Rural economy minister, Fergus Ewing, should quit over alleged “massive cover-ups”
in the Crofting Commission, suggests the organisation’s former convenor.
Colin Kennedy said commissioners are Scottish Government “puppets,” taking the “blame
for other agendas.”
He accused Mr Ewing of turning a blind eye to grazing committees apparently wrongly
claiming EU subsidies for land improvement works.
Mr Kennedy said Fergus Ewing should consider his position.
He said: “Given the Scottish Government is actually the main shareholder of the commission
and the executive staff and the staff employed by the government are there to deliver
on behalf of the government, the board are merely the puppets.”
He added: “It will take more than a change of six elected commissioners to make any
difference given the executive are authorised to remove (and) potentially destroy
Last month, a Scottish Government governance review into the crofting regulator found
fundamental inconsistencies,gaps in records of events, and personalities clashes,
led to the breakdown of the organisation.
A Scottish Government spokesperson said: “The Scottish Government has asked the new
chief executive to urgently prepare an action plan to take forward actions to improve
the governance of the Crofting Commission as outlined by the recent Crofting Commission