It’s my view that we are in some ways our own worst enemies. We want the best of both worlds. We want all the rights that go with crofting but at the same time when we see the chance to make a fast buck we’re not averse to it. That trend we’ve seen more and more, even in the last five years. I mean, I was told even yesterday of a croft on a certain part of the island. The person got it for nothing just a few years ago and are trying now to sell it for £28,000 and all they’re basically selling is a tenancy that previously people fought for, got the right to have to pass on to others and now people have made it a marketable commodity. I’m not quite so sure why, because at one time they’ll have had attractive house grants and loans and that kind of thing. That kind of thing doesn’t exist to the same extent nowadays. But you do see people who come from a part of the economy where there’s much more money. You know, we’re talking about the cities. And what they can get for a small flat in the city can buy them a nice tenancy and build them a big house on a croft here, but at the same time it’s actually destroying the whole system that was created in the first place. Within a very short space of time, if we carry on doing this we’ll see crofting going out of existence just because of that.

  • Kenny MacIver
Location:
Stornoway
Date:
Friday 19th February 2010
Reference:
SWI2010/009