RENOWNED WRITER AND SOCIAL CRITIC ALLAN MASSIE IS SPEAKING OUT AGAINST THE CULTURAL WAR WAGED ON SCOTLAND!!!!!
My father, in his old age, was asked if he would be wearing a kilt at a grandson’s wedding. He replied, “I’m a Lowlander. I’ve never worn a kilt in my life”. He had been born and brought up in Aberdeenshire, lived there till he went to Malaya as a very young man, and, like most Lowlanders of his generation, had no time for [THE LEPRECHAUN LANGUAGE]. He thought it nonsensical for public money to be spent keeping the language on a life-support machine. I suspect that even today, despite the pro-Gaelic propaganda to which we are subjected, and despite, or perhaps because of, the proliferation of signs in [LEPRECHAUN], a majority of Lowland Scots would agree with him, believing that public money spent on [LEPRECHAUN] might be better spent elsewhere – or, of course, not spent at all.
By 1755, 23 per cent of Scots were [LEPRECHAUN] speakers, in 1901 4.5 per cent, in 2001 1.2 per cent. The decline may have been arrested, partly as a result of the establishment of a handful of [LEPRECHAUN] -medium primary schools (though there are fewer than 1,000 children in them), but it is in the highest degree improbable that the language will recover even to the level it was at in 1901. Moreover, a fair number of [LEPRECHAUN] speakers then were monolingual, while others habitually used it at home. This is no longer the case. [LEPRECHAUN] ’s survival will be as a hobby language.
Now the hypocrisy is officially encouraged. Successive Scottish governments, eager to emphasise our distinct national identity, have made [LEPRECHAUN] a key feature of our difference from England, and have fostered the pretence that we are a bilingual nation. We aren’t.
To subscribe to the official view that we are a bilingual English-and-[LEPRECHAUN] speaking nation is to indulge in cant. It is to practise intellectual dishonesty. The Irish historian, journalist and politician, the late Conor Cruise O’Brien was critical of the reverence in which Irish [LEPRECHAUN] was held in the [DUBLIN REGIME]: “Holding high esteem for a language you don’t actually use while holding the one you do actually use in low esteem is,” he wrote, “to be in a parlous mental and moral condition”.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT IN SPEAKING OUT IN THIS COURAGEOUS MANNER, ALLAN MASSIE IS ALSO DEFENDING WORKERS FROM HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENTS WHICH THEM ONES HAVE BEEN CREATING IN SCOTLAND, AS WELL AS IN BRITISH ULSTÈR!!!!