Do not quote Tax-payers Alliance on Gaelic and Scots without Caveat

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This year, Gaelic and Scots Languages and their speakers in the Scottish and UK Press. This coverage has included a long list of outdated and offensive tropes which seek to reduce these communities and the status of these languages in public life. They regularly feature mistruths about public spending, public opinion or the history and contemporary status of the languages in Scotland. This biased reporting of Gaelic and Scots in the media must cease.

Among those regularly quoted in the media on minoritised language issues are the Tax-payers Alliance, an organisation with a long history of xenophobic anti-Gaelic and -Scots rhetoric and completely lacking in any expertise in the field they are quoted on.

In signing, we request that Tax-payers Alliance are no longer quoted on Gaelic and Scots matters without caveat and that, instead, academics in the field of Scottish Gaelic and Scots and Gaelic- and Scots-interest organisations, replete with the necessary knowledge and expertise, are instead approached for comment to be reported in the press and online. 

These organisations include, but are not limited to:

Bòrd na Gàidhlig
Comann na Gàidhlig
An Comunn Gàidhealach
Fèisean nan Gàidheal
The Scots Lnaguage Associe
The Scots Language Centre
Misneachd
Oor Vyce