Alex Massie

Calling a spade by its proper name

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James Fallows is right: it's Burma, not Myanmar. The generals can call their country whatever they like; we're under no obligation to follow their lead.

Equally, it's Bombay not Mumbai, Madras not Chennai etc etc. Do you plan to visit Venezia or Munchen?  Of course you don't, so Venice and Munich it is.

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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