Monday 20 January 2003

Just say no to communism

Sir Jack Stewart-Clark is a former Tory MEP and the owner of property that is used for weddings and conferences. Scotland's new Land Reform Bill worries him:
Sir Jack markets his castle as a wedding and conference venue with the slogan "Exclusively Yours", promising the customer the castle and its grounds in complete privacy.

He warned last night he would not be able to guarantee this privacy if the bill was passed because he would not be able to stop anybody else from wandering through the grounds, disrupting or interfering with a wedding or a corporate event.

Being a typical Tory, Sir Jack has already surrendered to the enemy:
"I am very perplexed about this bill. This started as a right of access for ramblers, which is right, but it appears as if it is going to be totally counter-productive to the sort of thing I am trying to do here.
No, Sir Jack, if you grant ramblers the right to enter your land then you have denied the principle of private ownership. As the article goes on to say:
The general principle of access has largely been accepted, but many landowners are concerned that they will not have the ability to prevent the public entering any part of their land, not even the area within reach of their houses.
As ye sow, so shall ye reap.