“Time is ripe for revolution when the masses of people won’t act for change but won’t strongly oppose those who do.”
Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals, 1971.
It’s time to challenge landed power and mount a campaign of positive action for land reform. Land Action Scotland – co-ordinated by Andy Wightman – will be launching a number of actions over the coming months and to kick off they plan to help the people of the Isle of Bute and Applecross to take control of the land:
“Around 90,000 acres of the Island of Bute and the Applecross peninsula are owned by two private companies owned by a handful of non-residents. The purpose of this campaign is to open up the membership of these companies (which have charitable status) and enable the communities there to have a democratic stake in the management of the land. This is your campaign and your opportunity to help this to happen.
“The Mount Stuart Trust owns 28,300 acres of land or around 89% of the entire Isle of Bute. It is not (despite what the website says) a “Charitable Trust”. It is a Limited Company with charitable status. It has 7 members, none of whom live on Bute. The Applecross Trust owns 61,600 acres of land of the Applecross peninsula in Wester Ross. It is also not a Trust but a Limited Company with charitable status. It has 6 members, none of whom live in Applecross.
Land Action is here: http://www.landaction.org.uk/