Colin Kennedy

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

I am stand­ing for elec­tion to the com­mis­sion as the job I started in 2012 is not yet com­plete.

Crofters will not be un­aware of the whis­per­ing cam­paign against me and the pres­sure placed upon me to step down. It was clear to me that the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment and its min­is­ter could not han­dle the truth that I was speak­ing and wanted to get rid of me.

But the truth is my pas­sion for croft­ing and our way of life is big­ger than the small-minded pet­ti­ness of oth­ers. Croft­ing is our right.

I do not be­lieve all crofters have re­ceived fair treat­ment, de­spite all that has been said and done over the past five years.

Crofters de­serve a rep­re­sen­ta­tive who will go the ex­tra mile to en­sure jus­tice is de­liv­ered.

It is my para­mount de­sire to en­sure ev­ery crofter is treated equally and fairly.

I have seen many things that dis­ap­point me in the treat­ment of crofters, from dif­fer­ent rules in ge­o­graph­i­cal ar­eas and a lack of eq­uity across the coun­try. I want the ser­vice de­liv­ered by the Croft­ing Com­mis­sion to put the crofter first and not any other body.

I take it very se­ri­ously when the lives of crofters are put on hold while their reg­u­la­tory ap­pli­ca­tions make slow progress through the com­mis­sion of­fices. I would be de­liv­er­ing for those wait­ing years for ap­pli­ca­tions to be de­cided.

My ex­pe­ri­ence prompted me to make rep­re­sen­ta­tions to the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment, which in­cluded in­sist­ing an ex­ter­nal re­view was re­quired to es­tab­lish what was, or was not, go­ing on.

If crofters want to be rep­re­sented at the top ta­ble by a crofter who can­not be bought off with gov­ern­men­tal pro­mo­tion, who will place their in­ter­ests be­fore all oth­ers, then they should vote for me as a mat­ter of ur­gency.

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