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Little faith in BBC 'Ulster Scots' website

Amid the uproar about political and religious interference in the scientific output of Ulster Museum by the Minister for Culture, the fact of similar interference in the cultural output of the BBC has gone unnoticed.

I refer to the recently launched website www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/saintpatrick and, in particular, that part which is allegedly in Ulster Scots.

It is clear from the home-made spellings, synthetic dialogue and imported Scoticisms that the format has been dictated by the politico-evangelical movement, which cannot speak Ulster Scots.

They are promoting something fraudulent and calling it 'Ulster-Scots'. The problem for the BBC in going along with this politico-religious agenda in producing linguistic material is that it undermines confidence in the totality of the BBC's output of learning material in all languages.

BRIAN MACLOCHLAINN

Glenarm, Co Antrim

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