uncaveated comparison of the kind that was made.” Will the First Minister give us a straight admission that she made a comparison that she may have chosen to believe but that was not true?

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Next Steps) (30 Jul 2020)

Jackson Carlaw: I think that the First Minister has to be very careful in talking about playing politics when she is the leader and the chief executive of her party, which profiteered from coronavirus by producing party-political face masks to raise funds for the Scottish National Party and then encouraged people down in the Borders to shout obscenities at people coming to this country from England. That was...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Next Steps) (30 Jul 2020)

Jackson Carlaw: That was encouraged by elected SNP parliamentarians. The issue is that public confidence in Government decisions should not be undermined by figures being made up to substantiate party-political spin. I am perplexed, because the binder in front of the First Minister is full of detail. The First Minister is well prepared, and she is the first to bring a statistic to any debate. She made that...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Next Steps) (9 Jul 2020)

Jackson Carlaw: I thank the First Minister for early sight of her statement. As we exit lockdown, I reiterate her call for all of us to follow the rules, which, so far, the vast majority of people across Scotland have done commendably. In particular, I welcome the fact that places of worship will soon be reopened, which is a sign that our communities are coming back to life. Today’s statement confirms that...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Next Steps) (9 Jul 2020)

Jackson Carlaw: I hope that that answer means that there is potential for the review date to be brought forward, even if by only a couple of months I turn to the detail of the chancellor’s summer statement, which he delivered yesterday. Scotland will benefit hugely from many of his actions, such as the job retention bonus, the VAT cut for the hospitality sector and the eat out to help out scheme. However,...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Next Steps) (9 Jul 2020)

Jackson Carlaw: Yesterday, the First Minister decided to keep Spain off the list of quarantine-exempt countries. As the First Minister knows, the Scottish Tourism Alliance has described the decision as “a blow to the aviation sector and our tourism industry”. The First Minister will know, because she expressed it yesterday, the disappointment felt by some 60 per cent of holidaymakers who would have had...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Next Steps) (9 Jul 2020)

Jackson Carlaw: That was a bit disappointing, because the prevalence in some of the Spanish islands is significantly less than it is here in Scotland. The difference, of course, between Spain and the islands is that there is 1,000 miles of water in that case, which there is not between Scotland and England, however much the Scottish National Party might wish it were otherwise. What people will have noticed...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (2m Distancing Rule) (24 Jun 2020)

Jackson Carlaw: 1. I appreciated advance sight of today’s additional statement and noted the announcements that the First Minister has just made. We will examine the details over the coming days, but anything that offers more clarity is to be supported. The First Minister will know that the 2m rule is regarded by many as central to the debate that we are having around opening Scotland back up for business....

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (2m Distancing Rule) (24 Jun 2020)

Jackson Carlaw: The practical outcome of today’s statement is that, from 3 July, with the abolition of the 5-mile rule, Scots can travel on holiday to England, but not in Scotland. The reason that those industries are worried is because they say that every day that passes risks more jobs being lost. Let us take the case of one of the jewels of Scottish tourism: Crieff Hydro. I know that the First Minister...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (2m Distancing Rule) (24 Jun 2020)

Jackson Carlaw: That is also the answer that the First Minister gave me last week when I asked for a plan to fully open schools. Within six days, the Government had changed its position completely. Livelihoods are at risk, too. Together with clarity and a timetable to re-open Scotland, we also need better guidance. As the chief operating officer at BrewDog told BBC Newsdrive yesterday, there is a lack of...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (2m Distancing Rule) (24 Jun 2020)

Jackson Carlaw: It is a bit disappointing that the First Minister relies on pre-scripted abuse from her advisors at First Minister’s questions. It is pretty clear what I asked the First Minister last week; it is pretty clear what other leaders in Parliament asked the First Minister last week; and it is pretty clear that she said last week that I could do whatever made me happy but that she was not changing...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19: Next Steps (18 Jun 2020)

Jackson Carlaw: It is no exaggeration to say that lives and livelihoods will be on the line over the coming months. We are facing what is potentially the biggest economic downturn of our lives. We need the Government to respond with urgency and ambition, but that the Government is simply not showing that ambition. Let us examine the dilemma that is faced by working parents. Andrew McRae of the Federation of...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19: Next Steps (18 Jun 2020)

Jackson Carlaw: I note the limited relaxations that the First Minister announced; indeed, I welcomed every one of them a fortnight ago when they were announced elsewhere, to much derision from her. We need much more ambition from the Scottish Government. Children need it so they can get back to school and continue their education, and working parents need it so that they have a chance of staying in work. The...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19: Next Steps (18 Jun 2020)

Jackson Carlaw: I am glad to hear that the First Minister is engaging with all those organisations. I hope that she is not just talking to them, but is finally listening to them. She needs to listen, because she needs all the help that she can get. On one hand, the First Minister’s top economic adviser claims that the United Kingdom will be the worst-performing developed economy in the world and that...


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