Scotland should be grateful having Donald Trump tell us what to do

Portrait image of Donald Trump at the Menie Estate golf course. Quality image.
Pointing in the right direction: Donald Trump at the Menie Estate golf course© SWNS Group

Devil’s Advocate is a regular column assuming an alternate viewpoint on a topical subject of the week.

Ah, ‘The Donald’, whatever happened?

It appeared a slam dunk – the charismatic business tycoon would come over to Scotland, build the world’s greatest golf course alongside a fancy new hotel and we’d all be winners.

Except that’s not quite how it happened. Indeed, after the airing of documentary You’ve Been Trumped on TV this week, everybody seems to be taking turns to put the boot into Trump.

The local council, the police, the government – no authority is safe from the accusation that they cosied up to the incomer, casting aside any notion of impartiality in the process that led to the creation of the fantastic-looking Trump International Golf Links. (Which, can I just say, looks absolutely breathtaking. Good job sir!)

It's a crying shame, for Donald Trump ought to be a Scottish hero right now.

He’s done more for us than so-called icons such as Sir Sean Connery or Billy Connolly ever have, those home-grown stars fleeing to pastures new as soon as they had the chance. Here’s a man from the other side of the Atlantic who came here not only to embrace his roots, but to give something back to a country which had no right to expect anything.

We certainly should never have tried to shoo this brilliant businessman away with pitchforks like dumb village idiots, being dense enough to imagine that our own meagre “not in my backyard” concerns were in any way comparable to his grand plans.

Trump brought with him a blueprint guaranteed to benefit Scotland economically – yet somehow in the midst of a recession we thought we could afford to turn that down? If anybody seriously thought that was a viable possibility, they need a serious reality check.

The development of the golf course could also have helped our reputation, showing those outside the country that, no, we aren’t anywhere near as backward as were portrayed by Braveheart, a bunch of heathens who go to war any time a foreigner ventures into our territory. WHOOPS.

What Trump has shown us is that we’ve for far too long valued such outdated values as respect for others, tolerance of their points of view, an empathetic understanding of what they care about, and an unwillingness to screw over a bunch of elderly people to make a few more bucks.

Here was a man with a clear vision, and who went about achieving his aims in a purposeful and transparent manner.

It wasn’t him apparently resorting to underhand tricks such as buying up land then refusing to sell it, was it? On his quest for the betterment of humanity he seems to have encountered a group of individuals who put their own vested interest (in remaining in their homes) over the greater good.

Yet somehow it’s Trump who’s seen as a selfish narcissist?

He was never thinking only about himself – as a businessman he couldn’t afford to. His goals were wider and grander, and we should have embraced his go-getting ways, rather than reacting against him and making ourselves look like a bunch of tartan-clad troglodytes.

Indeed, with the environment concerns cited he agreed to a series of checks and controls, providing government with legal oversights to ensure remaining plant species and wildlife were fully protected. That doesn’t sound like the actions of a stubborn oaf to me.

And to point out a hypocrisy that seems rarely mentioned, it’s disgusting that Trump is so often accused of bullying behaviour by those who think nothing of then making fun of his appearance (his hair in particular).

Though those critics claim the moral high ground, they resort to utilising silly schoolyard tactics the first chance they get. Yet somehow Trump is again the one criticised if he dares to issue some blunt words towards those who seem to make it their civic duty to irritate and harass him as much as possible.

It's a one-sided witch-hunt. Because Trump is rich and portrayed as having a thick skin, idiots convince themselves that it's fine to fling personal abuse at him. If you dare to defend him you're on the side of the 'big guy', the wrong side. What kind of lesson is that to teach our kids?

We have a man who came from nothing to make something for himself and who wanted to do the same for a small area of our country – turning it into a beautiful location attracting visitors from around the world.

Instead of appreciating that and rightfully praising Trump, we have bullied the poor man while trying to portray ourselves as the victims in all of this, which is one of the most pathetic tricks you can pull. It’s to Donald Trump’s credit that he has remained true to his cause – but of course, that’s why he is where he is and we’re left floundering in his wake.

Scotland ought to be ashamed of how it has harangued a man who has been the best champion we could hope to have. Thankfully, Trump hasn’t still given up on us, so if we have any sense we ought to apologise to him, then let him do whatever the hell he wants without letting the plebs get in his way for another second longer.

The avalanche of fury needs to stop, and The Donald should be given the freedom of the country. Indeed, let’s give him a gold-plated Trump card – aha! – that he can use to wheedle his way out of any tricky situations. (You know, without having to resort to logical argument.) He’s got far better things to be doing and – just because we don’t – that doesn’t mean that Scotland’s saviour ought to suffer for it. Please don’t give up on us just yet Donald.

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