By a Newsnet reporter
BBC Scotland has reported that Glasgow Labour leader Gordon Matheson has apologised after being caught committing a sex act on another man in public.
Mr Matheson was apparently apprehended by police as he performed the act in a car and the matter was reported to the procurator fiscal, however it has emerged that the Labour councillor will not face charges.

According to Herald journalist Gerry Braiden, the Glasgow Council leader has admitted to an affair and says he has not lived up to his own standards and his partner deserves better.

The scandal is the latest to rock the Glasgow Labour party after Matheson replaced disgraced former leader Steven Purcell who resigned after admitting to using cocaine.

The full details of Mr Matheson’s alleged discretion have yet to be made public.  However, if true, it will become the latest in a series of scandals to hit the ruling Labour group.

Under the Labour party, Glasgow Council has been rocked by a series of scandals and accusations of corruption.  Labour party members have faced police investigations into alleged drug dealing, sexual harassment and corruption.

There have also been revelations of public funds ending up in party coffers and lucrative contracts being awarded to Labour party donors.

Gordon Matheson now faces a fight to see if his own career can be saved or if he will follow the same path as his predecessor Steven Purcell, who was forced to resign in disgrace.


# Nation Libre 2013-01-18 07:38
oh my, this SHOULD be the end of him then
# Astonished 2013-01-18 12:48
Has Mr Matheson been treated any differently from anyone else ?

Is it the norm for public indecency cases not to be prosecuted ?

Can newsnetscotland please find out (As no other news source will bother )?
# Angus 2013-01-18 07:48
Caught wi his breeks doon then!
I dare say that the 'Scottish' media will handle this with the discretion so as not to cause too much of a stir.
# mountaincadre 2013-01-18 07:53
Oh dear.
# UpSpake 2013-01-18 07:57
Unless senior labour individuals commit mass murder, what will it take for Glaswegians to wake up ?. How many disgraced Council Leaders/Councillors do you need ?. How many snouts in troughs, how many brown envelopes ?.
# Ben Power 2013-01-18 07:58
This opinion has naught to do with politics or preferences, but it is all about personal integrity.

If a person cannot be loyal, faithful and respectful to their own partner and family, how could anyone trust them to look after public interests they are entrusted with.

I do not care about his politics or sexuality but care very much about the personal integrity and give or remove support based on that.
# Jo Bloggs 2013-01-18 12:16
I am no lover of the Labour Party, but I would not rush to conflate difficulties in the emotionally fraught area of one's private life with an inability to properly discharge one's duties in the public arena. In other words, just because he's 'cheated' on his 'partner', it does not follow he is unfit for public office. The only person with a right to feel aggrieved is said 'partner'. The rest of us should keep out of it.
# Louperdowg 2013-01-18 08:05
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# Christian_Wright 2013-01-18 08:27
Here ye go.

Pathetic that it is not the lead story in these "newspapers", but it does get a front page lede to an inside page in the Record at least. The Herald, however, once again confirms its status as McPravda.

Here is the headline as it appears in the Herald:

"Fears for Glasgow council leader's future over sex act"

Here is the headline had it been an SNP council leader:

"Alex Salmond in crisis as SNP leader arrested for gay sex act in public. "

Actually, the Record is even worse than the Herald - this is their headline:

"Council chief Gordon Matheson issues public apology after being caught cheating on partner"

No mention of arrest or the sexual offence.
# Pat Riot 2013-01-18 08:15
100 promises Matheson !

Couldn't even be faithful to one person never mind the the people of the great city of Glasgow

Goodbye and Good Riddance
# flyingscotsman 2013-01-18 08:20
Disgraceful behaviour, he should resign.

And I wonder if this is why the George Square decision was delayed?
# EphemeralDeception 2013-01-18 08:23
This has nothing to do with his professional life, I don't really care what 2 consenting adults get up in a car (assuming prostitution was not involved). Perhaps his family are aware of his sexuality, perhaps not, not my business and I cannot pre judge.

