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Trouble for Paisley over Ulster Scots.

THE DUP'S Ian Paisley Jnr was under fire last night after he claimed Ulster Scots was not a language but just "bad English".

The recently-elected DUP MP for North Antrim, who took over his father's

seat, told a TV comedy programme about Northern Ireland: "Where I think most people crack up is whenever some people say it was actually a language in its own right. It's not. It's just bad English."

Gaffe-prone Mr Paisley, 43, was talking during a section about accents on BBC One's The Trouble With Northern Ireland.

But Ulster Unionist peer Lord Laird, who has campaigned for the language, which is now officially recognised, accused Paisley of being "incorrect".

He said: "It seems he was entering into the spirit of the programme by trying to be amusing because, with the deepest respect, he's totally incorrect.

"It's regarded by the EU, the Irish Government and the British Government as a language and that's good enough for me."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 21, 2010
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