The Land Reform (Scotland) Bill, and how to get two articles for the price of one

It might not have been the lead story on all channels, but today was the deadline to respond to the Call for Evidence for the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill. Responses to the Call can be (or, in due course, will be) found here.

To coincide with this august land reform occasion, I had two pieces published today.

First, in the Conversation UK: Nobility may be up in arms, but Scotland’s land reforms look fairly tame.

Second, in the Herald’s Agenda slot: How the Government’s land reform proposals could have been more radical.

It will not take much analysis to see the similarities between the articles: indeed, at one stage it was a single article. It diverged into two when it became apparent during the editing process that the Conversation’s audience (in the UK and worldwide) might need a bit more background and comparison to other countries, in a way that could get in the way of a purely Scots article. Therefore, and with the blessing of the Scottish editor of the Conversation, I pitched a punchier version at the Herald and happily it was accepted, as eventually was a beefed-up version in the Conversation.

There might be a lesson for fellow writers there: if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again…

…fail a bit…

…then eventually try two different routes to success, and somehow get both.

It does not always work out like that, but it did this time.

So what is next for the Land Reform Bill? Analysis by the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee, then another two legislative stages at Holyrood. Stay tuned for further land reform developments.


About basedrones

Bachelor of Laws. Scots lawyer working at the University of Aberdeen. English law qualified. Took far too long to write this bio. Blogs on legal issues, with occasional veering into other purportedly intellectual stuff from time to time. Tweets about legal issues, education, law clinics, fitba, music, rogue cell division and not at all about politics at @MalcolmCombe.
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