Would have been an interesting challenge for the MSM/BBC if the other guy had been an SNP councillor. And, I guess Matheson supported the SNPs Gay marriage bill. ;)
# Nation Libre 2013-01-18 08:52
Really? Nothing to do with his professional life? Honesty, integrity, possible blackmail, not to mention it's an illegal activity. If this was in another large local authority, this would be a massive story
# gedguy2 2013-01-18 08:25
It seems that a council source said: “Gordon has been told the procurator fiscal has decided not to take any further action because of insufficient evidence a criminal act was committed."
This is a worrying development. He was caught by a POLICE OFFICER yet the prosecuting authorities don't have 'sufficient evidence'. One would have thought that the word of a POLICE OFFICER was more than sufficient.
# mealer 2013-01-18 08:36
this has everything to do with his professional life! He is an elected official who has been caught having sex in a public place.That is illegal for very good reasons.He has chosen to flout the law and in so doing has brought Glasgow Council into disrepute.
# EphemeralDeception 2013-01-18 10:35
As I said, personally I don't care and I am comfortable with my own moral standards without moralizing over others.
I and millions of others across the globe have had sexual encounters in a car, illegal or not. Not with the same sex in my case, but so what.

This is not a scandal in my book. A scandal, is Illegal weapons, illegal wars, corruption, murder, crimes against humanity, large scale fraud, extraordinary rendition ... largely unpunished and common practice in the UK hegemony and above the law.

Catching the pennies while missing the pounds is of no interest to me.

Bootnote: What brings Glasgow council into disrepute is what goes on in office: cronyism, bullying, fraud and corruption.
# 1314 2013-01-18 11:32
Thanks ED for some even handed sanity. This article and the majority of comments are an aspect of NNS I can do without.

If Mr Matheson is suspected of an offence under our law as it stands then he should be charged - if not, then there is no charge to be made.

Anything to do with his political career should be left to the Labour party and I dearly hope that the SNP in Glasgow will stay well clear of this.

The fact that the media treatment for an SNP councillor might be different is irrelevant - we do our cause no favours by reducing ourselves to the tactics of the other side. And arguing that they started it is playground stuff.
# nemo 2013-01-18 12:16
I fail to see why infidelity should necessarily mean a failure to be honest in other aspects of one's life. The important point, as noted above, is whether there has been dishonesty in his professional life and if there is, that should be investigated and punished. As to 'sex in a car' being illegal for very good reasons - what good reasons?? Unless it's in the middle of Sauchiehall Street causing a traffic obstruction or parked halfway up a playground slide - people have sex - get over it! The main concern here should be about potential for blackmail and for that he's been extremely silly to have left himself open to that possibility. That might just constitute reason to resign from public office but I am undecided about that. Depends on the specifics of who was in the car perhaps?
# Louperdowg 2013-01-18 08:42
I assume that lessons have already been learned and a line drawn under it by the Labour Party.

Nothing to see, now move along...
# Spirtle 2013-01-18 08:51
Guess there will be a load of media management going on similar to the whole Steven Purcell affair.

Is there more to this story? Will we ever know?
# Leswil 2013-01-18 09:25
Oh, this made me laugh this morning, I wonder what his voters will think now?
I always thought he was never good enough for the people of Glasgow.
# loveme2times 2013-01-18 09:30
O/T Stop the press the scotsman has a balanced story for once, I just about fell off my seat!!
# Union City Blues 2013-01-19 10:18
Please don't do that. I have managed to go months not reading the Scotsman. It was a decent article. Then I started reading the comments. Then I lost the will to live.
# ds12 2013-01-18 09:38
What this shows is just how rotten our media are. The labour party in Glasgow has been rotten to the core for years.Nationally they are on a campaign of lies and smear tactics that even one of their ex leaders can't accept but it takes this to make a headline.
Won't surprise anyone here but the media's priorities are all wrong.
# alexb 2013-01-18 09:45
Just a thought. If Mathewson does go, does that mean we get Mr Lamont, Archie Graham, in his place? Two numpties heading the Labour "machine". Can it get any better?
# Breeks 2013-01-18 09:59
I hate to comment on such conduct, but this isn't just a question of morals or muck raking. If only it was. He is an elected public official caught committing lewd and embarrassing sexual acts in public.
Suppose for a minute it wasn't the police who caught him, but some other group of individuals seeking illicit leverage over people in power? "Do this or we'll tell your wife, do that or we'll publish the photos..."
It may sound like something from a cheesy spy novel, but people in power cannot afford to act like this and expect to remain in office.

That isn't self righteous indignation, but objective reality. I don't mean to infer any direct link to Gordon Matheson, but how many people were shamed, threatened, blackmailed or bribed into keeping their silence about Saville, or the childrens care home abuse?

