Monday, June 18, 2007
Salman Rushdie Does Not Deserve a Knighthood But He Must Keep It
Let me be clear. I cannot stand Salman Rushdie. I tried to read one of his books once but barely got beyond the first chapter. I think he is a dreadful writer, but it seems I am in the minority. His books sell in their thousands so he must be doing something right, and for that he has been given a knighthood. While I think there are far more deserving causes, so be it. What I cannot stand, however, is people saying that this is a "provocative act" and Britain should apologise for it. The Pakistani religious affairs minister has gone so far as to say it warrants a suicide bombing unless Britain apologises. Perhaps our response should be to cut off all our millions of pounds of aid to Pakistan until this minister is sacked from the Pakistani government.