According to this report, Scottish landowners are living in fear. On closer inspection, it appears that Oliver Russell, the husband of the owner of Ballindalloch Estate, made some remarks at a dinner party at which, presumably, the “journalist”, David Nicholson, was present. So no evidence that such opinions are held by more that one individual or that Scottish landowners as a class are living in fear. I have met a number of landowners in recent months and they all seem quite fine to me.

I have also had contact with a number of politicans in a position to do the kinds of things Mr Russell fears might happen and, believe me, I see no evidence that anything further is going to happen on the land reform front. If it were I think these politicians might have mentioned it to me.

Although, maybe, just maybe, they are hatching some kind of plan.

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