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Donald, Donald Get Tae F**k

Posted by EuanBenzie on April 8th, 2010

Donald, Donald, Get Tae F**k

Ah yes, Donald Trump and his golf course, well where can I start? Should I start with the sleaze involved to bend the rules for its potential approval or just highlight the overwhelming arguments against golf course that Aberdeenshire council were oblivious to notice?
What a state of affairs! One minute Aberdeenshire council has turned it down but what’s this? It’s the SNP and their pro-business and anti-environmental policy makers. They decided it was their business to basically over throw Aberdeenshire Council. We have great people ruling at Hollyrood don’t we? They can’t even trust local authorities to make decisions. It’s called democracy and it seems like the SNP don’t know the basic principle of it. All of these councillors are elected by the people to make decisions for the people in Aberdeenshire (they sometimes don’t but it is their job to do so). The main sleaze point of this is that the SNP did not intervene until the course was turned down, now would they intervene after an election result so they get their way? I would not put it beyond them. The SNP were basically expecting a golf course for their Christmas but got a lump of coal and like a bunch of spoilt wee gabshites they stamped their feet and held a strop and illegally made sure Trump got to get his golf course so he can add and billion of two to his bank account and apparently give the people what they want. Who actually wanted this? 13% according to the latest YouGov poll.
“This project will increase employment in the area. We sometimes have to think of the social benefits over the environmental benefits”. That was the most pathetic answer from an Aberdeenshire councillor from Kincardine after being confronted by an SSP member in Portlethen (I wonder who that was?!). Increase employment? Well it will but these jobs are going to be pish. They will be long hours, poorly paid, temporary and seasonal jobs. Donald Trump is not building this golf course out of the kindness of his own heart so the unemployed can get employed. As I have said the jobs will be in the kitchens of the complex, cleaning the hotels. There will also be jobs on the course itself but considering it is in one of the most exposed areas of the coast, the weather can mean lead to the course being closed for weeks; do you think the green keepers will be paid by the Trump organisation when his course can’t run because of its location? I won’t even bother answering that!
I am absolutely baffled by Aberdeenshire council’s decision to potentially let Trump use compulsory purchase orders! Let’s take a step back. Even if he gets his golf course he surly can’t be allowed to force people out of their houses. Isn’t that against their…oh what are they called…. human rights?! Patrick Harvie MSP of the Green Party stated that “Compulsory purchase was meant for public projects that serve the common good, not as a lever the rich can use to pry people from their homes for profit.” In this case the CPOs are being used by the rich as a lever to pry people from their homes. It is sad that even in the 21st century the government are endorsing a direct attack on the most vulnerable in society by the rich so they can get slightly richer.
To sum up how thick the Trump organisation are; they claimed that their “golf course” (which is basically a misplaced housing scheme) will replace the oil industry. Good luck with that, just take into consideration that 33,000 people in Aberdeen are employed by the oil industry and an additional 400,000 across the UK. So this scheme will have more than 433,000 jobs, just under 10% of Scotland’s population will be employed by Donald Trump! NOOOOO!!!!!

Euan Benzie

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One Response to “Donald, Donald Get Tae F**k”

  1. Nicky Kriisa Says:

    Aye, your right there Euan about the pish job opportunitys that will be open to the public, from Donald Trumps golf course.

    Like a mate of mine is a golf course greenkeeper. He told me about how most of the jobs as greenkeepers are only seasonal, from about april to november- meaning for the other half of the year you will have to find meaningless employment rather than greenkeeping, your chosen profession. And normaly, the typical golf course only requires 4-6 greenkeepers at a time anyways, so its hardly going to require many staff to maintain the course- and out of those lets say 6 greenkeepers, 2 or 3 will be seasonal positions. To add to this, the rate of pay for greenkeepers in private golf clubs, such as trumps, tend to be lower than the pay for greenkeepers in local council run golfcourses. Most greenkeepers in private clubs dont expect to earn much more than minimum wage, provided they are not the head greenkeeper.

    As for access to the course itself, how many members of the public in Aberdeen will actually use the golf course? Very few i will assure you, since the fees for a game of golf on the course will probably be in the region of £100-£150 in line with prices of other professional courses such as St.Andrews at £130 a round! And of course, membership will be in its thousands of pounds, and on top of that, due to the closed network that is golf clubs, you will need to know people to put you forward for consideration for membership, to even get in the club, in the first place.

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