Monday, 20 July 2009

"Politika Armilo"?

…de la Times:

David Mitchell, the comic who has recently discovered a previously unknown Scottish ancestry, has condemned as “absurd” the amount of public money being spent on projects to promote the Gaelic language.

The star of the cult sitcom Peep Show and That Mitchell and Webb Look, who was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, learned of his Celtic lineage after taking part in the BBC’s genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are?

With the help of researchers, he traced his paternal roots to Sutherland where his family were sheep farmers.

Now Mitchell has used his personal blog to claim that the language which his ancestors may have spoken is being used as a “political weapon” by politicians to whip up nationalist sentiment. He said he believed money being lavished on Gaelic would be better spent teaching other languages.

In a regular feature of his blog called
Soapbox, he said: “I am uneasy about spending too much public money or time on a language which is not now far above the level of a private code...

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