Tuesday, 21 June 2011
Trump Falls Short
Ever since Donald Trump bought the Menie Estate and dunes in Aberdeenshire, back in 2005, somewhat half-heartedly initially I supported his golf project which he promised would be 'the world's greatest golf resort'.
Over the years I began to take more interest in Trump's golfing paradise and eventually friends who live nearby - and others - convinced me his paradise was only an illusion. Specifically, one friend emailed me last year saying: 'The complex will never be completed. Only the golf course will rise out of the dunes'. Around that time I changed my opinion.
It would appear my friend has a crystal ball. Today Trump flew into Aberdeen and announced he is postponing his plan to create the 'world's greatest golf resort'. Why? Because of the global financial crisis. But didn't the financial crisis occur in 2008? Didn't Trump insist he had the finances organised to complete the project?
Last year two young film makers were arrested because they were intruding on Trump property. Eventually they were released and their film You've Been Trumped was shown in Aberdeen last Friday. Owing to the 'amazing response' it received, the cinema decided to give it an extended run. Trump has denounced the film as 'a fraud'.
Trump is a bully. His business style may be suited to the American people but it's not welcome here. His remarks about being inundated with Scots desperate to play his golf course are nonsense. I live in an area surrounded by golf courses and golfers yet none has shown any interest in the new course. "It'll be too costly" is the usual comment or "St Andrews is just down the road and the Old Course will never be bettered."
Andy Wightman is a highly respected land rights expert who has been keeping a close eye on the Trump development. He has a website on which he is recording 'Donald Trump's Ego Trip'. Along with other material there are some short videos which show the character of the American and his entourage.
I'll leave you to decide if Trump will ever complete his resort, plus his latest idea of a ballroom. The golf course will open, of that I have no doubt, but the promised investment, both financial and employment, will be a long time coming. If it ever does.