Interesting posts over at Moridura, contrasting the demonising of Glasgow granny Margaret Jaconelli with the sympathetic media treatment given to more middle class householders battling Donald Trump. Jaconelli, who you will remember is facing forcible eviction to make way for the Commonwealth Games, won't accept the 30k Glasgow City Council have offered in compensation for the loss of her home and the general disruption to her life. I actually disagree with Moridura regarding the Aberdeenshire residents - as do an number of his posters who feel that a precious area of Scotland is being privatised. I initially felt the environmentalist opponents were a tiny and unrepresentative minority - the North East community welcomed Trump's plans. Now I am less sure. Is the development still as popular? I don't think anyone should be forcibly deprived of their home for a private development. However this will not happen and Donald Trump himself recognises that.
I do, however, agree that there is a double standard in the way both stories are covered. Moridura points out that many parcels of land have changed hands for considerable sums in the past - particularly where Labour councils and developers are concerned. Can I add a little detail? Willie Haughey, the major Labour donor, made £700,000 from a sale of land in Rutherglen, it was reported earlier this year. It was not the first lucrative public sector deal he has pulled off.