Following last year’s declaration I am, like a couple of my self-employed writer/activists colleagues (George Monbiot and Alastair McIntosh), making an annual declaration of interests and income.

Commentators, campaigners and advocacy groups should be open about their interests and income (this story from today is a good example of why I believe this to be so). I also believe that we have too much secrecy in the UK on matters of income and wealth and that if everyone’s income was openly declared, there would be much less inequality. This is not an especially radical idea. In Norway, details of every citizen’s income, assets and the tax they pay are available to the public and some of this is published on this website.

As a member of the Scottish Green Party, I also feel obliged to comply with the policy resolution passed at the 2011 Conference on Tax Evasion and Avoidance which encourages corporations and individuals to not use tax havens and to publish their accounts on a country by country basis.


I earn my living by writing, research, consultancy, lecturing, undertaking landownership investigations, and subscriptions from the whoownsscotland website. During 2012 my income was as follows

GROSS INCOME     £28,094

COSTS                    £8,015

NET INCOME          £20,079

My taxable income was £20,138 on which I paid £2,394.60 in income tax and £1,122.57 in Class 4 NI contributions for the year 2012-13 (a total tax paid of £3,517.17 – see calculation here).

In 2012 I earned £10,807 (54%) from consultancy and research. Net earnings from the whoownsscotland website contributed £4003 (20%), speaker fees, £3,760 (19%) and journalism £1,208 (6%). I earned £298 (1%) from the sale of books.

All of my income in 2012 was generated from within the UK. Main clients included NGOs, two political parties, energy companies, landowners, print & broadcast media and a Government research agency.

DECLARATION OF INTERESTS as at 31 January 2014

I own no land or property.

I have 483 shares in Standard Life.

I am on the Board of Directors of the Caledonia Centre for Social Development (Company No. 192099 & Scottish Charity No. SC 028485)

I am currently advising the House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee.

I am a member of the Scottish Green Party.

I do not make use of any tax havens or artificial accounting structures to conceal my income.

29. June 2013 · Comments Off on Allan Macrae 1939 – 2013 · Categories: Announcements, Land Reform, Land Rights, Who Owns Scotland

Image © John Paul Photography

Allan Macrae 1939 – 2013

Allan Macrae was the crofter who led the campaign by the Assynt Crofters to reclaim their land in 1992. His family had been in Assynt for generations and his great grandfather was cleared from his land to make way for a sheep farm.

On 8 December 1992, as Chairman of the Assynt Crofters Trust, he stood up in Stoer Primary school.

lt seems we have won our land. It certainly is a moment to savour, but my immediate thoughts are that some of our forebears should have been here to share it. It is an historic blow for people on the land throughout the Highlands and Islands.”

A tribute was published in the Herald on Thursday.

Lesley Riddoch has published a moving account of his life on her website.

Is treasa tuath na tighearna

11. January 2013 · Comments Off on Land Reform Review Group · Categories: Announcements, Land Reform, Land Reform Review Group

I have today submitted my evidence (8.2Mb pdf) to the Land Reform Review Group. The Group will not be publishing the responses they receive until April 2014 and I have therefore created a page where submissions can be published.

Email me your submission if you wish it to be added.

Land Reform Review Group Submissions page (or go to “Hot Topics” drop down menu)