Land Reform Meeting

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COMMUNITY TO GAIN NEW LAND POWERS.

More than 40 island residents gathered in the Village Hall on Tuesday, 23rd March, to hear all about new powers granted to them by the Scottish Government.  Land ownership is currently a burning issue on the island, as CCDC is trying to build much-needed social housing units for the 10 or so young people who are either entirely homeless or are inadequately housed.  Attempts to purchase land ...

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A Message from Mike Russell, MSP

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With regards to the upcoming Scottish Parliament election the Corncrake will  attempt to feature statements from different candidates. This month we have a short piece from current Argyll & Bute MSP, Michael Russell.

Five years ago, during the 2011 Scottish Parliament election, I spent a few hours campaigning in Colonsay.  I knocked a few doors, visited the shop and had a drink in the hotel bar.  Even that visit brought home to me that ...

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Putting The World To Rights

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What an extraordinary month!  There are 64 SNP members of the Scottish Parliament, out of 128 in all; then along came the General Election and 56 SNP members were elected to the UK Parliament, out of a possible 59.  From a purely objective point of view, it seems that Scotland is the most united part of the United Kingdom and that the other members should maybe watch and learn.
Amidst all the excitement, it had been learned that Hebridean Air ...

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The General Election

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Queen Elizabeth I kindly remarked “We have quite forgot the fart” to put at ease the courtier returning from some years in the wilderness.  Let us hope that the electorate can say as much, concerning the Moat, the Duck House, the Cash for Questions, the Iraq War, Weapons of Mass Destruction, the Banking Crisis.  After all, they all of them mean well and in every case could claim our mandate!  A big turnout will show that we have quite forgot.

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Politics

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In the “bad old days”, members of the House of Lords inherited their position because of some ancient ancestral merit.  As time went by, the descendants of the great and the good developed into a motley crew – some were rich, some poor; some gifted, some dull; some honest, some less honest etc.  In fact, by natural progression, the House of Lords came to reflect society at large, able to represent the population in a fairly random way but without ...

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Politics

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This is the Season of Goodwill so there are none included; in any case we will all get quite enough of politics in the next six months.  We should remember, however, that “the price of freedom is eternal vigilance”; in the past, and in many countries, people have not noticed the stealthy advance of movements of an ultimately extreme character until it is too late.  “Insular” is an OK word to describe an island, not the inhabitants.  Human beings are ...

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Politics

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Sadly, no time or space for a proper contribution this month, but as a member of the public (and in the spirit of The Skibbereen Eagle) your correspondent did notice a suggestion by Ms. Sturgeon, prospective leader of the SNP, that any decision by the UK government to leave the EC should be predicated upon the prior assent of the electorates of the constituent components of that United Kingdom.  In other words, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales should all vote, ...

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Colonsay may benefit from land reform proposals.

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Scottish environment minister Paul Wheelhouse has told people on Colonsay that they are in a position to benefit from new proposals aimed at speeding up the SNP’s land reform agenda.

The minister says an extension of the Land Fund to 2020 will allow communities like Colonsay time to consider their future options carefully.

The minister told the Corncrake: “By bringing forward a Land Reform Bill, before the end of the current term of the Scottish Parliament, we will take forward the direction ...

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News from our MSP – Michael Russell – land reform offer to the island

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MSP Michael Russell writes for the Corncrake: “Land Reform is back in the news again.    Paul Wheelhouse, the Environment Minister, told the Community Land Scotland Conference in early June that the Scottish Government was committed to continuing to expand the resource and the opportunity for communities to buy where they live and the Land Reform Group proposals, made to the Scottish Government in May, are likely to be influential in setting a future direction of travel for this most ...

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Scottish Government review on land reform backs more community ownership

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The long awaited final report of the Scottish Government Land Reform Review Group is recommending ways of helping the country’s communities, rural and urban, achieve the First Ministers Target of having 1,000,000 acres of land in community ownership by 2020.

The report is of great interest to the people of Colonsay, already proprietors of land on the island through the Colonsay Community Development Company – with aspirations to purchase more.

The report is short on details as to how this target may ...

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A word from our local MSP Michael Russell

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Politics is show business for ugly people opined Texas Political consultant Bill Miller in 1991.  He was , I am sure, merely echoing the distaste for organised politics that exists across the world and which sees politicians as noisy combatants in someone else’s war.

But the reality of Scotland today is that our political discourse has come alive and is including for more than just politicians.   I am in the process of holding village meetings right across Argyll & Bute to ...

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