The Holocaust Memorial planned for Victoria Tower Gardens may not receive planning permission from Westminster Council, and this is right, even if every living prime minister supports it.
I suppose they have to say they want a Holocaust Memorial in the shadow of Parliament, even if there was no Holocaust of British Jews. To say the opposite would be too complicated.
It might - considering Labour's wretched anti-Semitism crisis - be taken the wrong way. Or it might be considered opportunism. Even so, it is the wrong memorial in the wrong place.
It looks like a large toast-rack; the other designs were no better. They were too monumental in scale, too grandiose. They reminded me more of Nazism - did Nazis like toast? - than pre-war Jewish life, which is what they are supposed to commemorate, aren't they?
I can't see anything Jewish in toast racks and ornamental shapes. They are generic and unimaginative; monuments to mass murder designed by rote, pulled from a file. In Berlin and Vienna they are largely ignored. I do not think they commemorate catastrophe. They inure you to it.
I am a British Jew and I don't want the Holocaust to become the universal symbol of human wickedness, against which all others are measured.
It is offensive to the Jew to be made a paradigm - particularly here, where none died, except those from the Channel Islands - and offensive to the sufferings of others unmourned. I should like, for instance, to see a memorial to the victims of slavery.
You could make the whole of London a Holocaust memorial - or have a Holocaust memorial in every town from Penzance to Aberdeen - and it would do nothing to stay the rise of anti-Semitism, and racism more generally.
The Nazis themselves proved that you cannot educate people out of murderous racism; if you could, why was it the most cultured nation in Europe that butchered its Jews?
Anti-Semitism is a warning that society is fracturing; that people are afraid. You cannot stop that by building ugly statuary in the West End and compelling schoolchildren to look at it.
There is already a Holocaust memorial in London. It is in Hyde Park. It is a simple stone engraved with words from Lamentations: "For these I weep / Streams of tears flow from my eyes / Because of the destruction of my people."
What else needs to be said?