The American billionaire tycoon, Donald Trump, has been accused of buying up government expertise to advise him about the problem of Scottish homeowners who won't sell to make way for his luxury golf resort.
The Trump organisation has employed Ann Faulds, who previously advised the former Scottish Executive on its policies for compulsory purchases of land for development.
According to one critic, this shows that power is being “bought and sold for Trumpton gold”. But the accusation has been forcefully rejected by Trump, with his senior aide attacking the media for spreading “shit”.
On Thursday Aberdeenshire Council is due to discuss whether or not to use compulsory purchase powers against the owners of four homes on the Menie estate, near Balmedie. Trump says that these properties are “critical” to his controversial plans for two championship golf courses, 1,450 new homes and a 450-bed hotel.