The Bunker is a plot of land slap bang where Donald Trump wants to build his golf course.
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Stand with the local families of Menie who face eviction from their homes because of Donald Trump’s demand of Aberdeenshire Council to use compulsory purchase orders.
Trump said he didn’t need this land, but now he’s after the homes of local families and they won’t sell.
74% of Scottish people are against Trump on this basis. Just 13% support him. Over 15,000 of us have already signed a petition to Aberdeenshire Council in opposition.
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One of the biggest challenges faced by the Tripping Up Trump campaign has been the one-sided pro-Trump ‘reporting’ in the Press & Journal and the Evening Express, the regional newspapers published by Aberdeen Journals. In December 2009 the editor even declared a media ban on TUT, denying the right of reply to Trump’s frequent press releases, and effectively guaranteeing that reporting of events at Menie became even more one-sided.
To counter this inbalance, the Tripping Up Trump campaign took the bold step of publishing its own newspaper – Menie Voices. It was distributed free to 40,000 homes throughout Aberdeenshire, and told the side of the story that Donald Trump and the Aberdeen Journals didn’t want people to hear.
You can read or download both historic issues of Menie Voices by clicking the links below.
A damning independent report has been released exposing a trail of intimidatory behaviour and half-truths at the heart of Donald Trump’s development at Menie.
In a hard-hitting new investigative report, the Scottish land rights campaigner, Andy Wightman, exposes the true story behind the development of Donald Trumpʼs golf course at Menie in Aberdeenshire.
“Whatever one thinks about the merits of the planned golf course, there are serious questions to be asked about the actions of the Trump Organisation over the past few years, whether they have been straight with the public, and whether they are abiding by
the range of conditions contained in their planning consent.”
In a detailed analysis of events over the past 5 years, Wightman looks in detail at how the Trump organisation has operated. The report reveals how legal threats have been made to one resident, how Donald Trump himself ordered the construction of earthworks to “get rid”
of one of the houses and how the Trump Organisation tried to obtain consent for compulsory purchase orders. A detailed account is provided of the arrest of two journalists by Grampian Police, about allegations of land grabbing and about the media block on
critics of the project by Aberdeen Journals.
“I hope the report sheds some light on the contradictory accounts that have been given of some of the issues such as the building of earthworks around one of the houses (1) and whether or not the Trump Organisation ever asked for compulsory powers to be used” (2),
says Wightman, who concludes the report with this thought. Perhaps this vanity project will indeed end in tears on a rock of hubris and recrimination. If it does, at least the long suffering residents of the Menie Estate will be able to live in peace once more and those responsible for bringing about this saga can reflect on their role and consider whether this is in fact the kind of sustainable development we want in the new Scotland.
Donald Trumpʼs Ego Trip is available at www.andywightman.com/trump/index.htm
NOTES FOR EDITORS
Andy Wightman is a writer and researcher, a land rights activist and an adviser to a wide range of organisations on land matters.
Donald Trump has asked the council to use their power to forcibly clear people from their homes, all in the name of a private golf course. Below are just a few of the locals that are threatened.
In this David and Goliath tale for the 21st Century, a group of proud Scottish homeowners take on Donald Trump, as the tycoon prepares to destroy one of Britain’s last stretches of coastal wilderness by building a luxury golf resort. As the locals make their last stand in the face of security harassment, legal threats and the cutting off of water and electricity supplies, director Anthony Baxter is thrown in jail as he seeks out the truth.
‘TRIUMPHANT? The Art of the Deal’ by Scottish Srtist David McCue consists of a series of oil paintings, an interactive ‘crazy golf’ sculpture, selected written correspondence and other artifacts. The works of art depict the ongoing psychological battle between American billionaire Donald Trump and Michael Forbes, the Scottish farmer, threatened by anticipated compulsory purchase orders by Aberdeenshire Council, that almost resulted in enforced eviction from his family home. Reflecting the ancient themes of territories, power, control and manipulation documented throughout art history, this confrontation is an aggressive, contemporary battle reliant on intellect, words and rights of law. The artworks focus on human psychology, motivation and emotion, questioning man’s role in the natural environment and the cost of our actions and decisions.