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Meeting of the Parliament 18 December 2014 : Thursday, December 18, 2014
Jackson Carlaw (West Scotland) (Con)

I have to say with all candour that I thought that we had approved this appointment when we dealt with the previous series of ministerial appointments. I can understand that there may have been an oversight on the part of the First Minister. She might have been slightly distracted. After all, at the time she was in the midst of her rock-Scot-nat-chick stadia tour, campaigning to become a cult. I watched the tour with interest, because one of her MSP colleagues tweeted pictures of himself high up in the gallery at the Hydro in Glasgow. I say to the First Minister that I thought that that was so cruel. How could Elvis be in the building but not be allowed to sing? It is tough, Chic—it is tough.

Of course we wish Aileen Campbell every happiness and a very successful addition to the family in due course.

One of the questions that arises from Fiona McLeod’s appointment is, “Who is going to be the official water bearer for the Government front bench?” I hope that some gender balance is to be brought to that responsibility. Joe FitzPatrick looks to me like a champion water bearer, and I think that the responsibility should be formally allocated to him. I hope that we do not have to have an appointments session here in the Parliament to confirm it, but that would be nice.

I wish Fiona McLeod every success for the time that she is in office. She has been appointed as a temporary acting minister. Not necessarily—shine, Fiona, shine! If she does, I pledge this: the Scottish Conservatives will lodge a motion for debate with an “X Factor”-style vote on who gets to stay. I know that the Presiding Officer is looking for new procedures in the Parliament, and here is an opportunity to give Parliament that democratic extension of voice and the opportunity to say who should stay and who should go. I hope that we are able to embrace such a proposal.

I wish Aileen Campbell and Fiona McLeod every success, and the Government, colleagues and friends in Parliament a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.



Meeting of the Parliament 09 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Jackson Carlaw

Naturally, I would: the Mary Berry skills of the average Scot are exemplary.

I must say that the announcement of Ross Finnie’s appointment had passed me by—I missed it. Some of us on the Conservative seats in the chamber had thought that the Deputy Prime Minister might have seen fit to ennoble Mr Finnie, but instead he saw in colleagues from past sessions of this Parliament talents that some of us had not fully appreciated.

Thankfully, Mr Finnie has now found favour with the Scottish Government, which has given him a useful occupation. I thought that he might have joined us in the gallery today, but obviously the meter is not running yet. Nonetheless, I wish him every success in exercising his responsibilities. He is a serious player and he will, given his experience, be a first-class appointment. Those basal tones that have been lost to us here, which used to revive debates at that late hour in the afternoon as they boomed forth, will no doubt be well founded in his new role.

I hope that I do not sound too irreverent, because the bill is an important piece of legislation. As Nanette Milne said, the very fact that there were so few amendments underpins the broad cross-party consensus that exists.

In my years in the motor trade, we used to carry out customer satisfaction surveys. It was interesting, because people in the west of Scotland were never 100 per cent satisfied with anything, but we had to phone them up and tell them that they were, because sums of money depended on whether people were completely satisfied. I have always been very suspicious of those surveys ever since.

I bring that experience to bear on the issue of the subjectivity that will underpin fixed-penalty notices. It is very important that, in the forthcoming secondary legislation, there will be a common standard and understanding with regard to how fixed-penalty notices will be applied and the criteria that will underpin them. I hope, on a serious note, that the minister will ensure that that is the case, because many small businesses could find themselves being adversely affected if variable and subjective criteria are applied.

Nonetheless, I very much welcome the bill. I know that the minister will be grateful that it has not been the most difficult bill that she has inherited and has had to take through Parliament, and we look forward to supporting it in a few minutes’ time.



Meeting of the Parliament 09 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Jackson Carlaw

I will—as long as it is not about an alternative brand of potato scone.



Meeting of the Parliament 09 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Jackson Carlaw (West Scotland) (Con)

I was at my local bakery a couple of weeks ago; Mrs Carlaw and I are quite partial to its potato scones. Other, inferior, potato scones are no doubt available elsewhere. I was there during the local school’s lunch hour, which was quite an eye-opener. One pupil ordered a mutton pie and haggis in a roll. That was a combination that I had not hitherto heard of. The pupil ordered sauce—tomato and brown—and demolished the whole thing in short order. That made me think about the underlying obesity issue. One does not want to be po-faced about the occasional treat; I have had a mutton pie from time to time, and I like haggis, although I have never had the two combined in a roll, with two types of sauce.

