Here’s my image for day three of the five-day blogging challenge.
The image is not mine. It’s the work of artist David McCue and is the poster for the film, You’ve Been Trumped, a documentary about Donald Trump’s development just north of Aberdeen.
I bought the DVD online and we watched it last night. I was interested because back in March we visited Balmedie Beach, where I went swimming, and I later discovered it is near the location of a controversial golf course development of Donald Trump’s.
This area of dunes just north of Aberdeen, including the piece of land now owned by Donald Trump, was known as a site of special scientific interest. According to this UK government site, Sites of special scientific interest (SSSIs) are protected by law to conserve their wildlife or geology. So how did Donald Trump manage to build hotels and a golf course there? He did it through harassment, bullying, intimidation, and a complete lack of concern for the environment and the people who live in the area. I sat through much of the film seething.
Planning permission for his proposal was rejected by the local authority, and rightly so, but overturned by Alex Salmond and the Scottish government. What were they thinking??? Trump pitched his development with the promise of jobs but his promise of 6000 jobs has turned into only 200. In the documentary they interview an economist at the London School of Economics who has a look at Trump’s estimates and concludes the Scottish government were duped by his figures.
At one point during construction of the golf course the local residents lose access to their water supply. A week without water goes by and journalist, Anthony Baxter, fronts up at the Trump golf course office to ask when the locals can expect to have their water turned back on. Answers are not forthcoming but what is forthcoming are the local police, who, rather than charging Donald Trump for harassment and intimidation, handcuff Anthony Baxter and throw him in jail for four hours. What for? He was asking questions which is what a journalist does: they ask questions. It was very concerning to watch. The police are supposed to be neutral and not pander to the needs of people with power and money.
It doesn’t stop there and I can feel my blood boiling now just thinking about it so perhaps I’ll leave it here and if you’re interested you can watch the film. It’s available for £15 at You’ve Been Trumped.
One of the things I enjoyed most about Balmedie, aside from swimming in the sea, was the natural beauty of the place; the undulating dunes, the beach, the plants, and the feeling of being out in the wilderness without having to go too far away from the city. There aren’t many of these places left any more and we should protect the few we have. There is no shortage of golf courses in Scotland. It didn’t need another. What is lost is now gone forever.
I’m going to nominate Lucile at http://luciledegodoy.com to take up the five-day blogging challenge. Lucile takes thoughtful photographs and writes with depth about all sorts of interesting things.
The rules of the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge are:
1) Post a photo each day for five consecutive days.
2) Attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or a short paragraph. It’s entirely up to the individual.
3) Nominate another blogger to carry on the challenge. Your nominee is free to accept or decline the invitation. This is fun, not a command performance!
I was nominated by Geoff Le Pard at TanGental.