Tory MP Rob Wilson, vice-chairman of the all-party Parliamentary Pakistan group, said, he was surprised that the people involved in this (knighthood process) didn't anticipate the controversy it would cause."I have tried to read one or two of his books myself, and I would have got more stimulation from the Yellow Pages,” chairman of the all-party group on Pakistan, Tory MP, Stewart Jackson said. [source]There's Conservatives for you.
More Rushdie: Lisa Appignanesi; Andrew Marr; International PEN; the wonderful Ophelia (1, 2, 3, 4)
And this I haven't fully digested, but is interesting: Sepia Mutiny