The most common argument among those who oppose the learning of the Irish language is that it has been politicised by republicans. And to back up that argument they threw about with gay abandon a line that vividly backs up their thesis: 'Every word of Irish spoken is another bullet fired in the struggle for Irish freedom.' It's hard to imagine a turn of phrase more likely to send you average Prod into paroxysms of fear and anger. But wait a minute. Just who was it that said these dread words? When were they said? Where? Why? The truth is that nobody knows. The line just seemed to appear from nowhere ... The line - colourful and inflammatory at the same time - has all the hallmarks of the Thiepval barracks Christmas press party , when blokes in green jumpers would feed sloshed journos with the most outrageous propaganda which would find its way unchecked on to the page and on to the airwaves and thus into the public discourse.
In other words, and to use a fine Ulster-Scots phrase that surely George would approve of, it's all a lot of ballix.'