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Neil Oliver hits back at criticism of National Trust for Scotland appointment

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Broadcaster and archaeologist Neil Oliver has spoken to The Scotsman about his reaction to criticism from the public of his appointment as president of conservation trust National Trust for Scotland.

The announcement of Mr Oliver's appointment as NTS president was made in September and he recently spoke to a Scotsman reporter at the BAFTA Scotland awards about the reaction which followed, stating that any criticism was 'water off a duck's back' and 'only coming from anonymous commentators'.

Online petition

Shortly after news of the presidency was made public, an online petition was set up which gained 8,000 signatures and stated: 'The National Trust for Scotland is in charge of many of Scotland’s national treasures. We object to this man having this appointment as he does not have the Scottish people and Scotland’s interests at heart.'

Mr Oliver insisted the National Trust for Scotland had not asked him to steer clear of controversy and refrain from commenting on Scottish politics during his tenure in the role.

Report adapted with permission of The Scotsman. For more on Neil Oliver's reaction to the online petition, read the full article on The Scotsman website.

(image copyright Ben Salter)

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