Comment posted Are tenant farmers, let down by bad law, also snagged in politics? by Bob Chicken.
Mairi – e-mail me (email@example.com) and we will start once the election is over.
Actually, anyone else interested in getting involved should also feel free to contact me at that address.
Bob Chicken also commented
- Mairi, that blog was heart-rending. It is not the first sad tale that I have heard since learning of the inequities suffered by tenant farmers. I am only sorry that I didn’t pick up the issue earlier.
Since newsroom has published this piece I have had calls from other tenant farmers telling me about the treatment that they get at the hands of landowners (many of whom are absentee owners). The system of tenancy, as practiced in Scotland, is positively medieval.
In many cases tenants don’t speak out because they are in fear of their livelihoodds and homes as a result of the power that the Gill judgements has given to the wealthy landowners.
My party tried hard to correct this situation in 2003. If the drafting of the act is wrong I can only apologise on their behalf and say that I, and others in the party, will campaign vigorously to get the reforms, that are so clearly needed, onto the statute books as soon as possible.
Once the election is over, whether I win or lose, I will start campaigning to get this matter treated with the urgency which it so obviously needs
Recent comments by Bob Chicken
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Webcraft – Surely it was direct rule from Holyrood that caused the problem in the first place!
- Loch Fyne Whiskies sold
A great pity that Richard is selling up. He has done a terrific job with Loch Fyne Whiskies and his choice of stock has brought a lot of pleasure to many of us!
- Care Accolade 2013 recognition for Argyll and Bute Council Community Dementia Team
Well done the Dementia Team – thoroughly deserved recognition for all your efforts.
- Campbeltown IS to get the white elephant ferry route
One of the lessons we all learned from the last Ballycastle service is that it’s important to develop the business to business links.
After the service had stopped, and prior to a 2nd attempt to get it going again, a survey was done with businesses on both sides of the North Channel. It was found that, despite a complete lack of encouragement to business trade, many links had been forged and that a surprising number of businesses had started trading on the other side.
It was also found that the short and sporadic seasonal nature of the service discouraged many traders from making any commitments. A number told us that they would be happy to trade across the water if the service ran on an 11 or 12 month basis.
There were also a lot of agricultural ties between the two sides. None of this was exploited by the ferry company. Indeed, one got the impression that they were actually anti-business.
If this service is to prosper there needs to be a concerted effort to make these vital business to business links with the mainland. Perhaps this is a good opportunity for HIE to lend a helping hand (and some serious seedcorn funding) to encourage local businesses to make a start.
Tourism is, of course, important, it provides the the icing for the cake. However it is the day to day trade links that will make this service work and, hopefully expand from the, less than generous, 3 days/week to the 5 to 7 day service that is really needed here in Kintyre.
- Struan Lodge closure proposal and costs confusion – have we not seen this before?
“When all of this unravelled through the dedicated researches of SRSN and of the newly formed and effective Argyll Rural Schools Network”
So,who is going to take up the sword, so effectively wielded by these bodies for the primary schools, on behalf of the old, the poor and the vulnerable as they are marched into the firing line?
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