The Spirit of the Law

The inexplicable case of a public body confusing legal dogma with good sense

The Crofting Commission website says “The Crofting Commission regulates and promotes the interests of crofting in Scotland to secure the future of crofting.” Following the summary dismissal of two (or more) grazings committees; the foisting of grazings constables upon the dismembered grazings; the demolition of crofters’ characters; the contradiction and confusion, it is no wonder that crofters and those with crofting interests are standing agog and are asking “What is going on in the Crofting Commission?” It is not for me to make any judgement on the legalities of the fracas that has been taking place over the past month – crofting lawyers are willingly giving opinion – but I will attempt to explain the essence. Common grazings are the epitome of communal working, yet this is a spectacularly detrimental exercise in public relations by the Commission that threatens the very core of crofting communities. I wonder what the motive is.

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Article by SCF

25 May 2016

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