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The changing faces of Gurbux Singh

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There seem to be four versions of Gurbux Singh at large.

The first, when chief executive of Haringey Council, supported the design of the International Centre For Performing Arts and wrote a paper accusing the council of 'institutional racism' earlier this year.

The second version, chairman of Commission for Racial Equality, wants to strike fear into the heart of the architectural profession and construction industry.

Yet another Gurbux Singh, talking to the AJ, was able to state categorically - and without the benefit of an investigation - that the planning process is not institutionally racist.

The fourth Mr Singh, drink in hand at the Prince's Foundation last week, encouraged me to challenge racism in the planning system. He and his chums had taken on the establishment (and won) in their revolutionary youth, he said.

Are any of these versions of Gurbux Singh related? I think we should be told.

Elsie Owusu Elsie Owusu Architects

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