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Land Rights in 21st Century Scotland

1. Do you agree that the Scottish Government should have a stated Land Rights and Responsibilities Policy?

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Yes
Ticked No

2. Do you have any comments on the draft Land Rights and Responsibilities Policy?

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These questions were answered during the Scottish Enlightenment. What is yours, is yours.

3. Considering your long term aspirations for land reform in Scotland, what are the top three actions that you think the Scottish Government should take?

Action One:
This question was asked by the French Government 300 years ago and the answer they got was "Laissez Faire", do not interfere. This is what is known as a "begging" question. It assumes the answer should be intervention of some sort.
Action Two:
Understand the difference between Malem in Se and Malem Prohibita. Enforce only those things that are Malem in Se Some things are wrong in themselves, Malem in Se, recoginzed by all societies and 5 year old children. Malem Prohibita are things that are "wrong" only because someone has decreed them wrong.
Action Three:
Keep Taxes Low. You could have a large slice of a small revenue pie, or a small slice of a large pie. The lower the taxes the larger the revenue pie. Keep taxes Flat.

A Scottish Land Reform Commission

4. Do you agree that a Scottish Land Reform Commission would help ensure Scotland continues to make progress on land reform and has the ability to respond to emergent issues?

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Yes
Ticked No

5. What do you think the advantages or disadvantages of having a Scottish Land Reform Commission would be?

Advantages:
There are no advantages to Scotland of a Land Reform Commission.
Disadvantages:
The benefits are to the people employed by the Land Reform Commission.

6. Do you have any thoughts on the structure, type or remit of any Scottish Land Reform Commission?

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There should not be one. Government's job is to ensure that what someone owns is his or hers. Anything else is theft.

Limiting the legal entities that can own land in Scotland

7. Do you agree that restricting the type of legal entities that can, in future, take ownership or a long lease over land in Scotland would help improve the transparency and accountability of land ownership in Scotland?

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Yes
Ticked No

8. Do you agree that in future land should only be owned (or a long lease taken over land) by individuals or by a legal entity formed in accordance with the law of a Member State of the EU?

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Yes
Ticked No

9. What do you think the advantages or disadvantages of such a restriction would be?

Advantages:
None
Disadvantages:
Capital is mobile. Any restrictions and it will flee.

10. How should any restriction operate and be enforced, and what consequences might follow if the restriction is breached?

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There should be no restrictions.

Information on land, its value and ownership

11. Do you agree that better co-ordination of information on land, its value and ownership would lead to better decision making for both the private and public sectors?

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Yes
Ticked No

12. Do you hold data you could share or is there any data you would wish to access?

Do you hold data you could share or is there any data you would wish to access?
No

13. What do you think the advantages of disadvantages of wider and more flexible sharing of land information would be and do you have any recommendations about how this can best be achieved?

Advantages:
No advantages.
Disadvantages:
You will drive people away. You need to attact capital.
Recommendations for achieving better co-ordination of information on land
Leave it to the free market.

Sustainable development test for land governance

14. Do you agree that there should be powers given to Scottish Ministers or another public body to direct private landowners to take action to overcome barriers to sustainable development in an area?

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Yes
Ticked No

15. What do you think the benefits would be and do you have any recommendations about how these can best be achieved?

What do you think the benefits would be and do you have any recommendations about how these can best be achieved?
There are none.

16. Do you have any concerns or alternative ways to achieve the same aim?

Do you have any concerns or alternative ways to achieve the same aim?
These questions are so loaded. This is not a consultation in any meaningful way.

A more proactive role for public sector land management

17. Do you agree that public sector bodies, such as Forestry Commission Scotland, should be able to engage in a wider range of management activities in order to promote a more integrated range of social, economic and environmental outcomes?

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Yes
Ticked No

18. What do you think the benefits would be and do you have any recommendations about how this can best be achieved?

What do you think the benefits would be and do you have any recommendations about how this can best be achieved?
Another loaded question!

19. Do you have any concerns or alternative ways to achieve the same aim?

Do you have any concerns or alternative ways to achieve the same aim?
More begging questions, questions that suggest a particular result. This is a consultation only in name.

