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Andy Wightman - The Poor Had No Lawyers (Who Owns Scotland) (2nd Hand Hardback)

SKU B000924

Who owns Scotland? How did they get it?

What happened to all the common land in Scotland?

Has the Scottish Parliament made any difference?

Can we get our common good land back?

In this book, Andy Wightman updates the statistics of landownership in Scotland and explores how and why landowners got their hands on the millions of acres of land that were once held in common.

He tells the untold story of how Scotland's legal establishment and politicians managed to appropriate land through legal fixes.

Have attempts to redistribute this power more equitably made any difference, and what are the full implications of the recent debt-fuelled housing bubble, the Smith Commission and the new Scottish Government's proposals on land reform?

For all those with an interest in urban and rural land in Scotland, this updated edition of The Poor Had No Lawyers provides a fascinating analysis of one the most important political questions in Scotland.

  • Format : Standard 2nd Hand Hardback with Dust Jacket
  • Condition : Good (2 very small tears to dust jacket edge, otherwise Very Good)
  • Category : Non-Fiction - Scotland
  • Published : 2010 (Birlinn - 1st Edition)
  • ISBN : 9781841589077
  • SKU : B000924
  • PPC : SP650gm
  • RRP : £20.00
  • Quantity Available : 1 only.
External Reviews

"A compulsively readable account of how Scotland has come to have a more concentrated pattern of private landownership than almost any other country in the world, how the landed elite has managed to survive for centuries up to the present day, and the reforms that are needed to address inequalities in land tenure." - Goodreads Review.

The Author

Andrew Dearg Wightman is an Independent Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Lothian region. He was elected as a member of the Scottish Greens. He is also a writer and researcher best known for his work on land ownership in Scotland. He is the author of Who Owns Scotland and The Poor Had No Lawyers.