Today was the deadline for submissions to the Land Reform Review Group...our good friend Andy Wightman (who inspired the name of this blog) began his submission thus:
I want to live in a country where a young couple needing a parcel of land for
a home can approach their local council (local - as in municipality, kommune) and be able
to secure (through the exercise of appropriate local political power) this most basic of
needs at minimal cost. I want to live in a country where, as one travels across it, one finds a well populated land full of energy and optimism.
I want to live in a land where class distinctions are no longer legitimised by the recognition of aristocratic titles and where the principle of equality underpins access to land rights. I want to live in a country where the ownership of land is contingent on paying a proper rent to the community and where speculation and unearned increments are ended. I want to live in a country where land cannot legally be held in private trusts immune from inheritance tax or in offshore tax havens beyond the reach of the tax authorities.
I want to live in a country that finally puts and end to the centuries of landed power and
returns the land to the people of Scotland - both men and women.
Read the full text of Andy's submission here