Policy Director Ross Martin quoted in an article in The Herald.
The Herald reported that "Edinburgh has been left behind as a shopping destination while Glasgow has given retailers what they want".
Ross was quoted in the piece saying:
"I do not think anybody in the public or private sector in my lifetime has got to grips with it.
"But I think they are beginning to understand that there needs to be proper rational discussion and explanation about what that role and function might be.
"It has been forced on them by the economic climate because they have always been complacent about that."