GREEN campaigners are less than happy, according to The Sunday Times (can’t find the story on the web yet). Not exactly news, you might say, but on this occasion they’re threatening to obstruct the Trump golfing development in north east Scotland in order to protect various local wildlife.
They’ll be supported by other local inhabitants, many of whom – and I will need to choose my words carefully – are not exactly tenth generation locals, and who bought their homes in the area in order to enjoy the peace and quiet of a sparsely populated idyll, and hope to keep it that way. And who can blame them?
Unfortunately for them, there are many more who will jump at the chance to have some real investment and economic development on their doorstep if it will offer their children an incentive to live and work in the area where they were brought up instead of heading for the exit sign as soon as they leave school.
And therein lies the true conflict in the Trump saga: it’s not about a sleight-of-hand planning process and the political capital that might be made by one party or another. It’s about local people having the same right as the rest of the country to enjoy economic prosperity, a thriving local economy and, above all, local jobs.
Trump will provide all of that, or at the very least, the opportunity to achieve it.
And that, unfortunately, is more important than maintaining an empty wilderness for the enjoyment of the few whose personal economic security was achieved before they moved to the area.