Political decisions should be for the best desires of the country and to maximise economic benefits.
It is therefore unfortunate that there is reluctance, at policy level, to recognise the wider benefits that shooting as an activity generates.
Land ownership in Scotland in general has become a weapon wielded by the Scottish Government.
The aim is to break up the great estates of Scotland and thousands of previously unwanted and unproductive land given to the communities of Scotland.
The first attack is the proposed ending of tax breaks to sporting activities.
Sporting activities on many of these estates, which usually encompasses acres of moorland, is often the only form of commercial activity that can be undertaken.
The removal of tax breaks on sporting activities will essentially spell the end for these activities on estates and farms.
The unintended consequence of such policies will have severe effects on rural communities.
None more so than in the most remote rural areas within Scotland.
It is estimated that the sporting industry generates more than 2,500 full-time equivalent jobs with approximately £30,000,000 per year in wages generated for the Scottish rural economy from purely grouse moorland alone.
Hotels, shops, caterers and a range of other businesses which support sporting activities benefit greatly, not to mention the direct employees on the estates.
The result of the tax breaks will be a fall in income to communities, job losses and yet more rural depopulation.
The vast majority of sporting estates make little or no money, however they provide precious support to communities which could otherwise all but disappear.
The second attack is the proposed amendment of the succession laws.
This has the potential to not only dismantle the big estates, but also break up farms.
Farms will potentially be split-up between those entitled to inherit and effectively make these farms commercially unviable.
Farming units are facing some harsh economic times with commodity prices depressed.
In order to remain viable and sustainable, economies of scale are vital.
The impact of splitting up farms will be extremely detrimental to Scottish agriculture and render the industry uncompetitive on a world scale.
We trade in global markets and in order to be competitive the industry must be allowed to shape itself, rather than be manipulated negatively.
Splitting up farms and estates in order to let communities run the local economy comes with a severe health warning.
Communities, no matter how well intentioned, have little idea of running a large and often diverse business concern.
While pursuing their individual preferences they begin to quarrel with each other and for those that do not cut their losses, the tax payer is required in a bailing out process.
The community on the Isle of Gigha will lay testament to this fact.
Although widely celebrated 12 years ago, the inhabitants will be less excited by the realisation that they are collectively responsible for £3 million worth of debt.
I recall when the French government abandoned favourable rural policies some years ago.
The result was a scene of dilapidated bricks and mortar sprinkled throughout rural France.
Wrong policy decisions can lead to rapid decline in a sector, which takes years to reverse.
Subsequent French governments can vouch for this.
Scotland needs to be careful that we do not fall into a similar problem.
Decision making and policy framework should be introduced for the wider economic benefit of the country and not based on personal envious motives.