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Parliamentary Motions 2018

Motion S5M-10097: Emma Harper, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24/01/2018

Workshops on the Scots Language and History Marking Burns Night in Dumfries 

That the Parliament congratulates Dumfries and Annan museums on marking Robert Burns' birthday by holding a series of workshops for school children across Dumfries and Galloway to learn about the Scots language, which have been held between 16 and 23 January 2018; notes that the workshops were hosted with Dr Fred Freeman, whose background is in Scottish literature and history; understands that the workshops focused on Scots language and the energy of Burns’ compositions, and taught children about types of dance, such as hornpipes, jigs and reels; further understands that children discovered “mouth music” and “diddling” and also learned about how today’s language originates from centuries ago; celebrates the significance of the workshops being held in Dumfries, and that Robert Burns wrote almost 100 of his songs; further celebrates the importance of teaching children about the history of Burns' country, which influences their culture and language, and wishes Dumfries and Annan museums well with future projects.


Motion Number S5M-10991: Bill Kidd, Glasgow Anniesland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 13/03/18

Politics of Language

That the Parliament condemns Dame Louise Casey for her reported suggestion that the UK Government set a target date for everyone in the UK to speak English; considers that Dame Casey’s proposal for “everyone to speak one language” in the UK is inherently offensive to Scotland as a multi-cultural and multilingual society; further considers that this suggestion is an implicit threat to the Gaelic and Scots languages, as well as the other minority languages of the UK including Irish, Welsh, and Cornish, and also those communities where such languages as Urdu and Polish may be spoken; considers this proposal to be problematic as it implies that the other nations in the UK do not have equal status; condemns Mark Harper MP for welcoming what it believes is this chauvinistic suggestion, and reaffirms the Parliament’s commitment to protect and celebrate diversity.