No wonder landowners are scared. We are starting to learn who owns Britain

It’s time to start discussing some dangerous subjects.

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Scotland is breaking the cover-up that stifles our political thought. Bring the Highland Spring south

This article by George Monbiot originally appeared in The Guardian on 3 December 2014.

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Bring out the violins. The land reform programme announced last week by the Scottish government is the end of civilised life on Earth, if you believe the corporate press. In a country where 432 people own half the private rural land, all change is Stalinism. The Telegraph has published a string of dire warnings – insisting, for example, that deer stalking and grouse shooting could come to an end if business rates are introduced for sporting estates. Moved to tears yet?

Yes, sporting estates – where the richest people in Britain, or oil sheikhs and oligarchs from elsewhere, shoot grouse and stags – are exempt from business rates, a present from John Major’s government in 1994. David Cameron has been just…

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