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Wednesday 29 March 2006

Gaelic zealots openly flout local democracy

Yes, that's right. A Caithness councillor has correctly observed that there are few Gaelic speakers there so has suggested that planning permission be refused for the placement of Gaelic language road signs in that part of the Highlands.

Such arguments cut no ice whatsoever with Cllr Hamish Fraser , chairman of Highland Council's Gaelic select committee, who prefers to spout anti-democratic and dangerous nonsense such as this:

"In that area there are many Gaelic names and, I am sure, there is Gaelic spoken there. (How, exactly, is he 'sure' - presumably not on the basis of anything so mundane as solid research?) But at Highland Council we have a policy and we are agreed to that policy and that applies throughout the region. Areas cannot be selective." (Who, exactly, is he 'we' who have made this policy decision?)

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