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Teflon Don(ny) slides through Scottish Parliament’s hands and UWO

Believe it or not, I don’t spend my life looking for Trump farces – just reading the news is more than adequate.

But, having failed to pick up on anything relating to the matter of the Scottish Parliament ruling on investigating Trump’s sources of money, using an “unexplained wealth order”, I had to have a quick look.

The UWO is a  legal instrument which requires individuals to explain the source of wealth used to acquire property and other assets in the UK.

Donald Trump: Scottish Parliament should follow the money when voting on unexplained wealth order – Martyn McLaughlin

Eric Trump hits out at Scottish plan to debate his father’s golf courses

Incidentally, if you’ve never come across (severely delusional and showing signs of all the expected familial mental deficiencies) then his video outbursts are a handy reference – for example.

There’s a few comments about this performance, here:

Downward spiral, Don Jr just keeps deteriorating

While few ordinary people wouldn’t be able to avoid such an investigation, Donald J Trump appears to have been able to slip its grasp with ease.

Trump Cash

Trump Cash

Scottish lawmakers on Wednesday opted not to demand an investigation into former US president Donald Trump’s finances, amid concerns about how he funded the acquisition two golf courses in the country.

Members of the Scottish Green Party who initiated the vote have said there are questions to be answered about how the Trump Organization’s holdings in Scotland were acquired.

“There are serious concerns about how he financed the cash purchases of his Scottish golf courses,” Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie told The Scotsman newspaper ahead of the vote.

“The government must seek an unexplained wealth order to shine a light on Trump’s shadowy dealings,” he added.

The prospect of the vote sparked a spat between Harvie and Trump’s son Eric, a trustee and executive vice-president of the Trump Organisation.

“At a critical time when politicians should be focused on saving lives and reopening businesses in Scotland, they are focused on advancing their personal agendas,” Eric Trump said this week.

“If Harvie and the rest of the Scottish government continue to treat overseas investors like this, it will deter future investors from conducting business in Scotland, ultimately crushing their economy, tourism and hospitality industries.”

Harvie responded by accusing Eric Trump of throwing a “tantrum” and noted that his remarks did not detail “where his dad got the money to buy his Scottish golf courses”.

Trump’s visit to Turnberry on the Ayrshire coast prompted thousands to protest in Glasgow and Edinburgh in 2019, and he was heckled playing golf at the course.

Following the storming of the US Capitol by Trump supporters in January, the organisers of the British Open golf championship said the competition would not be staged at Turnberry for the “forseeable future”.

Last month, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had to warn the outgoing president that he should not visit Scotland during the coronavirus pandemic to play golf.

There are no specifics, and it doesn’t look as if there will be in the foreseeable future.

Interestingly, although it would seem the Scottish Parliament makes the ruling/decision, this seems to be based on advice from another department, responsible for deciding if there is sufficient evidence to proceed with any likelihood of success.

A Scottish government spokesman said this week that the decision was an “operational matter” for the Civil Recovery Unit, a Scottish enforcement authority.

“It would not be appropriate for the Scottish government to comment on this,” the spokesman added.

Scottish parliament votes against probing Trump finance

 

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