Sign of a dead language

The Scottish Government has already spent more than £2million on bilingual road signs and is planning to introduce more.

Scottish Gaelic is a language which was indistinguishable from the Gaelic spoken in Ireland, from where it was introduced, until the 13th century. By then it had developed into a distinct Scottish dialect. It has only ever been spoken by a tiny minority of Scots as it was unknown beyond the sparsely-populated Hebrides and Western Highlands.

This being so, it is difficult to understand why scarce funds are being used to alter sign posts and teach Gaelic in schools when it has only ever been a local dialect, not a national language. How short-sighted to teach children what is, to all intents and purposes, a dead language and one that they will probably never use when even Urdu and Mandarin would be of more use to them in the modern business world.

It is said that people get the government they deserve, but surely this cannot be the case in Scotland where we have a government that builds useless wind farms and arranges exorbitant subsidies to be paid to the landowners on whose land they are erected. The worst part of this is that the cost of these subsidies is added to our fuel bills.

Money spent on signs that few will be able to read and on schools to teach a dead language could surely be put to better use.

William W. Scott

St Baldred’s Road

North Berwick