I have just watched the programme “You have been Trumped” at last on Donald Trump property developer? As a golfer who loves golf in Scotland I have read lots on both sides it was to be an interesting programme. I was shocked!
The 95-minute film tells the story of Donald Trump’s attempts to build what he claims will be ‘the greatest golf course in the world’ on one of the Scotland’s last remaining wilderness areas. The resort, which the Scottish Government gave the green light following the most contentious planning inquiry in the country’s recent history, involves building two golf courses and 15 hundred houses and a luxury hotel on a site described by scientists as ‘the crown jewels of Scotland’s natural heritage’ north of Aberdeen.
’Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.
The attitude of Mr Trump one of the worlds richest men was appalling. His attitude is that money can buy anything, but it is was his treatment to people that I found frightening. It was the way he treated his neighbours who would not sell this land to him treatment was pure bullying and “to call someone a pig and that they live in a slum was very sad to hear”. The Scottish government in Edinburgh called in the application for Mr Trump which was refused by local government a very unusual occurrence and granted it. Why?
It is terrible the way local people have been treated it is like a modern highland clearances. The threat of Compulsory purchase for the locals is appalling have we come on so far as people since these days of the Highland Clearances The way they display their wealth and influence is frightening and they have got away with it again. How they have fooled our politicians is incredible with the promise of local jobs. The way the Police treated the journalists who were filming was shocking and to me and many others, I could not believe that and I am an admirer of the Police. The treatment of the locals who still live there was sad and unbelievable that this can still occur in 2012. Thanks to Anthony Baxter for his incredible documentary and the local people for their fight. I ask everyone to watch this documentary.
You’ve Been Trumped’s UK premiere was staged at Britain’s biggest documentary festival Sheffield Doc/Festival where it clinched the highest environmental accolade for documentary, the Green Award. The international jurors said, “We hope this award will raise awareness and hold Donald Trump to account for his environmental and social belligerence and expose the corruption and incompetence at the heart of the Scottish authorities which let this destruction go ahead.”
Canada’s biggest daily The Toronto Star described You’ve Been Trumped as ‘A shattering chronicle of greed, hubris and stupidity’. The Scotsman and Herald’s film critics both gave You’ve Been Trumped four star reviews with The Scotsman commenting: ‘This is the sort of controlled, quietly angry and important film that will inspire plenty of ire in anyone frustrated by the way money and power frequently crushes anything in its path.’
Simon Bateson, Artistic Director for Take One Action which is presenting the film at the Parliament said, “We’re delighted to once again be taking world-changing cinema to the heart of power in Scotland, and few films are as relevant to the influence that ordinary people in Scotland have – or don’t have – on our environment and decision-makers.””
Director Anthony Baxter said, “Audiences at our sell-out screenings have been telling us how important it is that Scotland’s politicians see You’ve Been Trumped. This presentation at the Scottish Parliament will hopefully make it easy for those in elected authority to see the film, after earlier invitations were declined.
The film has flashbacks to Local Hero a cult film in Scotland where an oil baron tries to buy a local community but in the end falls in love with Scotland and has a happy ending. Local Hero is a film “You have been Trumped” is actually happening! Please watch this! How could the Scottish government sanction this sell out. We live in interesting times, Alec Salmond you should hang your head in shame again!