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July 25, 2023

Be radical, Minister

An optimist might be forgiven for thinking that the Scottish Government currently has at its disposal a potent mix of policy and legislative opportunities with which to make a decent fist of tackling all the big social, economic and environmental challenges that face us.  But the naysayers and apologists for the status quo are a powerful force. Peter Peacock, himself a former Government Minister, understands better than most the pressures that the new Land Reform Cab Sec will be under not to pursue anything too radical in the forthcoming Bill. In this paper, he sets out precisely why she should.

Peter Peacock

Peter Peacock’s opinion paper sets out a discussion on what he believes is the need for the Scottish Government to be more radical in the forthcoming draft Land Reform Bill. He convincingly sets out a central challenge to all of us: “Is Scotland to finally act or eternally air our shared national grievance that so few own so much land?”

Essential truths in land reform is a paper by Peter Peacock, a former Highland Council Leader, MSP and Cabinet Secretary and our first Policy Director. We published this paper today 26th June 2023 as part of an ongoing series of papers by independent writers, academics and commentators to promote understanding and stimulate debate on issues relevant to the land debate in Scotland.

See full paper – Here