One of the most fundamentally disturbing programmes on the totalitarian reality of Scotland is becoming aired tonight, 21st October, at 10.00pm on BBC 2.
It is required viewing
You’ve been Trumped is a ninety minute documentary focusing on the residents living within the Menie estate in Aberdeenshire where Donald Trump has built the golf courses at the heart of what is planned to be a huge resort on the unique Site of Special Scientific Interest that was the dune system at Balmedie.
Quite apart from what it showed of the destructive reality of the building of the golf courses, it is the conduct of our own police force [Grampian Police] and the failure of our own public health authorities to protect the vulnerable that is of real and serious concern.
We think that words like ‘Stalinism’, ‘totalitarianism’ and ‘fascism’ always apply to ‘abroad’, to elsewhere – but never to here. We are offended that words like this might be applied to conditions in our own country.
What country ‘abroad’ or ‘elsewhere’ ever thought any differently from us as this sort of things happened in their place? It is only in retrospect that the accurate adjectives find room to be applied.
It is this blinkeredness that lets disease take root.
Just watch this programme on iplayer and ask yourself how content you are that what you see in the treatment of long standing residents is taking place in your country?
These are people who have been publicly maligned as profiteers and slum dwellers – but here you may see them for yourself and make up your own mind.
You will also see some treatment meted out to the mild mannered and legally compliant filmmakers which may give pause for thought.
This is not an issue of progress and change obstructed by troglodyte teuchters. This is about humanity, about core values, about place – and about nothing less than terrorism.
Put yourself in the position of the residents living in their homes during the events the documentary records.
What would you have felt? What would you have done? Where are you now? Is this OK by you?