Whose land is it?

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.”

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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