Saturday 25 January 2003

Another new political party

The Scottish fishermen are setting up their own party. The SNP is upset:
Richard Lochhead, the Scottish National Party’s fisheries spokesman, claimed the formation of the Fishermen’s Party could completely backfire, leaving the Labour and Liberal Democrat coalition still in power.
Well yes, that may be the outcome but the SNP clings to its "independence in Europe" policy, claiming that an "independent" Scotland of 5 million people could hold its own in a union of 450 million. The fishermen would be better off with a system that recognised private property rights in fishing grounds. Scottish fishermen should have "homesteading" rights over their traditional waters and be free to use or sell those rights.