[This is the headline over a report that appeared in The Scotsman on this date in 2012. It reads in part:]
Tycoon Donald Trump has been accused of “sinking to a new low” and being “sick” for linking his opposition to wind farms in Scotland to the Lockerbie disaster.
The Scottish Green Party has lodged a complaint with the Advertising Standards Authority over a controversial advert published in two regional newspapers.
In the full-page advert, the US billionaire – who has publicly denounced plans for an offshore wind farm near his new golf resort in Aberdeenshire – urges the public to protest against First Minister Alex Salmond’s support for renewable energy.
Under the banner “Is this the future for Scotland?” his protest displays a picture of a huge wind farm in California. It states: “Tourism will suffer and the beauty of your country is in jeopardy!
“This is the same mind that backed the release of terrorist al-Megrahi, ‘for humane reasons’ – after he ruthlessly killed 270 people on Pan-Am flight 103 over Lockerbie.”
Green Party co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP said: “Trump has sunk to a new low. Linking renewables policy to Lockerbie victims is sick.
“Not only did he have no shred of evidence that tourism would suffer when we quizzed him during the parliament’s inquiry into renewables, he has already been censured by the authorities for placing similar anti-renewables adverts.
“Trump’s organisation has already trashed a unique environment on the coast of Aberdeenshire and trampled on the rights of local people.
“Now he appears to be determined to buy up chunks of the Scottish press. It’s vital that Scotland doesn’t allow a bully to think he can flash his cash and get his own way.”