Last month I blogged about the proposed buyout of Jura’s general store. In that blog, I noted that this was #notlandreformnews. Why? You will recall the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 offers non-crofting communities in rural Scotland a right of first refusal for local land. That is all well and good, but a pre-emption right is a safety-net that is not needed when your bid is the only show in town.
That is the situation Jura residents found themselves in. That notwithstanding, they still danced the land reform dance and had a vote about taking over the shop, which they decided to do by 107 v 31 votes. I wish them well, but this remains #notlandreformnews. The story is trotted out as land reform, and it may be the Scottish Government or any potential funders wanted to be clear that there was definite assent, but it was not exactly radical land reform in action.