Last month the Labour Councillor for the Upper Braes, John McLuckie questioned the council’s Gaelic Policy even though there is clear evidence the language is being taught in more forums than ever before.
Now Education Convenor, the man assigned with the responsibility of implementing council policies, Alan Nimmo, stunned the Education Committee by supporting his Labour colleague’s view of the language and effectively thumbing his nose at the council’s policy. The admission of Councillor Nimmo came at the end of a grilling from the SNP’s Education spokesperson, Gordon Hughes who said,
“The Labour / Tory coalition are a shambles. First we had the chairman of the committee abusing his own policy for the promotion of Gaelic in an embarrassing show of contempt for groups such as the pupils of Kinnaird Primary School whose Gaelic Group have won awards as well as merited praise for the quality of their work.
Cllr Nimmo should hang his head in shame and apologise to these young people for his insult.
If that comment wasn’t bad enough Alan Nimmo’s Tory partners claim that French and German were also dead languages brought rightful ridicule onto his head but what it does show is the unacceptable face of right wing British Nationalism. “
SNP Committee member and Depute Group Leader, Steven Jackson followed up by accusing the Labour member of being so wrapped up in trying to be British that all he is achieving is making himself out to be anti Scottish.
The final word went to one of the young Larbert High pupils who sit on the committee. Taking Nimmo to task she pointed out that she was learning Latin which was a dead language but found the lessons useful.