ref date:18 Jan 1998 (SI)
Scots Rich ponder independence
Many rich "Scottish" landowners - people who were given title by the
English after wars and bribes were accepted by their ancestors to sell
Scotland out - are now nervous that a Scottish parliament will
let the public have more access to the countryside and that they may have to pay
higher property taxes under the Scottish parliament.
I'd hope the Scottish parliament would take the land away from many of these long
time traitors and give it back to the public and the Scottish private
sector who could work jointly to develop the land to make profit and
protect the environment.
One well known family line who accepted bribes to sign the Act of Union
(Duke of Sutherland, of Roxburghshire) is Scotland's
fourth richest in The Sunday Times list and worth £150m. He
described the Scottish parliament as "the stupidest thing that
has ever happened". He said he does not believe the public has
been given enough information about what future powers a
parliament may hold.