AS if the Rural Affairs department didn't have enough fires to fight on various fronts, the blue touch paper has now been lit as up to eight tenants caught up in the 2003 botched legislation have signalled their intention to sue.
THE amount of rainfall large tracts of the country has had to endure over the past couple of weeks has been exceptional; and the damage it has caused has been unprecedented, affecting urban and rural situations alike.
FOR FAR too long, countries and trading blocs throughout the world have put environmental issues way above food security, conveniently forgetting that feeding its population should always be the number one priority of any government.
YOU may recall that last week this column asked tenant farmers to come forward with evidence of malpractice with regard to the Tenant Farming Forum's 'Guide to Good Practice' covering rent review negotiations, after the chairman of Scottish Land and Estates accused the STFA of making 'ill-founded accusations'.
NFU Scotland has, uncharacteristically, nailed its colours to the EU mast at an early stage, following vice president, Andrew McCornick's evidence to the Scottish Parliament's European and External Relations committee this week.