Duty of community engagement on land management decisions to be placed on charitable trustees

20. Do you think a trustee of a charity should be required to engage with the local community before taking a decision on the management, use or transfer of land under the charity’s control?

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Yes
Ticked No

21. What do you think the advantages or disadvantages would be?

Advantages:
No
Disadvantages:
N/A

22. How should “community” be defined?

How should “community” be defined?
It should not be defined. There should be transactions between individuals.

23. What remedies should be available should a trustee of a charity fail to engage appropriately with the local community?

What remedies should be available should a trustee of a charity fail to engage appropriately with the local community?
What does "engage appropriately" mean?

Removal of the exemption to business rates for shooting and deerstalking

24. Should the current business rate exemptions for shootings and deer forests be ended?

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Yes
Ticked No

25. What do you think the advantages would be?

What do you think the advantages would be?
None.

26. What do you think the disadvantages would be?

What do you think the disadvantages would be?
Enemployment

Common Good

27. Do you agree that the need for court approval for disposals or changes of use of common good property, where this currently exists, should be removed?

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Ticked Yes
No

28. If removed, what should take the place of court approval?

If removed, what should take the place of court approval?
Nothing

29. Should there be a new legal definition of common good?

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No

30. What might any new legal definition of common good look like?

Do you have any other comments on this issue?
There should be none.

31. Do you have any other comments on common good?

What might any new legal definition of common good look like?
There should be no such definition.

Agricultural Holdings

32. Do you agree that the Scottish Government should take forward some of the recommendations of the Agricultural Holdings Legislation Review Group within the Land Reform Bill?

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Yes
Ticked No

33. What do you think the advantages would be?

What do you think the advantages would be?
None

34. What do you think the disadvantages would be?

What do you think the disadvantages would be?
Enemployment.

Wild Deer

35. Do you agree that further deer management regulation measures should be introduced to be available in the event that the present arrangements are assessed as not protecting the public interest?

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Yes
Ticked No

36. What do you think the advantages would be?

What do you think the advantages would be?
None

37. What do you think the disadvantages would be?

What do you think the disadvantages would be?
More unemployment.

Clarifying Public Access: core paths planning process

38. At present, section 18 of the 2003 Act is silent on the issue of resolving objections to a core path plan consultation. Do you agree that access authorities should be required, in the interests of transparency, to conduct a further limited consultation about proposed changes arising from objections?

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Yes
Ticked No

39. Do you agree that section 20 of the 2003 Act should be clarified so that Ministerial direction is not required when an access authority initiates a core path plan review?

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Yes
Ticked No

40. Do you think that the process for a minor amendment to core path plan (as set out in section 20 of the 2003 Act) should be simplified to make it less onerous than that for a full review of a core path plan?

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Yes
Ticked No

Assessing Impact

41. Please tell us about any potential impacts, either positive or negative, you feel the draft Land Rights and Responsibilities Policy or any of the proposals for the Bill may have on particular groups of people, with reference to the “protected characteristics” listed above. Please be as specific as possible.

Please tell us about any potential impacts, either positive or negative, you feel the draft land policy or any of the proposals for the Bill may have on particular groups of people, with reference to the “protected characteristics” listed above. Please be as specific as possible.
You will affect employment in the Highlands.

42. What differences might there be in the impact of the Bill on individuals and communities with different levels of advantage or deprivation?

What differences might there be in the impact of the Bill on individuals and communities with different levels of advantage or deprivation?
N/A
How can we make sure that all individuals and communities can access the benefits of these proposals?
N/A

43. Please tell us about any potential costs or savings that may occur as a result of the proposals for the Bill, and any increase or reduction in the burden of regulation for any sector. Please be as specific as possible.

Please tell us about any potential costs or savings that may occur as a result of the proposals for the Bill, and any increase or reduction in the burden of regulation for any sector. Please be as specific as possible.
N/A

45. Please tell us about any potential impacts, either positive or negative, you feel any of the proposals contained in this consultation may have on the environment. Please be as specific as possible.

Please tell us about any potential impacts, either positive or negative, you feel any of the proposals contained in this consultation may have on the environment.
N/A