UK in the ‘naughty corner’ on Celtic languages and Scots

The Council of Europe has criticised UK minority languages policy although it has described the revival of Manx by the government here as ‘impressive and enthusiastic’.The section on Manx ascribes the responsibility for its promotion to the UK which may come as a surprise to some here as the promotion and development of the language has taken place domestically.The link to the full report is here:

https://search.coe.int/cm/Pages/result_details.aspx?ObjectId=0900001680948544#_Toc7705764

There is a report on the criticisms of the UK in the Guardian at this link:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/sep/08/uk-accused-of-failing-to-promote-minority-languages-cornish-irish-ulster-scots

The 47 member Council of Europe often confused with the smaller European Union is the most authoritative body in Europe and has it headquarters at Strasbourg in France.

Image: Palais de l’Europe Council of Europe HQ – Inset: Bunscoill Ghaelgagh St Johns Isle of Man

Bernard Moffatt

Assistant General Secretary Celtic League (8th September 2020)

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