A community group is to buy two Highland estates after securing the £2.9m price tag with hours to spare.But when we reach the fourth paragraph one notes a reference to the "Land Reform Act". My suspicions were raised just a wee bit at this point. All the way down in paragraph thirteen we get to the nitty-gritty:
It raised the money through a number of individuals and groups, including £1.6m from the Scottish Land Fund and £600,000 from Highland and Island Enterprise's (HIE) community land unit.So when we read about the "tremendous job in raising so much over a very short period" and "what the community has achieved in pulling together this amount of money" and that "The Assynt Foundation is to be congratulated on its commitment and determination in raising £2.9m" what has really happened is that at least 75% of this purchase (sic) has been made with other people's money. That's to say people like you and me who would love to go off to visit Assynt but are too busy working for a living as well as subsidising the lifestyle of others.
None of this would occur to the BBC of course because it is funded in a way that is remarkably similar to the Assynt "Community".