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- Donald J Trump the Saga Continues

Donald J Trump Makes a Point
(Graphic © Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons)

Donald J Trump the Saga Continues
The attempt to ban the Donald from Britain fizzled out. The petition demanding his ban got over 500,000 signatures a formidable effort but when the matter was debated in the UK Parliament in Westminster it attracted little support from politicians.

The main theme of their discussion was a consensus that Trump was loud, obnoxious and ignorant but that a ban on him entering the UK would not serve any useful purpose.

The Donald had said that if the worst came to the worst he would remove 700 million worth of investment from Scotland. Fortunately even he could not roll up two Scottish golf courses, including the spectacular Turnberry, into his private jet and whisk them back to Manhattan, but I suppose he could stop feeding the greens. The graphic here of the entrance to Trump International Golf Links at Menie is © Sagaciousphil via Wikimedia Commons.

Trump's 500 million investment in Menie, Aberdeenshire, has been troubled from the off. The golf course is reputed to be good, but the 6,000 local jobs he forecast have not materialised. A large part of that has resulted from his failure to sell hundreds of expensive houses near the course. The slump in the Aberdeenshire economy , which depends on oil, will not help Trump's business at all.

In the early days of the development Trump was close to Alex Salmond, who was then First Minister of Scotland. Now the two are at loggerheads about the approval of the installation of an offshore wind farm within sight of Menie and Trump's statements on Moslem immigrants.

In 2012 Trump waxed lyrically about the wind farms in a letter to Salmond: "With the reckless installation of these monsters, you will single-handedly have done more damage to Scotland than virtually any event in Scottish history."

Salmond, who is now a Westminster politician and recently began hosting a phone-in radio show in London, has responded that Trump is 'three times a loser.' This is a reference to the repeated failure of Trump's legal challenges to the wind farm. Salmond has invited Trump to debate the issues on his radio show - Trump has so far declined.

The graphic on the right is of Ailsa Craig in the Firth of Clyde from Turnberry Golf Course.

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Tam O'Ranter
January 2016

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