It is easy for us to be intellectual and high-falutin’ about the responsibilities of food standards Scotland in relation to better diet. As we as a Parliament have found in grappling with many other cultural issues, such habits are deep-seated. It is quite a tall order—but nonetheless necessary, over time—that we address significantly within the broader health portfolio what we now understand to be an emerging crisis for the health service. When the Parliament was founded, we would not have included that issue on the agenda for future legislation.



Meeting of the Parliament 25 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Jackson Carlaw

Nicola has said yes.

Annabelle Ewing and Aileen McLeod have—how shall I put this?—worked very hard for their appointments, and I congratulate them.

There are two masterstrokes of political diplomacy in the reshuffle, on which I congratulate the First Minister. The first is her disinterring of the former minister Maureen Watt. That sends a signal to all those ex-ministers on the back benches that they can live in hope, that there is a chance and that, if they stay loyal, the First Minister might be kind next time around.

In addition, of course, slim, trim new health guru Jamie Hepburn gives hope to that back-bench group known as the lost causes—they know who they are—who can also now see that there is still a chance that their time might come.

Nearly every woman in the SNP has been given a chance in Government. Over the weekend, I wondered what Christine Grahame, Joan McAlpine, Christina McKelvie and Sandra White might have said or done. I was quite bewildered until the First Minister’s official spokesman issued a qualifying release that told us why Sandra was not in the Government. I will not repeat the language, Presiding Officer—you and I are demure, shy and retiring. Mr Macintosh and I have never heard language like it, although it might be appropriate in Bute house, in Whitecraigs or in Newton Mearns.

Nor has there been any place for Jim Eadie, Mark McDonald or Dennis Robertson. I am especially sorry that no place has been found for Dennis Robertson, as when Nicola Sturgeon pursues her dog-whistle policies, she would at least have got one bark of approval.

I hope that Marco Biagi, who is sincere and thoughtful as an MSP, will be sincere and thoughtful as a minister.

The last time I made such a speech, the First Minister—the then Deputy First Minister—was kind enough to say that I had made no substantive points whatever, which I freely admit is my remit today. Tomorrow, I think, is when we will see the Government’s programme and be able to respond to the substance of it. However, I note that, in 2007, there were five cabinet secretaries and 10 junior ministers, whereas now there are nine and 13. As Jackie Baillie said, we want to see whether they are worth it, and the next few months will prove whether that is the case.

Finally, I offer our unreserved congratulations to Mr Swinney, as Deputy First Minister. He is an SNP loyalist to his boots, but across all parties and, I think, wider Scotland he is regarded as a decent, committed and understated man. His personal efforts on behalf of multiple sclerosis, which I and others have been happy to support, are testament to that, and we certainly wish him well.

I conclude with a final observation about gender balance, which has been mentioned several times this afternoon. In a back-handed compliment to that huge Hollywood blockbuster “Three Men and a Little Lady”, this Parliament is now fronted by three ladies and a little Willie Rennie. [Laughter.] On that note, I wish the new ministerial team well in their endeavours.



Meeting of the Parliament 25 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Jackson Carlaw (West Scotland) (Con)

I read at the weekend that yes-ism is now a new, emerging religion. That gives a whole new context to ministerial appointments, does it not?

Some have referred to our First Minister as Margaret without the humour, which I do not think is altogether the compliment that it may at first sound like. The previous most senior woman in politics in Scotland was Helen Liddell, who was known as Stalin’s granny. Perhaps Stalin’s niece is a soubriquet that the First Minister will look to. I hope, though, that she will hope for slightly more than the Beyoncé of Scottish politics, which a gushing acolyte described her as at the weekend.

In discussing Nicola Sturgeon’s first Cabinet, I want to acknowledge immediately the service of Kenny MacAskill and Mike Russell. At times, we have fundamentally disagreed with them but, in the case of Mr MacAskill in particular, I have always believed that the views and decisions that he came to were motivated by sincerity on his part that they were correct. I respect that, even though I disagreed with his decisions at the time.

