The burghs were not actually the creations of David and William the Lion, but the rights, duties and privileges which had gradually developed in the towns were in the time of these kings codified and confirmed by charters; the towns had magistrates of their own election, courts, and legalized open markets.
And Oxfam's call for more open markets completely overlooks the implications for climate change.
History shows that open markets can play an important role in lifting millions of people out of abject poverty.
They coin money in honest and accurate measures and allow this money to trade freely on open markets.
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