He’s a 22-year-old Labour councillor from Dumfriesshire who, judging from his Twitter feed, genuinely believes in social justice.
And it is this passion, he says, which has prompted him to question policies his own party introduced to support a minority: Gaelic speakers.
“My tweet was not naivety or immaturity.” Professor Mc Leod said last night: "It's a long-running thing that's getting more prominent about an idea that Gaelic is not a real priority.
It's not part of a Labour agenda about promoting social justice and it's depressing to see that." Referring to Councillor Wilson's Tweet, he said: "The idea of the 2005 Act was that we were going to see Gaelic given a higher profile but now, Labour seem critical of a bilingual logo.
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At a time when the party is mired in claims of anti-semitism, Wilson Mc Leod, Professor of Gaelic at Edinburgh University, said Labour is on a “negative trajectory” when it comes to minority languages.Such ultra-unionist voices, some clearly influenced by the political language wars of Northern Ireland, rarely stop to think that the Gaels they insult might well have voted No back in 2014. But the time might have come for it defend its own record on Gaelic, which trumps that of the SNP.Readers’ comments: You are personally liable for the content of any comments you upload to this website, so please act responsibly.I fail to see how Gaelic language initiatives implemented by any party achieve any of this.“Only 0.7 per cent of people in Dumfries and Galloway know any Gaelic, that figure includes those who know only a basic level.