More surprising, perhaps, is the fact that Mr Neil finds himself still in the Cabinet. After all, he must have realised that there would be consequences, given that he had briefed the media continually for the past two years that he had been tremendously successful in clearing up the mess left by his predecessor. Nonetheless, he is still in the Cabinet.

I congratulate Shona Robison and Angela Constance. I have shadowed Shona Robison previously, and I know that she comes to the health portfolio with a tremendous amount of experience. I hope that she will take forward the agenda that Alex Neil was pursuing of seeking to find a cross-party consensus on the enormously difficult challenges that we have debated many times in the chamber. She and Angela Constance will be allowed to bring joined-up government to bear: I hope that we see the emergence of a new curriculum subject of the dangers to public health of wearing totally inappropriate footwear; we must wait and see.

I am delighted by Keith Brown’s appointment. I have found him to be very courteous and willing to assist and listen carefully. I am tremendously impressed that he has managed not to be put off by Looney Tune commands whispered off stage, if I can put it that way. Mr Brown and Ms Constance stood in the deputy leadership election and reaped the rewards. Therefore, Mr Brown can look Mr Mackay and Mr Yousaf in the face and say, “Who dares wins, boys.” After all, those two had their famous canteen, Granita-like pact, whereby they thought that they would sit this election out in the expectation that the rewards would be theirs. My advice to them is: “Start plotting now, boys; it is only 18 months till your next chance comes around.”

Michael Matheson has been a very diligent and straightforward politician, and I am delighted that he has been promoted.

Roseanna Cunningham has had the answer—in the nick of time—to the question that has been put by the Beatles so many times. She now knows the answer to the question, “Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m 64?”

Members: Oh!



Public Petitions Committee 11 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Jackson Carlaw

I echo that. When we took evidence, we were largely assuaged by the cabinet secretary’s assurance that he had instructed that a moratorium be put in place. He explained the limitations on him, but I thought that the response to the question that was put in the chamber was somewhat cavalier in its generality. I think that we had expected something a little more absolute, based on the assurances that had been given to us.

We should acknowledge the public recognition that the petitioners have been given for the work that they have done. I believe that, as a consequence of what they have done, Westminster’s Department of Health has also taken an interest in the issue. As we continue to review the petition, it will be interesting to note what that department’s conclusions have been and to consider whether that might affect the position that we adopt and pursue in Scotland.



Public Petitions Committee 11 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Jackson Carlaw

Since we previously discussed the petition, we have written again to the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities, Nicola Sturgeon—very soon to be she who must be obeyed—and she replied saying:

“We have considered very carefully the suggestion that the airport be renamed Robert Burns International. On balance we have decided that there are strong commercial reasons to retain the Glasgow Prestwick name but the importance of recognising the rich legacy of Burns is accepted.”

The Government, which now owns the airport, has said that it will not change the name, and the management committee that it has appointed to run the airport has concluded that it will not change the name. I therefore cannot see what the committee believes is yet to be achieved and so, whatever the strength of opinion is that underpins the petition, it is clear that it will proceed no further. On that basis, although individuals will pursue the matter, we could not have stronger or clearer grounds on which to close the petition.



Public Petitions Committee 11 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Jackson Carlaw

I am content at this stage.



Public Petitions Committee 11 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Jackson Carlaw

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Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

S4M-11901.3 Neil Findlay: Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce—As an amendment to motion S4M-11901
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S4M-11901.1 Mary Scanlon: Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce—As an amendment to motion S4M-11901
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YesDefeated

S4M-11830.2 John Swinney: The Smith Commission—As an amendment to motion S4M-11830 in the name of Ru
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Not VotedCarried

S4M-11830 Ruth Davidson: The Smith Commission—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Sm
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Not VotedCarried

Amendment 6 moved by Dr Richard Simpson on motion S4M-11826 Maureen Watt: Food (Scotland) Bill—That
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YesDefeated

S4M-11825.3 Claire Baker: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the n
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YesDefeated

S4M-11825.2 Jamie McGrigor: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the
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S4M-11825.1 Tavish Scott: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the n
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YesDefeated

S4M-11825 Richard Lochhead: End of Year Fish Negotiations—That the Parliament welcomes the successfu
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AbstainCarried

S4M-11763.3 Margaret Burgess: Private Sector Rent Reform—As an amendment to motion S4M-11763 in the
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Not VotedCarried

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