Friday, April 29, 2005
QUALITY RISES TO THE TOP
It appears that the leadership of Glasgow Labour & thus the Council, with responsibility for 2.5 billion of spending is maintaining it's well known & unique
THE Diary passed comment (April 27) on the leaflet produced for John Robertson, the Labour candidate for Glasgow North-west, in which it is claimed that "Spending on Education has went up 52%". The leaflet refers also to a "national minimim wage" and "record spending on tenant's homes". The election agent responsible for the content of this leaflet is Steven Purcell, the prospective leader of the Labour Group on Glasgow City Council.Congratulations Mr Bruce
Labour may indeed have introduced several new taxes by stealth but, clearly, syntax is not one of them.
Michael Bruce, 50 Millbrix Avenue, Glasgow.
Looking up my dictionary "it's" as possessive form was standard during the 19th C but not now (presumeably as shortening of "it is" became common). Unfortunately the OED isn't online for free but this from an advertisement for it "Oxford English Dictionary, ...
An excellent British English dictionary known for it's accurate and" means it is either legitimate, if archaic, or the OED sellers made a mistake too. I guess I am just a grammatical conservative.
Fairness to the next leader of Glasgow Council requires that I also point out that some of those promoting the Scots language insist that "spending has went up" is linguistic Scots. I think that is silly but then I think water is wet so what do I know?