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Last updated on August 5th, 2017 at 08:17 am
Mark Steyn on revived enthusiasm for grilled Salman:
It’s slightly depressing to read that Her Majesty’s Government were entirely taken aback by the hostile Muslim reaction to their decision to knight Salman Rushdie. One assumed they had factored into their calculations at least a bit of pro forma Death-to-the-Great-Satan prancing in the livelier quartiers of Pakistan – or even, with classic Brit cynicism, figured that enraging hundreds of millions of Muslims over an imperial bauble was a cheap way to look courageous and tough and determined after the recent humiliations inflicted on the Royal Navy.
But no: the whole burning-effigies-of-the-Queen routine took them completely by surprise. It really is impossible to exaggerate the depths of self-delusion within which the multiculti bien pensants exist.
It’s also difficult to exaggerate the historical hypersensitivity of certain people, as Alexander Chancellor recalls:
These troublemakers are not new. They were around in the 1970s when the late Auberon Waugh, in a column in the Times, made a flippant remark about the baggy trousers traditionally worn by some Turkish men, that was deemed to be insulting to Islam. A mob in Rawalpindi, unlikely to have been Times readers, burned down the British Council building, and Waugh lost his column.
Speaking of Treacher, has anybody heard from Puce lately? Is he still learning to “red buks” in “Clook country”?