John MacKintosh FRAgS
Address given at the SCF Annual gathering in October 2011
Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen
We have just come through a period of reflection on crofting with the consultation on the Shucksmith Report (1) at its core. One of the issues that have hung about crofting for a long time is that of tenancy versus ownership. Frankly I have never heard a convincing argument that this issue should be discussed at all. Each and every crofter should have the right to choose whether they wish to be a tenant or an owner according to how they wish to develop their crofting land and the activity of crofting on it. I am pleased to say that is now the case but the issue may have been better dealt with by deleting the terms from the legislation altogether.
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