Clarissa Dickson Wright Causes Outrage After Condemning Muslim Leicester as a ‘Ghetto’

Hannah Furness, Telegraph (London), November 16, 2012

When Clarissa Dickson Wright embarked on a tour of the country, she was hoping to savour the culinary delights of every region.

But her visit to one particular city, it would seem, left a bitter taste.

The television chef has caused outrage by saying that her visit to a Muslim area of Leicester was “the most frightening experience of my life”, and claiming that it left her feeling like a “pariah” in her own country.

Dickson Wright, 65, who reached fame as one half of the Two Fat Ladies, said visiting the city made her feel like a “complete outcast” and she described the area as a “ghetto”.

When asked to explain the comments, made in her new book, she said she was “surprised any of the people who might object could read what I wrote as it is written in English”.

She added that she has “never believed that political correctness was a reason not to say what I have experienced”.

The chef was criticised for her “hurtful” comments, with the city’s mayor accusing her of “breezing in from outside” and making “cheap” generalisations to sell books.

Dickson Wright has dedicated one chapter of Clarissa’s England: A Gamely Gallop Through the English Counties to every county, discussing the culinary, cultural and historical merits of each.

On Leicestershire, she writes of the “ghetto” of its city, saying that it demonstrates how multiculturalism has failed.

Describing how she got lost after coming off the ring road to escape a traffic jam, she writes: “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. I have many good acquaintances and even some friends among the Muslim community, yet here I was, in the heart of a city in the middle of my own country, a complete outcast and pariah. If multi­culturalism works, which I have always been rather dubious of, surely it must be multicultural and not monocultural.

“However, everything has an upside and one of the results of this is that Leicester has a very good selection of Asian restaurants. I can only hope that in generations to come there will be a merging of the cultures and not the exclusion zone that is the ghetto.”

Ibrahim Mogra, the assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, and a city imam, said: “How can she judge an entire community on her one-off rare time of getting lost in Leicester?

“It showed a complete lack of appreciation of the fact we are almost two million in this country, doing our bit for our country. When she says that she was in the centre of a city in the centre of her own country, I take objection. This is also my country and this is also my city.

“I would like to call on Leicester people to be even more welcoming and hospitable than we’ve been so far.”

Sir Peter Soulsby, the mayor and former Labour MP, said: “That is the sort of thing that makes me very angry — when someone breezes in from outside and paints a picture of Leicester that does not have any foundation in reality. It may help sell books, but it is cheap.”

When contacted by the Leicester Mercury, Dickson Wright, who was born in London and lives in Edinburgh, said: “I’m surprised any of the people who might object could read what I wrote as it is written in English.

“Visiting Leicester scared me and I am not scared easily. It frightened me because it was part of my country that I was born in and there are a lot of radical Muslim preachers in this country.

“I was in London when the July 7 bomb attacks happened and this to me was proof for those people who have been saying we’re getting ghettoisation of Muslim areas.”

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  • Guest

    More power to her!!!! I Miss that show, as they – on a regular basis – put together some incredibly rich & succulent dishes. I guess in the 21st century, truth is the new “hate speech”. And she’s got a GOD – GIVEN RIGHT to feel this way!!!!!

  • FourFooted_Messiah

    Never heard of Two Fat Ladies. No TV. But I understand what she’s talking about.

    I think she should never have tried to backtrack – never mind that “friends amongst Muslims” garbola. Be honest. I do not have Muslim, or black, or East Indian, or east Asian friends, and do not want any. I don’t need friends that badly. I’ve always said that one or two good friends are more valuable than a dozen bad friends, and live by that. Who are my friends at the moment? My husband and my cat. That’s it, and I don’t see the need for any more than that, either. Maybe I have a few online friends, but that’s pretty spurious. I can’t have a get-together with my Internet “friends” in the way I used to be able to meet my local BBS friends back in the 90s. I miss those days. While I like many posters here, and all of my World of Warcraft guildmates, I can’t count that as ‘friends”, really.

