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Old 14th November 2010, 19:42
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Think about it: over 100 years ago this guy (a native Scots-Gaelic speaker, incidentally) who reached an exalted rank in Victoria's imperial army recommended the following policy to kill Afrikaans, the language of the Boers. Here is what he said shortly before he shot himself:

"There is the case of the Highlands of Scotland as a parallel. The almost impossible was done there. I look for the future to education. It is through the young idea that we must succeed in South Africa. English must be the language there. It may seem hard to kill, so to speak, a nation by making another language compulsory, but it is a sure way and the best way. Nothing but English should be taught, and then the children would think in English and act as English children."

Given that his fame was especially high in his native Scotland after his crucial part in winning the Battle of Omdurman it is small wonder that no native Scots-Gaelic speakers exist anywhere near Dingwall, Scotland, today. Such was his influence.

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Old 15th January 2011, 17:28
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Think about it: over 100 years ago this guy (a native Scots-Gaelic speaker, incidentally) who reached an exalted rank in Victoria's imperial army recommended the following policy to kill Afrikaans, the language of the Boers. Here is what he said shortly before he shot himself:

"There is the case of the Highlands of Scotland as a parallel. The almost impossible was done there. I look for the future to education. It is through the young idea that we must succeed in South Africa. English must be the language there. It may seem hard to kill, so to speak, a nation by making another language compulsory, but it is a sure way and the best way. Nothing but English should be taught, and then the children would think in English and act as English children."

Given that his fame was especially high in his native Scotland after his crucial part in winning the Battle of Omdurman it is small wonder that no native Scots-Gaelic speakers exist anywhere near Dingwall, Scotland, today. Such was his influence.

Hector MacDonald - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Its why English can legitemately be viewed as an imperialist language. whatever benefitted the running of the empire, was seen as a sine qua non for the population under it, and they themselves were turned through the machinations of unionism into the worker bees for its damaging effects.
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Old 15th January 2011, 22:19
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Fancy that, what a perceptive, original and concise statement. Yet another pearl from the font of knowledge!

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Old 15th January 2011, 22:26
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C'mon, Wullie
Stop tweaking the tails of the numpties...
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Its why English can legitemately be viewed as an imperialist language. whatever benefitted the running of the empire, was seen as a sine qua non for the population under it, and they themselves were turned through the machinations of unionism into the worker bees for its damaging effects.
Seemed to work pretty well too, a quarter of the world's peoples in "pink on the map" countries. How cool was that ?
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Seemed to work pretty well too, a quarter of the world's peoples in "pink on the map" countries. How cool was that ?
And yet not even 10% of them were English . Sort of blows a bluddy great hole in the langage is culture argument eh
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And yet not even 10% of them were English . Sort of blows a bluddy great hole in the langage is culture argument eh
Surely does !
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