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Wednesday 2 February 2005

Gaelic Language Bill likely to pass

The Scottish Parliament is likely to pass the Gaelic Language Bill, giving Gaelic official recognition and requiring all public bodies to create a language policy.

Now I have absolutely no objection to this in principle. Indeed I can see that politicially and psychologically it may be a 'sound move'. But my over-riding feeling is that it will result in large expenditures of public money to create a language infrastructure throughout Scotland for the estimated 1.3 per cent of Scottish residents who speak the language. Large parts of the country have very few Gaelic speakers - I cannot imagine there are too many living in the Borders, for example. It's the usual Labour/LibDem soundbite politics, sadly, with the taxpayers (aka suckers) picking up the tab.

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