AN OPEN LETTER TO 
SCOTLAND’S FIRST MINISTER, ALEX SALMOND

To: 

Rt Hon Alex Salmond MSP

First Minister

T4.26

The Scottish Parliament

Edinburgh

EH99 1SP


Via email: 

Alex.Salmond.msp@scottish.parliament.uk



From: 

Anthony Baxter

Director

You've Been Trumped

Montrose Pictures Ltd

Bridge Street

Montrose

Angus

DD10 8AB



31 October 2011



Dear Mr Salmond


I am writing to invite you to a forthcoming screening of our multi-award winning documentary You've Been Trumped in Edinburgh.  I am also writing to clearly set out why I think it is important that as First Minister of Scotland you should make time to watch the film.  


By now, you may well have received correspondence from around the world, prompted by You've Been Trumped, following screenings which have packed out cinemas in the United States, Canada and across Scotland.  


The audiences have left theatres with many unanswered questions and a sense of anger over why the Scottish Government gave Donald Trump the go ahead to build a golf resort, on what the scientists describe as 'the crown jewels' of this country's natural heritage.  Cinema-goers also feel let down by a Government which has claimed to want a 'greener Scotland', yet appears willing to allow dubious economic claims to outweigh very serious environmental concerns.  There is also a growing feeling that the proud residents of the Menie Estate have been treated in an appalling way by the Trump Organisation and a deep dissatisfaction with the way Grampian Police has been doing its job.


In the film, you say that the Trump resort will create '6,000 jobs across Scotland'.  Mr Trump himself claimed to me at a news conference in Aberdeen last year '100s of people are planting the marram grass'.  Leaving aside the fact that the scientists tell us stabilising a Site of Special Scientific Interest is the worst possible thing you can do, figures obtained by The Herald under freedom of information legislation reveal 'a dozen unskilled labourers' planted this grass and not the 100s claimed by Mr Trump.  It is also the case that an Irish contractor has been building Trump golf course number one.


Following the London premiere of You've Been Trumped at the British Film Institute on the South Bank, Emeritus Professor Paul Cheshire of the London School of Economics said the number of jobs created by the Trump resort, would be 'closer to zero' rather than the '1000s' claimed by yourself and Mr Trump.  His assertion was recently backed up in The Guardian by Bob Ward, policy and communications director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science. 


Recently You've Been Trumped won its fourth major award - the Victor Rabinowitz and Joanne Grant Award for Social Justice at the Hamptons International Film Festival in New York.  This is an important award, as it is given to the film that best exhibits the values of peace, equality and global justice, in honour of two people who spent their entire lives fighting for those values.   We have dedicated this award to the dignified local residents of the Menie Estate.


You may also be aware that the film won the Green Award (the UK's top environmental prize for documentaries) at the Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival.  There, the jury lauded You've Been Trumped for 'exposing one of the most shocking environmental crimes in recent UK history'.  


The film was also awarded the Special Jury Prize at Michael Moore's Traverse City Film Festival.  And last month the Edindocs Festival in Edinburgh, awarded You've Been Trumped the Scottish Screen Archive Prize, meaning that a copy of the film will be kept in the vaults of the National Library of Scotland as an historical document forever.  


An educational pack has been produced for schoolchildren in Ontario which you can see here.  A similar pack was produced for schoolchildren in Dundee and we are currently working on plans for a roll out of educational materials for schools across Scotland and elsewhere.  


I know that you were unable to attend the film's Scottish premiere in Aberdeen in June and also subsequent invitations to screenings in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness have been declined, as was our invitation to the screening at the Scottish Parliament last month.  


However, as Donald Trump continues to write to you objecting to the construction of an off-shore wind farm off Aberdeenshire's coast, claiming it will 'ruin the view' for golfers, I would urge you to come and watch You've Been Trumped when it returns to Edinburgh in November.  


The film will be showing at the following cinemas and at these times: 


Monday 7th November 18:00 Cameo Cinema, Edinburgh

Friday 18th November 20.15 Filmhouse Cinema Edinburgh

Saturday 19th November 13:00 Filmhouse Cinema Edinburgh

Saturday 19th November 17:45 Filmhouse Cinema Edinburgh

Sunday 20th November 18:15 Filmhouse Cinema Edinburgh


I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience. 


Yours sincerely


Anthony Baxter

Director

You've Been Trumped