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Sex and statues - the George Square farce continues

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It’s safe to say the competition to overhaul Glasgow’s George Square has not run smoothly

After hitches with the initial procurement process - including last minute changes of mind by Glasgow City Council about what it wanted from entrants - there has been something of a mini-revolt about the potential relocation of the statues currently inhabiting the space.

A protest is apparently due to be held tomorrow by Glaswegians irked that monuments to Walter Scott and others may be shipped out to homes elsewhere.

Yesterday the anonymous contest took another twist when it emerged that the jury could not agree on a winner - sources claim four judges plumped for one scheme but council leader and panel chair Gordon Matheson wanted another. A decision due today was pushed back a week.

Overnight rumours went around the competition was going to be canned completely due to the disagreements - though a council spokesman categorically denied the process would be scrapped.

Then, out of left field (certainly beyond the square), reports emerged that Matheson had been reported to the procurator fiscal by police over an alleged indecency with another man.

The city council leader told the BBC: ‘I have been having an affair. I have fallen below my own standards and my loving partner deserves better.’

Would Matheson remain in council? Who knows.Anything could happen in the George Square fiasco….

[Read also Glasgow says goodbye to Sir Walter Scott]

The George Square shortlist:

• Agence Ter (France) with Hengehan Peng and Atmos
• Burns + Nice (UK)
• Gustafson Porter (UK)
• James Corner Field Operations with Gillespies and Make Architects (USA)
• jmarchitects with Graeme Massie Architects (UK)
• John McAslan & Partners (UK)

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