Somebody called Zoë Heller, who writes a Bridget Jonesstyle column from Manhattan for the Daily Telegraph, aired her ample ignorance and prejudice in last Saturday's edition. She had been to a meeting of the New York Historical Society to hear Daniel Libeskind talking about 'Monument and Memory', a title she found rather pompous.
Obviously something lighter, trendier and more designerly would be appropriate for the memorial at the World Trade Center site. She started with some abuse, describing Libeskind as 'a diminutive middle-aged man with a silver brush-cut, a mod suit and hip-to-be-ugly, rectangular spectacles. He looks like a Mike Myers villain'. OK, she is funny.
Half way through her column, headlined 'Keep the V&A spiral man away from Ground Zero', she reveals: 'OK, OK, I have never been inside any of Libeskind's buildings, so I cannot state with authority that his particular brand of theoretical claptrap has never yielded a beautiful or compelling environment.' If the Telegraph wants to be a home to ignorance puffed up into meaningful opinion, it should make Heller the editor. There must be a place in the world for dozy Sloanes.