During a meeting at Prestwick golf club the cross-party golf club heard complaints of dogs fouling greens, shoppers taking shortcuts across fairways and about altercations between walkers and tourists playing golf.Mr Morrison is a member of the Labour party - you know, the people who brought in the new public access law. He's not exactly a fan of property rights, as we can read here:
Alastair Morrison, the MSP who chairs the group, said: "There has been a great increase in the number of incidences where people have not been accessing golf courses responsibly."
In these writings I've also quoted Alasdair Morrison MSP. Speaking around the same time as Wilson's magnificent speech, he said: "Notice has now been served on rapacious landowners who have abused wealth and privilege. An unstoppable reforming process has begun."So, the "unstoppable reforming process" hasn't quite worked out as its proponents expected, has it? People aren't "accessing golf courses responsibly". Of course not. If you spend your life proclaiming that private property is a wicked evil, to be opposed at every turn, this is exactly the outcome that you'll achieve.
Note this too:
Helen Todd of Ramblers Scotland (RS) said she was disappointed golfers had gone straight to members of the Scottish parliament rather than talk to groups like hers.What a cheek: RS didn't hesitate to advocate legislation to get what they wanted, did they? They weren't happy just to "talk".
When I lived in Prestwick, it was perfectly normal to cross golf courses without behaving aggressively. But that was because everyone knew that the courses were private property and that we were lucky to be able to have access.
Note the bit about altercations with tourists. I can see a terrible consequence of Scotland's attack on property rights. Eventually, a visitor will get attacked. Word will get out abroad. Tourists will stop coming here and idiot politicians will have destroyed yet another industry.