Just think for a moment where and how corruption can get started and the consequences which can follow.
# Zed 2013-01-18 10:28
Can see this being swept under the carpet by the Unionist media very, very quickly.
Still no report on the BBC Scotland website for instance.
If he's Gay then it's a non-story. But a Council Leader of one of Scotland's biggest councils getting caught commiting a sex act in public IS a very big story!
# Davy 2013-01-18 10:46
I totaly agree with you "Zed" this is a very big story, and if the BBBC and MSM try to trivulise this or ignore it, it will be an utter disgrace, but surprisly would not be unexpected either.
# davemsc 2013-01-18 11:02
It is on the BBC website.
# fynesider 2013-01-18 13:20

18 January 2013 Last updated at 10:13

Glasgow council leader Gordon Matheson reported over alleged indecency

Gordon Matheson has apologised for "falling below his own standards"
# Mei 2013-01-18 10:49
This reminds me of an ex-workmate who was caught in a dark council carpark with a young lady in similar circumstances. The police constable asked him what he was playing at and he quickly responded that the reason he was crouching between her legs was because he had dropped his lighter, the helpful constable handed him his torch in order to find it.

Gordon Matheson, in future have a good excuse ready!
# Louperdowg 2013-01-18 10:57
Erm, I was looking for his Ronson.
# davemaci 2013-01-18 12:34

A council source said: “This has been a devastating time for him ...

A council source
- I think it's telling that even his colleagues at the council support him from a position of annonymity - pretty cowardly of them.
# drumsmudden 2013-01-18 12:44
# Jim Johnston 2013-01-18 12:51
Never mind this run of the mill Unionist soft porn news.
I'm totally disgusted by the black lies splattered in the Scotsman story.
"HIGH oil prices and the introduction of North Sea tax breaks led to bumper investment in UK waters last year, fuelling hopes of a strong 2013 for the industry."
It's a godamn unionist lie. The oil is finished, running out, gone for ever, and not worth a candle. EVERYBODY KNOWS THIS FOR A FACT !!!, just ask any anti-Independence wallah, he'll tell you.

Why is the Scotsman persisting with a blatant bloody lie ????, are they trying to scare Scotland into Independence or something.
# maisiedotts 2013-01-18 12:55
There are a couple of points here that are important.

a) a member of the public was offended by their behaviour and reported them, I don't see his apology to that person included in his public apology.

b) This sort of behaviour leaves him wide open to blackmail.

c) If he hadn't been caught would he be apologising or changing his behaviour?

d) This is far below the level of "acceptable" behaviour we should expect from elected representatives never mind the leader of the ruling party of our biggest city council.
# proudscot 2013-01-18 13:10
I agree that a person's sexual orientation should have no relevance or influence on his/her chosen profession. However I am also of the opinion that given Councillor Matheson's position as leader of ANY local council, he should have more sense than to indulge in any kind of such sexual behaviour in public, given the obvious risk of being discovered.

Whether we like it or not, if someone chooses to be in a high profile public office, such as a council leader, then this comes with attendant responsibilitie s. One of these must surely be the exercise of discretion in one's private life and activities.

I think his "wooing" of the Orange Order in a blatant attempt to influence their members' voting intentions, is actually a much more serious breach of his public office responsibilitie s, than any other kind of "wooing" he has indulged in.
# Corm 2013-01-18 13:29
If he wasnt in politics this may not have been a story
The facts and the reason why it matters are simple. He is in a civil partnership and i assume taken some sort of comitment vows to his partner. If he can break those vows to the person that should be closest to him or at least of a high enough regard and importance to warrant a civil partnership then how can he be trusted with anything in a public office?
# theunicorn 2013-01-18 14:34
Of course his behaviour matters.This is about the standards
of those in public office and he has brought the COUNCIL into
disrepute. Is it not also the case that he was a Justice of the peace and sits on the police board. What message does the
failure by the PF to take action send out to those charged for similar indiscretions. Remember this follows on from the issues regarding the previous holder of his office. Enough is enough the people of Glasgow deserve better. Mathieson was well aware of the consequences of his actions. Unless he thought he was untouchable ......he should go now
# farrochie 2013-01-18 14:34
We have a REFERENDUM coming. Clean up your act!
None of the following are acceptable behaviours from politicians, party staff and people involved in promoting the yes/no cases:

- accepting illegal or dubious donations
- getting drunk, driving under the influence, assaulting people, unjustly criticising people while the tape is running (or not)
- engaging in any activity that could compromise the fairness of the Referendum
- claiming expenses that are not wholly justified
-Making sectarian tweets
-Committing acts in public that you would not wish your granny to observe
# farrochie 2013-01-18 14:50
Do not bully or mistreat your staff, or leak privileged information about them that you have access to.
Don’t embarrass your spokesman by feeding them with incorrect information or bs for their questions or answers ; check your facts!
Don’t sent e-mails, texts or tweets, or make calls that could embarrass your party and Scotland. There are no secrets.

