Right. I mean, obviously, in Ireland and the Highlands, the landlords had a huge and massive ... a huge control on the economy, just the fact that they owned the land. In addition, you’ll find in the Central Belt, there are large landlords who’s main income didn’t necessarily come from the land itself but from leasing out the land for coal mining and it’s from this coal mining ... what they charged for royalties. It was Davitt’s belief, eventually, he didn’t start with this belief ... it was Davitt’s belief, after the influence of Henry George, that land should be nationalised and he extended that obviously to the land, mining land, royalties and the benefits ... and the money coming from that nationalised should be used for the benefit of the communities.

  • Allan Armstrong
Tuesday 25th May 2010