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Cameron's father-in-law compares SNP leader to Mugabe

COMPARISON: David Cameron's father-in-law says Nicole Sturgeon planning 'Mugabe-style land grab'

DAVID CAMERON'S father-in-law has accused the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) and its leader of operating like Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe.

In an article for the political magazine Spectator, William Astor, the 4th Viscount Astor and father of Cameron's wife, Samantha, wrote a comment piece titled Should we fear a Mugabe-style land grab in rural Scotland?

Lord Astor, a hereditary peer, spoke of his fear of being forced out of his home country under SNP reforms to put one million acres of land into public ownership by 2020.

The Scottish Government plans to change the law of succession, which may pressure current owners to sell their property. Sturgeon has argued that land should be "an asset that benefits the many, not the few".

Lord Astor warned the policy could have the same effects as the Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe’s attacks on white farmers.

He wrote: “Are we estate owners now to be nationalised or made to feel so unwelcome that we have to sell up in a Mugabe-style land grab?”

Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe, embarked on his controversial land grab programme in 2000 to restore the balance of land ownership after white colonisation.

The campaign however has been criticised for being violent and relying on intimidation tactics. Under Mugabe, white farmers have been forced off their land without compensation.

Lord Astor's article went on to suggest that the proposed ‘attack’ on estate owners was because “we don’t sound Scottish.”

"Is it because we don’t sound Scottish?” he asked. “We should not all have to sound like Rob Roy. If the SNP wants us all to speak with a certain type of Scottish accent, what does that say to the many hundreds of thousands in the immigrant community who have lived in Scotland for a long time but still speak with the accent of their birth? Are they not Scottish?"

The SNP made a clean sweep in Scotland at the recent general election winning all but three seats to dramatically increase their representation in Whitehall and indicating the presence of a clear Scottish voice.

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