Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Distasteful Polemics

The Daily Mail has launched an astonishing attack on Gaelic-medium schooling in Edinburgh, even going so far as to link the local council's funding of the popular Bunsgoil Taobh na Pàirce with the tragic death of a first-year student when a changing-room wall collapsed at the city's Liberton High.

Internet commentators have been quick to point out that there is in fact no excess cost to providing Gaelic-medium education, since Bunsgoil Taobh na Pàirce is fully subscribed.

It may be the case that the Daily Mail's editorial team believes that Gaelic is a nationalist shibboleth and a legitimate target as the independence referendum campaign becomes increasingly polarised. However, for every Scot who believes Gaelic's significance to be national, there is another who believes the language to be a regional or ethnic affair, leaving the Daily Mail piece looking like another prejudiced attack upon a minority, something in which the newspaper unfortunately has some form.

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