The day after I took this
photo, an article appeared in the Evening News saying that the
statue, which has only been in place for a few months, is unpopular with
the new leadership of Edinburgh City Council. Several councillors
were quoted in the newspaper:
- Councillor Cardownie, SNP group leader and deputy council leader
described the statue as "dreadful ... political correctness gone mad
... like a window cleaner who has lost his ladder."
He added: " I wouldn't shed any tears if he were moved
- New planning leader, Jim Lowrie said: "This sculpture
is far from ideal, particularly because he's male. I know, myself,
that has caused a lot of complaints from council staff."
- Labour group leader, Ewan Aitken, said: "My own
preference for an outdoor work of art would've been for something more
imaginative and impressive than this"
- Tory councillor Elaine Aitken who was on the cross-party
group that helped to choose the statue said: "This was the best
of the designs that we saw. I think people will grow to
Edinburgh Evening News: July 7, 2007, p.3