Praise for ‘Trumped’ farmer

THE PRODUCERS of ‘You’ve Been Trumped’ have welcomed the award of ‘Top Scot’ to an Aberdeenshire farmer who appeared in their multi award-winning documentary.

Michael Forbes, a vociferious opponent of Donald Trump’s multi-million pound golf development at Menie on the Aberdeenshire coast, won the accolade at the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards after a public vote.

Mr Forbes, who refused to sell his land next to the new golf course, had previously been called a “disgrace to Scotland” by Mr Trump who also said that he “lives like a pig”.

Previous winners of the ‘Top Scot’ award have included writers J.K. Rowling, Alexander McCall Smith and Ian Rankin, six-time Olympic Gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy and international singing star Susan Boyle.

This year Mr Forbes attended the ceremony at Prestonfield House in Edinburgh on Friday to receive his award from broadcaster Kirsty Wark.

‘You’ve Been Trumped’ director Anthony Baxter said: “We are absolutely delighted for Michael, who has conducted himself with such dignity during these trying years. Perhaps the award will lay to rest once and for all the claims of both Mr Trump and First Minister Alex Salmond that there is widespread public support for tearing up a protected conservation area to build a luxury golf course for jet-setting American golfers.”

The organisers have said it is the first time the award has been won by a “non-celebrity”. Other award winners included tennis star Andy Murray, but Mr Forbes pipped them all to the top honour.

A campaign to name Michael Forbes Top Scot gained momentum after the broadcast of You’ve Been Trumped on the BBC in October, which Donald Trump’s legal team tried to block, was viewed by more than one million people.

Following the broadcast, First Minister Alex Salmond was forced to break his two-year silence on the intimidation of residents and journalists at the site of the Trump golf course development, asking Grampian police for an explanation of the police intimidation depicted in the film. Mr Salmond has since been accused of misleading those who have complained about the treatment of local residents and the film-makers behind ‘You’ve Been Trumped’.