Along the coast of Scotland, in Aberdeenshire, Donald Trump and his investors are building what they describe as “the greatest golf course in the world.” They are presently in the process of buying land necessary to build this golf course and its facilities. The location will include the usual facilities, clubhouses, etc. but will also have a 450 room hotel and 500 residential homes. The project is due for completion in 18 months and is expected to cost nearly 1 billion pounds.
He has decided to rename a strip of coastline that for 600 years has been known as Menie Dunes. The new name as given by Mr. Trump is “The Great Dunes of Scotland.” It goes without saying that some Scots oppose the renaming of their country by an outsider. They are hoping to obtain the signatures of thousands of people who oppose the construction. In fact, his opponents have organized under the name of “Tripping Up Trump.” This group has purchased some land in the middle of the project and ownership is split among 12 persons. They have even set up a web site called “The Bunker.” Some are saying he should built his course "over there".
Mr. Trump was dismissive of the protests and said “It’s a little late to trip me up.” He also described the fisherman’s house, at the heart of the controversy, as “a slum” and a “terrible-looking building.” The opposition refers to Donald Trump as a "New York Clown."
Visit Scotland supports the project of course, but I hope Mr. Trump understands the nature of Scots when their land is threatened. Sometimes money doesn't buy everything, but I presume the locals are destined to lose. I wonder if they have "imminent domain" in Scotland?