Caricature by Bob Smith
Kenneth Roy is enraged by the actions of Robert Gordon University to bestow an honorary degree in business administration (DBA) on Donald Trump at what is being described as a 'special ceremony' on 8 October. I must agree with Mr Roy's opinion.
The official statement from RGU claims that it is 'in recognition of his business acumen and entrepreneurial vision and the long-term future his company is planning for the north-east'.
In recent years I've thought the quality of honorary degrees have deteriorated to 'celeb' level, thus negating the few well deserved degrees, but to give such an accolade, at this time, to Donald Trump reduces those issued by RGU to laughing-stock level. Trump hasn't produced anything yet unless you count his ability to insult those who disagree with him. Presently there are a few bulldozers on the land he purchased but no fairways are in sight.
Wouldn't it have been far more sensible for RGU to withhold this honour until Trump completes his project? I forgot, universities don't do sensible, they're too intelligent for that.