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Comment posted First Minister announces ‘radical rethink’ on land reform by Dr Douglas McKenzie.

But Bob, how on earth do you expect land reform to be given the necessary political and administrative priority if Scotland remains part of the UK?

I have never noticed much interest in Westminster for land reform and it is highly unlikely to ever be a priority for the Tory Government.

Dr Douglas McKenzie also commented

  • But, to be fair to Bob, there is a lot that the devolved government can (and has) done on the subject of land reform and so his point is more that the topic would be more crowded out in an independent Parliament than in the devolved Parliament.

    However, I think that land reform would actually have a higher priority in an independent Parliament as it goes to the heart of what being independent is really about. It could also be tackled without reference to UK interests. We only need to look at the continuing problem of the Crown Estates to see how the dead hand of Union restricts our ability to pursue meaningful reforms.

    For John: I completely agree that reconnection with the land is essential but that is very difficult to achieve when the people who live on the land don’t own it and those who do own it often live far away (or are difficult to trace). Communities tend to have very different perspectives over land usage than major land owners.

    That’s why we need the politicians.

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