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Scottish MP's Accent Is So Thick It Needs Translating

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. Maybe you have a Scottish friend whose accent is so thick you joke that you need a translator. Well, just listen to Alan Brown, a member of the U.K. Parliament from Scotland.

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ALAN BROWN: Basically the leader of the house was just fascinated with how we did our (unintelligible) and he stated that for members of a Scottish national party...

GREENE: He is reportedly the first MP ever to be asked to provide translation for the official record. Now, Brown's been a good sport, though he said if his American wife and her family can understand him, why can't the people of Parliament? You're listening to MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.