Wednesday, 16 December 2009
A report on the BBC website dated 15 December states that almost £2 million has been spent on Ulster Scots in 2009, information culled from an Assembly Question tabled by the SDLP's Pat Ramsey.
All well and good, except that when one digs out the written answer, one finds that the figure is actually only £1,363,255 and covers funding awarded to "various Ulster-Scots organisations" for "the promotion of Ulster-Scots culture, heritage and language". The usual mixtur-maxtur of Orangeism and dressing-up, in other words, although doubtless (we hope) with a wee bit of language thrown in.
The Blether Region would love £2 million to be spent on Scots in Ulster — the genuine variety, that is — but it doubts whether that has been the case here.