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Lèomhann Ceilteach - Glasgow/Glaschu
I agree with the general principles of the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act. I fully support the establishment of Bòrd na Gàidhlig on a statutory basis. However, while I believe that the Bill would be better for the inclusion of a clause which guarantees that Gaelic and English are treated on the basis of equal validity, I fully understand that in the current political climate, that the current bill, as it stands, is the best option available for securing the future of the language. I feel that the proposed arrangements regarding ministerial control over the Bòrd are commonsense. The Bòrd must be given autonomy to go about its business in a reasonable and conciliatory way, whilst being subject to the same restraints that all such public bodies are under. To do otherwise would, at one extreme, fatally weaken the Bòrd and in turn, the Language, and at the other, be perceived as allowing the Bòrd to ride roughshod over areas of Scotland with a weak Gaelic heritage. The Gaels understand what it is like to have another culture forced upon them, they would hate to do it to others. Allowing the Bòrd to issue guidance as regards Gaelic education is also a commonsense approach. I believe this will complement and co-ordinate, rather than contradict the, for the most part, excellent efforts of Local Authorities. Of course it would be nice if the Bòrd received a more generous amount of funding, but as stated earlier the current political climate does not allow for such an occurrence. Hopefully, in time, as Bòrd na Gàidhlig goes about its business and the demand and interest in Gaelic increases, then the financial situation will improve hand in hand with the cultural and linguistic ones. Once again I would like to state that I agree with the general principles of this bill and would not like to see it fatally weakened. Suas leis a’ Ghaidhlig.