By Miriam Shaviv
August 23, 2010
While VS Naipaul is engrossed in a row over his portrayal of Africa, his wife's comments on Jews have gone unnoticed.
In the Times Magazine on Saturday (sorry no link - it's behind a paywall), Lady Naipaul casually comments:
"What have they done for him here [in the UK]?... He gets the Nobel and there's not even a letter from Downing Street. You have to be a Jew, Alan Yentob or something, to get up there. It was the Indians who celebrated...."
Worst of all, the interviewer, the highly talented Sathnam Sanghera, doesn't even call her on it. Apparently those kinds of comments aren't even noteworthy any more.
UPDATE: Sathnam Sanghera replies, via Twitter:
you're right, I should have called her up on it. but it came as I was literally getting out of the car to catch train.
plus it came after 2 hours of not dissimilar comments directed variously at Africa, the English and Indians