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I am somewhat perplexed at the logic demonstrated by one of the landowners quoted in your report, “Lairds in warning over new buy-out powers” (1 August).

James Carnegy-Arbuthnot describes much of the land as “unproductive wilderness”, while stating of the right to buy: “This amounts to the dispossession of land from one person to the advantage of another and has no place in any democratic society.”

This would appear to me less an argument against right to buy than a recognition of the injustice of the Clearances. Perhaps this is more a case of “what goes around, comes around”.

Iain Dalglish 

Musselburgh, East Lothian