Curtains at The Tate / by ARC ML

'That’s the trouble with London’s rich. Take away their nannies and next minute they are fighting like rats in a sack. In Kensington they become maniacal moles, digging under each other’s houses. In Battersea they buy-to-leave and sue for the title deeds when they divorce. Now in Southwark of all places they look up each other’s knickers and scream blue murder.

The saga of Tate Modern and “net-curtain-gate” has more irony than an Alan Ayckbourn play. The Tate’s boss, Sir Nicholas Serota, once objected to residential towers going up behind his beloved power station. He lost, and a tower by Richard Rogers duly rose next door, and now he has hit back with a truly hideous tower of his own. That is what rich people do to each other. Serota’s viewing balcony leers down on Rogers’s svelte “Neo Bankside” glasshouse just 20 metres away.'