Am I alone in thinking that giving Gaelic Education a national priority status is totally misguided? The unpalatable truth is that Gaelic is a dying language. There is no practical purpose in trying to 'save' the language, other than perhaps for tourism. I feel it is sentimentality, nostalgia and notions of patriotism which fuel attempts to revive the language. I'm not saying Gaelic should be eradicated or anything. I just think that with most urban schools unable to maintain a grass sports pitch, fears for literacy (in our first language) and numeracy, a recession which is slashing school budgets and let's face it, a whole host of more practical and relevant needs for learners in Scotland, there must be better things for taxpayers to be spending their money on.