Friday 31 January 2003

Playing with fire

Our politicians are now proposing further restrictions on property rights:
All farmers with secure tenancies in Scotland would have the right to buy the land they farm without the owners’ consent, under plans being put forward by the SNP, it emerged last night.
The SNP is constantly attempting to portray itself as a "business-friendly" party but simultaneously attacks private property.
Jamie McGrigor, a Tory MSP, said: "Fergus Ewing and his cohorts are trying to create some kind of socialist Valhalla where ‘property is theft’.
Doesn't the SNP realise that Scotland's most important industry is financial services? How many people in England and elsewhere are going to be relaxed about keeping their money in a country in which most politicians don't have a clue about the importance of private property?