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How dare you say feel like a pariah, you pariah!

Just like in the book 1984, it’s not enough to be defeated, you have to love those defeating you as well, just before they ”pop you off” that is.

One Fat Lady in race row over Muslim ghetto’ jibe: The Islamic area of Leicester frightened me, says TV chef

  • Chef was ‘surprised any of the people who might object could read what I wrote as it is written in English’
  • She describes visit to the ‘ghetto’ after getting lost in traffic and found herself ‘in an area where all the men were wearing Islamic clothing’
  • But she says there’s an upside — she’s thankful for the large number of Asian restaurants in the city as ‘you can eat excellent curry’ there
  • Her comments were criticised by the Muslim Council of Britain and the city’s mayor, who claims her account ‘may help sell books but it is cheap’


PUBLISHED: 13:23 GMT, 16 November 2012 | UPDATED: 20:50 GMT, 16 November 2012

Clarissa Dickson Wright said visiting the city made her feel like a pariah and an outcast Clarissa Dickson Wright said visiting the city made her feel like a pariah and an outcast

She is as renowned for her outspoken views as she is for her cooking.

So when celebrity chef Clarissa Dickson Wright decided to write about her day out in a multi-cultural part of Leicester, she didn’t mince her words.

The former star of the BBC’s Two Fat Ladies claimed a visit to the city, which has a large Muslim population, was ‘the most frightening experience of her life’.

Describing parts of Leicester as a ‘ghetto’, she said seeing so many men in Islamic clothing and women in a burkas left her feeling ‘in the middle of my own country, a complete outcast and pariah’.

Yesterday her comments provoked fury from Muslim groups and local leaders.

But Miss Dickson Wright remained defiant, saying: ‘I’m surprised any of the people who might object could read what I wrote as it is written in English.’

The 65-year-old, a former barrister who grew up in north London, dedicates a  chapter in a new cookery book, Clarissa’s England: A Gamely Gallop Through the English Counties, to each county, discussing their culinary, cultural and historical merits.

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6 Responses

  1. “…..a multi-cultural part of Leicester”
    That’s a laugh, it’s practically a monoculture.

  2. I suppose there’s nothing stopping her from eating curries served by Hindus, Sikhs, Parsis or Jains (if you catch my drift) ! Or is she in fact suggesting that the ignominious monocultural consequences stem from the behavior of ALL South Asians ?

    I sincerely hope not…

    1. @Anushirvan. The Daily Mail article makes it quite plain she’s only talking about Mahometans.
      Daily Mail Nov 16, 2012
      She wrote: ‘I found myself in an area where all the men were wearing Islamic clothing and all the women were wearing burkas and walking slightly behind them.
      ‘None of the men would talk to me when I tried to find out where I was and how to get out of there because I was an English female and they don’t talk to females they don’t know, while if the women could speak English they weren’t about to show it by having a word with me.

  3. I had a similar experience three years ago when I was obliged to go a place called Liverpool in Sydney to undertake a three hours contract job.

    I was to use the premises of a Muslim doctor. He was the nuttiest doctor I have ever dealt with – as nutty as they come; I thought I was in a foreign country. In the end I cut short my work there and advised the client I would finish the somewhat lengthy appontment by phone the next day.

    I walked out the door of the surgery with this madman screaming at me to come back for him to check that I had not stolen anything. (I was tempted to flip him “the bird”, but somehow managed to maintain my self discipline long enought to get out of earshot of his mad rant.)

    What a laugh. The room he had so magnaminously provided me and the poor client was like a pokey little toilet – dirty and depressing. I apologised to the client and advised him that the rooms had not been vetted for suitability.

    I told the contractor that I would never revisit that dump of a place.

    As I said, I thought I was in the middle east – these people don’t integrate.

    There is much more to this story but you get the general idea I hope. you would never realise you were in my beautiful country were you to vist there.

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