Fifty years ago, the UK government established a new body to try to reverse the problem of depopulation which had long badly affected the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. In 1965, the Highlands and Islands Development Board was given a remit which provided this new organisation with an array of economic and social powers to overcome this depopulation and other problems which had become endemic to the region. In many respects, it succeeded. As the SNP government proposes to move the management of what is now Highlands and Islands Enterprise to the Scottish Central Belt, its direction to be amalgamated with that of other government quangos. Many people argue that this will badly damage the Highlands, and perhaps also the SNP.
In this book, edited and introduced by journalist and broadcaster Iain MacDonald, four eminent Highlanders express their concerns about, and present their arguments against, this policy.