I became an American citizen a couple of weeks ago. One of the reasons was that I couldn’t bear the thought of missing out on voting in another election. Little did I know when I applied last year that it would be such a contentious one!

Coming from Scotland and having recently visited old haunts with my grandson, I will say that the most popular topic of discussion was Trump, who is almost universally detested by Scots because of his, for want of a better word, despoilment of the countryside for profit motives. What was a site of special scientific interest, a beautiful area of sand dunes in north east Aberdeenshire, was bulldozed by him to create a golf course. As if there aren’t already enough of those in Scotland. He manipulated the Scottish government somehow (we won’t ask how) into repealing the original planning permit decision of the local authority.

A lot of water has gone under the bridge since then and Trump has made many more pronouncements that are completely contrary to Scottish values. Fortunately, the Scottish government subsequently saw his true colors and stripped Trump of his title as honorary business ambassador to Scotland. Robert Gordon University in Aberdeenshire also took away his honorary degree in business administration.

Everyone I spoke to on my recent travels round Scotland was horrified at the thought of someone with such low moral standards becoming president. Glasgow taxi drivers are the touchstone for common sense and they tell it like it is — “that Trump, he’s a dangerous man!”

Anne Smith


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