A council want to remove a Banksy work from a wall in Westminster.
It is of course graffiti by definition, good graffiti that may even be high art.
The argument that it should be left there forever in a way goes for me against the grain.
It's done its job and has been documented over and over again.
The act of doing it was a major part of the art. The fact of feeling ephemeral is what made it special. It is perhaps better that it goes the way of most grafitti and is removed or painted over.
A council wants to take down a mural by street artist Banksy but admits the work "has value in the right location".
Westminster Council, which has voted to remove the 23ft high piece entitled One Nation Under CCTV from a wall in Newman Street, London, said it did not want to see the art destroyed, but was trying to take a stand against graffiti.
The mural depicts a red-hooded figure painting the words "ONE NATION UNDER CCTV" on the wall, while a US-style police officer holding a camera and a brown dog look on.
Deputy council leader Robert Davis said: "We are not saying the owners need to paint over this mural as we can see it has value in the right location, such as an art gallery.
"We simply want it removed from this wall and the owner is perfectly entitled to remove it and sell it if they wish.
"I take the view that this is graffiti and if you condone this then what is the difference between this and all the other graffiti you see scrawled across the city?
"If you condone this then you condone graffiti all over London."