Aaro the estate agent?
THE APOTHEOSIS of Nimbyism appeared in our local paper in the autumn. Some residents of Primrose Hill in London objected to the building of a new Jewish community centre and synagogue on a patch of disused land by the side of the railway. Their objections failing, they deployed the ultimate argument. Pointing out that nuclear waste is occasionally transported by rail, the residents speculated that terrorists might find the momentary proximity of nukes to Jews irresistible, and that the entire area risked being destroyed by way of collateral damage.
"bruschettaboy, your chosen specialist subject is planning applications in the London Borough of Camden, your questions start now".
Primrose Hill? Makes a better story, because there is a "Primrose Hill set" (in fact there are two; the one centred around one of the Millibands and the one centred around Kate Moss. I don't think that there is much interbreeding between the two) and waving the whiff of anti-Semitism next to it certainly pricked my ears up. Just to make it clear I am not accusing Aaro of throwing around anti-Semitic accusations as it was actually a synagogue rather than a Sainsbury's, but I bet a lot of his readers take it that way.
On the other hand, the actual location for the planned synagogue was Adelaide Road. As you can see from these listings, there is one estate agent who is bold or desperate enough to call this location "Primrose Hill" but it is actually Swiss Cottage; the minutes of the planning committee show that the actual proposed location of the synagogue is on the border of Belsize and Haverstock wards, not the "Camden Town with Primrose Hill ward" (you can see from this site that nowhere on Adelaide Road is in Primrose Hill for local government purposes). Oddly enough, North London's most exclusive and fashionable neighbourhood does not have a lot of "waste ground next to the railway tracks" in it.
On the actual question of someone having chucked in an objection to the synagogue on the basis of it being a magnet for nuclear terrorism, I'm afraid they did (I note that the Ham&High, which is Dave's local paper, actually referred to the location as Chalk Farm, which I think is a bit too downmarket for where it is, but it ain't Primrose Hill). But I seem to remember that the real motivation for the objections was parking. Most things in North London are about parking; I only realised that the War on Terror was being pursued seriously when two residents' parking spaces were removed outside the Jewish Museum on Albert Street to guard against suicide bombers (presumably suicide bombers with residents' permits but you can't be too careful).
All in all I take from this the lesson that the combination of the Jewish religion, parking disputes and nuclear terrorism is an explosive one and best avoided, even by estate agents. I think that the intifada may have started as a parking dispute that got totally out of hand. I also suspect that even now there is an estate agent somewhere trying to suggest that a flat in Gaza is "basically West Tel Aviv".
Update: gosh what a disappointment. The opening bit is really interesting and snappily written but the rest of it is partly a rambling response to a pamphlet nobody will ever read and partly a piece of boilerplate Aaro "pipe down and listen to your betters, they're much more dynamic and young than you and the status quo is no longer an option" toytown authoritarianism. I half suspect that there was some accident and Dave sent the wrong piece to the Times this week as the article is basically a blog post.