What snorting idiot in no. 10 thought it'd be a good idea to knight Salman Rushdie?
1) The man has given grave offence to a large number of citizens of this country.
2) I would be very surprised if this decision does not cost lives.
3) What on earth has he done to merit it? I can think of far better writers.
Oh don't get me wrong: I'm no fan of Islam, and I think tomorrow's concert in Westminster Cathedral (99 names of Allah) is a disgrace, but I don't think this is a well-motivated honour, but a secularist one; he is being honoured because of the offence he gave to Moslems.
In my opinion.