We WILL find out about it.

# farrochie 2013-01-18 15:39
I call these the "farrochie principles", they don't look too onerous to me. I suggest they are read by all party members and anyone representing the Yes and No campaigns.
# Skip_NC 2013-01-18 14:52
Anyone remember Brian McGinley, the football referee, and what happened to him when he was similarly entangled?
# cokynutjoe 2013-01-18 15:15
You couldn't make it up! well you could but that's "Borgen" fur ye!
# thomsor 2013-01-18 15:30
I have noticed that BBC Scotland when doing their usual labour party propaganda story often shown the said Mr Matheson getting cosy, very cosy, with labour MSPs on a bridge, possibly over the Clyde. I guess we will not be getting to see that one again on BBC Scotland.
# pmcrek 2013-01-18 18:38
Hands up anyone who has indulged in a sexual act in public? I'm assuming thats most people.

Now lower your hand if you were under the age of 24 and/or drunk and/or in politics.
# rhymer 2013-01-18 19:53
Both ITV and the BBC had a report on "Glasgow Council leader, betrays partner and gets caught in in a car performing sex act on another man". ITV was neutral - but the BBC sandwiched their report between an old bit of. disproven labour press release and then some bit of stupid innuendo involving A. Salmond.

# bringiton 2013-01-18 20:58
I suppose that if a president of the USA can ride out a similar storm there is no reason why a Glasgow councillor can't also.
However,he will have to put up with a fair amount of ridicule and abuse which is possibly not what Glasgow needs running up to the Commonwealth games.
# gerrydotp 2013-01-18 21:06
There is a difference between "Glasgow" and "The people who run Glasgow City Council"
A bit of ridicule and abuse is what these suckers need.
# govanite 2013-01-18 22:40
We've aw tae contact Eleanor Bradford fae the BBC Labour Party. She's oan the case fur big Jackie.

Outrageous politicisation.

And why is the comparison always with England ?
Unless you compare all attributes, the evidence is skewed and flawed.
# Hirta 2013-01-18 23:06

circa 3mins

"No (Labour Councillor) job for life"....
# .Scot 2013-01-18 23:36
"It's all the SNP's fault" writes one Loony Labour nitwit in the Herald. Apparently this libidinous and licentious act of public indecency "exposes the nastiness of the SNP" writes the supporter of international acts of terrorism, mass murder, tortures and expenses frauds.

Why are Labour leaders of the Scottish branch of MSPs (McLeish, McConnell, Alexander, Gray) far quicker to resign than disgraced leaders of the Labour gang in Glasgow?

Are the papers such as the Herald accurate in describing Council Leader Mathieson as a HERO for delivering Glasgow from a Scottish Government onslaught?
# rodmac 2013-01-19 07:25
I had a poetic mickey take on matheson yesterday, but I see that my link to it has been removed from this site. I can only assume that a moderator took exception to it, I haven't been informed the reason why?
However, that is neither here nor there, not everyone would necessarily share my sense of humour, nor see what I was really getting at exactly. That's fair enough.

However, I have since written a much weightier serious piece, which doesn't mention Matheson, but does have serious questions to ask of those on positions of influence within the anti-independence camp and their complete lack of respect for the people of Scotland, whilst serving their own ends.

# .Scot 2013-01-19 10:41
Quoting rodmac:

Thanks for the link rodmac! It's educational, informative & enlightening. I am sure many others are jealous of your writing style.

# Dundonian West 2013-01-19 11:37
Agree. An excellent piece.
# alexb 2013-01-19 09:40
Purcell given "words of warning" when dealing with drug dealers. Mathieson not prosecuted due to "insufficient evidence". Anyone else see a pattern developing here? Exactly what crime do Labour politicians have to commit before having to face justice?
# curley bill 2013-01-19 13:06
Join the SNP?
# HighlandBark 2013-01-19 11:16
In to-day's P&J, this story runs alongside another - 'A man caught performing a sex act in a car...........was sentenced to a community payback order and placed under social work supervision for three years'.


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