Just when you thought events at Great Glen House couldn’t get more farcical than highlighted in my last blog post, I am afraid to say they can.
It turns out that following the Crofting Commission’s decision to appoint a Grazings Constable with the sole function of paying monies considered to be due to a shareholder they appointed into that illegal position one of the committee members that they had just removed from office!
The decision to do so was made by the Convener, Vice-Convener and Chief Executive of the Crofting Commission.
Section 47(8) of the Crofters (Scotland) Act 1993 reads:-
If the Commission are satisfied, after making such inquiry, if any, as they may deem necessary, that any or all of the members of a grazings committee (however appointed under this section) are not properly carrying out the duties imposed on them (or that the grazings clerk is not properly carrying out the duties imposed on him) under this Act, the Commission may remove from office any or all such members or such clerk and may appoint or provide for the appointment of other persons (whether crofters or not) in their or his place.
Having removed from office the entire committee the Crofting Commission could then “appoint or provide for the appointment of other persons (whether crofters or not) in their or his place“.
“Other persons” does not mean one of the same persons!
You couldn’t make it up.
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