Then they just made him the scapegoat, didn’t they?
If he held the train, they would make him the scapegoat to appease the anger of Mr. Chalmers; if he sent the train through and it did not reach the western portal of the tunnel, they would put the blame on his incompetence; they would claim that he had acted against their orders, in either case.
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She is a convenient scapegoat because she was chosen by the last administration.
The press will continue to investigate unless we designate a scapegoat.