Like thousands of others I was very disappointed (but hardly surprised) at the way Donald Trump gained planning permission for his Menie Estate golf development. The cow-towing of politicians and business folk was embarassing and put a shame on the SNP government. If, like me, you’d like to give Donald trump an award - the worst planning decision of the year - in the 2009 Carbuncle Awards go to http://www.architecturescotland.co.uk/ and enter Donald and his couterie of pandering politicians and councillors for the Pock-Mark Award. Do we need more unspoiled sand dunes in Scotland? I think we do. Do we need more top class golf courses in Scotland? Certainly not. Do we need a planning process that is truly democratic and safe from the intervention of politicians? Up till now I thought we had one!