|"This bill gives clear recognition to the language as an official language, commanding equal respect with the English language. |
"There is a real danger that the interpretation by the courts could result in a meaning of the status that this parliament does not intend and could not be delivered.
"Using the phrase equal validity in the bill carries a significant risk that the court could rule that the bill should result in the right to demand the use of the language in a wider range of circumstances than is intended."
It is right to support the promotion of Gaelic as a living language, in my view, but it would be completely out of proportion to give it a legal status equivalent to English, given that only slightly over one per cent of the population of Scotland describe themselves as speakers of Gaelic.