Wednesday, 23 December 2015

A Scholar of Bigotry

Former Ulster Unionist leader Tom Elliott has complained about an Irish-language primary being moved out of portakabins and into a disused building formerly occupied by a controlled secondary school.

His territorially tinged reasoning has been roundly criticised by Chris Donnelly at Slugger O'Toole, who points out that he has failed even to consider that the sustainability criteria might be different for primary and post-primary schools.

The intervention will also hardly go down well with current UUP leader Mike Nesbitt, who recently called for Unionists to tone down their attacks on Irish culture.

More worryingly, Elliott's non-arguments have been taken up in an editorial by the ever more stridently Unionist Belfast Telegraph, which headlines its opinion piece with a plea to "hear the reasoning" behind the Education Minister's decision to merge one school and move another into its building.

The odd thing here is that the headline suggests the newspaper may not have bothered trying to find out before going to print.

Not to take into account that one school is a primary is, well, an "elementary" error.

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