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Shami Chakrabarti honoured

Posted By Sunny On 17th June, 2007 @ 4:31 am In Civil liberties | Comments Disabled

It’s good-news-weekend! Liberty director Shami Chakrabarti, the woman who stands between us and the gulag (ok, I had too much wine earlier) has been [1] made CBE. More evidence that John Reid’s ass is truly grass. Next time I’m going to have an extra drink in her honour. Oh, Salman Rushdie was also awarded but I’ve never managed to finish any of his books. But others say he’s good.

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#1 Comment By douglas clark On 17th June, 2007 @ 6:05 am

Shami ought to be a Lord, or Lady or whatever it is. Right now! She speaks more sense than any politician alive.

Do you get the idea that I think Ms Chakrabarti should be our next PM?

Yes I do.

Cocoa time, anyway. Bet your all just getting up.

#2 Comment By El Cid On 17th June, 2007 @ 10:11 am

Ms Chakrabarti as PM (muffled laughter)
You need more than speaking skills to run a country senor. Things are just a little bit harder in practice.
Anyway, I wonder what the quid pro quo for her nomination was. This is the uber-cynical age of course.

As for Salman — Midnights Children, Satanic Verses, Esat West were all very good. But The Ground Beneath her Feet was deluded self-indulgent nonsense. I didn’t finish that one

[2] Anyone speak Spanish?

#3 Comment By Muhamad (p.b.u.m) On 17th June, 2007 @ 10:31 am

So, what kind of wine were you drinking? White wine? Red? Chardonnay?

If only Mrs Queen were to give ME her approval for my anti-feudal, anti-monarchic, etc, activities.

Some fucking people have all the luck!

#4 Comment By Ram On 17th June, 2007 @ 11:40 am

All these asians from whatever side of the political spectrum always become part of the establishment sooner or later.As their whole life is based on getting an CBE /MBE/OBE or even better become a lord or lady.All sellouts at the end of day.

#5 Comment By Chairwoman On 17th June, 2007 @ 11:49 am

Why not praise for an OBE for Nicky Clarke?

Come on Guys, get your peiorities right!

#6 Comment By Chairwoman On 17th June, 2007 @ 11:50 am

priorities - peiorities is ok, but it doesn’t actually mean anything.

#7 Comment By Rumbold On 17th June, 2007 @ 12:53 pm

Professor Chris Bayly, historian of India, was knighted.

#8 Comment By douglas clark On 17th June, 2007 @ 1:21 pm

El Cid,

“You need more than speaking skills to run a country senor.”

So that’s where we’ve gone wrong over the last ten years, is it?

#9 Comment By Sunny On 17th June, 2007 @ 2:26 pm

All these asians from whatever side of the political spectrum always become part of the establishment sooner or later.

I have a problem with “community leaders” who pretend they’re helping community cohesion and take pics with ministers so they can get their knighthood (Kallidai, Sacranie etc) but I don’t have a problem with being part of “the establishment”. This is our country too. Why shouldn’t there be Asians as part of the establishment?

#10 Comment By El Cid On 17th June, 2007 @ 4:11 pm

Viva Presidente Clark, Viva!!

#11 Comment By leon On 17th June, 2007 @ 10:10 pm

Well done to Shami, well deserved if you ask me.

#12 Comment By sid On 18th June, 2007 @ 10:57 am

Thank god for people like Shami Chakrabarti.
Well done indeed.

#13 Comment By Neil On 18th June, 2007 @ 11:25 am

Nah Botham did the most to deserve his knighhood. Shami is always moaning about stuff.

#14 Comment By Leon On 18th June, 2007 @ 11:50 am

I’d rather see her on tv ‘moaning about stuff’ than Botham trying to sell me breakfast cereal…

#15 Comment By sonia On 18th June, 2007 @ 12:09 pm

shami chakrabarti is of course a sensible woman. But i daresay lots of people think CBEs are crap and not much of an honour. often its a bit dodgy because it is precisely used to co-opt otherwise dissenting people into much more of a ‘ah but now you’re one of the inner group’ type peer pressure. still, it will be interesting to see how principled people deal with such bribey-titles. i don’t think it will necessarily have a negative effect on Shami - but who knows, we’ll have to see.

#16 Comment By Jagdeep On 18th June, 2007 @ 12:29 pm

I thought Shami was given the award for services to eyeliner?

#17 Comment By Neil On 18th June, 2007 @ 1:08 pm

Leon, Botham has done soo much stuff besides breakfast cereals and cricket.

[3] http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/ci/content/story/298183.html

#18 Comment By Robert On 18th June, 2007 @ 1:12 pm

The funny thing about Rushdie is that the first chapter is always quite difficult, as you adjust to his style of writing (he’s like Irvine Welsh in this respect, although not in others, obviously).

After that, I find I can just rattle through them. ‘Shame’ is great and ‘Midnights Children’ is delightful. I even enjoyed ‘Grimus’.

#19 Comment By Jagdeep On 18th June, 2007 @ 1:18 pm

He’s not dopne badly out of the fatwa — supermodel wife, knighthood, millions in the bank.

He’s been treading water for a long time though. Midnights Children was ‘100 Years of Solitude’ and Gunter Grass transplanted to India, lots of picaresque and grotesquerie, history, epic scope. The Satanic Verses could best be described in literary terms as a confusion.

I just hope some nutter doesnt get him one day.

#20 Comment By Jagdeep On 18th June, 2007 @ 1:28 pm

Some bracing criticism from Priyamvada Gopal:


Vociferously supporting the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq on “humane” grounds, condemning criticism of the war on terror as “petulant anti-Americanism” and above all, aligning tyranny and violence solely with Islam, Rushdie has abdicated his own understanding of the novelist’s task as “giving the lie to official facts”. Now he recalls his own creation Baal, the talented poet who becomes a giggling hack coralled into attacking his ruler’s enemies. Denuded of texture and complexity, it is no accident that this fiction since the early 90s has disappeared into a critical wasteland. The mutation of this relevant and stentorian writer into a pallid chorister is a tragic allegory of our benighted times, of the kind he once narrated so vividly.


[4] http://books.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,2105445,00.html

#21 Comment By ally On 18th June, 2007 @ 5:04 pm

I loved Shami’s quote. Something like (from memory):

“I consider this a green light from Her Majesty to continue battling to preserve our hard won and seriously threatened civil liberties.”

On the other matter, I’ve gone from being Rushdie’s biggest fan (from his early writings from Nicaragua, Midnight’s Children, even the Satanic Verses) to thoroughly agreeing with Priyamvada Gopal above. He’s a knob these days.

#22 Comment By Ramiie On 18th June, 2007 @ 7:36 pm

I must admit, I really do admire Ms Chakrabarti. A very well deserved honour to a principled campaigner - or a bloody good actress. You must admit, there is something riveting theatrical about her.

My ultimate Indian heroine however must be Priyamvada Gopal who deserves canonisation. Never has a true-left polemicist made my heart skip a beat the way she does whenever she speaks or write.

As for Salman Rushdie, Ramiie watchers here should refer to my quick but final assessment of Naipaul. The British Knighthood is indeed being dragged through the mud. On seconds thoughts though, Mordred was himself a knight, so there is tradition i’n't.lol

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[2] Anyone speak Spanish: http://www.elpais.com/articulo/espana/aparicion/yihadistas/segunda/generacion/desata/alarma/policial

[3] http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/ci/content/story/298183.html: http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/ci/content/story/298183.html
[4] http://books.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,2105445,00.html: http://books.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,2105445,00.html