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Possibly because much of the land in Scotland is economically useless. A lot of the highland are poor quality grazing land suitable for a small population of sheep or grouse, hence the large estates. Yet certain people go on about this like it was some terrible injustice. Who on earth does it actually effect?

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Possibly because much of the land in Scotland is economically useless. A lot of the highland are poor quality grazing land suitable for a small population of sheep or grouse, hence the large estates. Yet certain people go on about this like it was some terrible injustice. Who on earth does it actually effect?

Hmmm - if it did not pay for itself it would be sold off cheap and by now ownership would be more highly fragmented. You would expect over time bits would be sold off piecemeal to settle the losses. Certainly not double in price as it has, which sounds like an asset bubble has taken place.

The PR around the landed gentry acting as generous benefactors no more than slick PR IMHO.

Thanks to the single farm payment scheme, forestry and other hand outs, even crappy inactive land generates hundreds of thousands of pounds of unearned income for the large land owner.

Add on a bit of wind farm rent, fishing/hunting and other tourist type stuff - there is gold in the glens.

Would there be any more wealth created if the system was changed, or would simply the current wealth be more evenly distributed - not sure.

Probably ending planning & enviro controls would generate more wealth. Imagine private individuals or companies could stick in new railways etc. (without dealing with enviro protestors and red tape) to open up previously inaccessible land. Not been feasible for generations.

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