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Morse in Scots folk tale bust-up.

A writer is fuming after English actor John Thaw was chosen to read his Scots folk tale to Commonwealth leaders.

Highland storyteller Seoras Macpherson says he was being lined up to read his tale with Sean Connery.

And he's blasted Prime Minister Tony Blair for English bias.

Organisers told Seoras that the Inspector Morse actor would read his story, Eyesight, after Connery had to pull out.

And Seoras says he was only invited to the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, in Edinburgh, after a threat to pull his work.

Yesterday, the writer, from Glendale, Skye, said: "I have nothing against John Thaw but I'm unhappy my story will not be read in a Scots accent.

"It seems to me that Tony Blair has a prejudice against Scots culture and this could be viewed as an insult to Scotland."

Downing Street claimed there had been a misunderstanding.

A spokeswoman said: "We are sorry if he is upset but Scotland has not been slighted."
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Oct 23, 1997
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