Northern Ireland Executive is now unique, as Scots go for ‘government’…

THE Scottish Executive has been rebranded as the Scottish Government (though the former remains the legal name). According to a BBC report, First Minister Alex Salmond said Northern Ireland was the only other country in the world where the word ‘executive’ was used to describe a layer of government. In addition, the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom will be removed from all the Scottish Government’s official documents and replaced with a saltire. The move came after a poll suggested that only 29% of people wanted the title Scottish Executive to remain. What do you think? Is ‘executive’ less meaningful than ‘government’, which is sometimes used? Should we ditch ‘Northern Ireland Executive’ for Northern Ireland Goverment (though why we don’t make more use of the more grammatically correct ‘Northern Irish’ is another question) or Government of Northern Ireland? Does our less powerful, more administrative executive even deserve to be called a ‘government’?

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