Journo-terrorist Mira BarHillel, the architectural 'critic' who loves to make us wince, shows no sign of stopping her one-woman campaign against Richard Rogers and (currently) Norman Foster. In London's Evening Standard recently, she has been meticulous in promoting the self-serving, greedy and hypocritical Baltic Exchange in its bid to stop Foster's so-called gherkin building from seeing the light of day. This led to hilarious headlines claiming the tower would 'wreck London's skyline', accompanied by a photograph showing exactly the opposite.
Now the Standard has switched the attack to the case of the south portico in the British Museum. A big two-page shock horror spread last week concluded with that dread phrase: 'Additional reporting: Mira Bar-Hillel'. The repulsive chauvinist hysteria about using oh-so-dazzling French limestone instead of Portland stone is par for the course. But then if you don't like foreigners, you shouldn't be so obsessed with the rebuilding of a classical portico, should you?