The decision by Scottish Ministers (Minster for Environment and Climate Change, Paul Wheelhouse) to award the lease for hunting rights on Raasay to an absentee tenant rather than to negotiate an extension to the very successful operation run by Raasay crofters continues to make waves and led to a hopeful conversation on twitter this morning.
It is also worth recalling a commitment given by Scottish Ministers as part of the Land reform programme on 20 August 1999 to set an example of their own estates. The 7th commitment states that Ministers and officials shall “Take account of the local community perspective when considering offers for sporting rights on the Scottish Minister’s Estates.
And the Free Press ran an excoriating editorial.
The BBC published an excellent report on the story.
There is already a great blues track on the topic (by Asleep at the Wheel – house)
Dave Ross of the Herald wrote an excellent blog on the topic.
Free Church Ministers on Skye have written to MSPs on the issue.
Scottish Parliament Motion S4M-05704 Raasay Crofters Association
And, this morning, ThinkScotland published an impassioned piece by Hugh Andrew.
In response to which, this morning there ocurred the following exchange on twitter
@andywightman on a theme: "Cha choir an t-each glan a chur uige" The willing horse should not be spurred…..
— Paul Wheelhouse MSP (@PaulWheelhouse) February 23, 2013