    Freedom of association is like freedom of religioin – it comes with the concurrent concept of freedom FROM association or religion. Leftists might grok the one, but not the other … but weirdly, they seem to accept the idea of Muslims (and others) not associating with their white hosts, while whinging about it from the white hosts themselves.

  • David Ashton

    Yes indeed. I wonder what the old lefty patriot J B Priestley would think if he went round English cities today, or how the other lefty patriot George Orwell would write his classic essay “The English People”?

    How did it all happen? Not just multilingual immigration alone.

    I quote a few paragraphs from “Mad Mel” (as the new lefty anti-patriots call her) Melanie Phillips in London’s “Daily Mail”, November 26, responding to the recent scandal whereby foster children were taken away from a couple who supported a patriotic party:

    “In the early Nineties, I unearthed…a climate of totalitarianism in social-work training.” [Not a lot better in teacher training, and then the police, &c.] “Blameless social work students were force in tears to confess to their own ‘racism’; some failed to qualify unless they identified racist attitudes even where none existed…the overriding requirement [was] to impose an ideological view of the world in which minorities can do no wrong while the majority can do no right….
    “All this goes wider and deeper even than the failings of public sector professionals…MANY PERFECTLY REASONABLE THINGS ARE NOW DEEMED TO BE UNSAYABLE in civilized society….
    “Political correctness – which should REALLY BE CALLED CULTURAL MARXISM – is being used by the Left to revolutionize society by undermining and subverting its core beliefs.
    “So, fundamental values embodied in issues such as immigration, national identity, marriage and family and many others are under systematic assault, while all who seek to defend them are vilified as bigots, swivel-eyed extremists and lunatics…
    “It has occurred over decades as a result of two main factors.

    “The first was the steady rise into power, across the universities, media, professions, political parties and civil service, whose opinions were shaped in the Sixties and Seventies by the New Left, which believed in the cultural transformation of society.
    “The second was the demoralization of the institutions which should have defended our culture, the Church and the governing class…. The result was what far-Leftists have called ‘the long march through the institutions’ – which all felt like dominoes….” [She then notes that Cameron’s appointments are more left-wing than under the Labour government.]
    “We need nothing less than a Winston Churchill for the CULTURE war.”


    • FourFooted_Messiah

      Was Orwell a lefy? i think he was just a man who had the right idea.

      I have never read “the english people”. I will admit that. But I have read “1984” and “Animal Farm”, several; times over., In factr, I used a greek translateion of Animal Farm to learn Greek.

      And I have visited Greece, and learned their attitudes – I do not disagree with them. It is why I declined taking a job with their Athens Airport – I didn’t see why my command of english should exclude Greeks.

  • IstvanIN

    Sir Peter Soulsby, the mayor and former Labour MP, said: “That is the
    sort of thing that makes me very angry — when someone breezes in from
    and paints a picture of Leicester that does not have any
    foundation in reality

    Let me get this straight, an Englishwoman, in England, is an outsider? Her opinion has no foundation in reality? What she experienced was made up I presume? You, Sir Soulsby, are the one living in a world with no foundation in reality.

  • jack ryan

    We now have some brave women in Britain and Europe, a few in the US who will strongly speak out against Islamic immigration, Islamic mistreatment of women. Brigette Bardot was my favorite. This is a good topic to discuss with Whites who fall more on the Liberal/Left side. Muslim men forcing girls and women to wear the burkah, that’s always a good issue for us.
    “Tolerating intolerance”.
    Another good issue is the Muslim/Black African custom of forced female circumcision.

    • Liberalsuck

      When will the white men in these nations grow a pair and be the kind of white men their ancestors were when dealing with invaders, thugs and parasites who did nothing but leech off of society and terrorize others?

    • rightrightright

      It isn’t circumcision, Jack. The male equivalent would be sawing off the top inch of the penis without anaesthetic. It is mutilation. The victim is maimed for life, if she survives.

      • Jack Ryan

        Agreed. But your language is too rough to spring on some White liberal woman in an introductory cocktail party conversation. Instead, I ‘ve found it works best to use phrases like “female circumcision” and then encourage the women to do their own research. Liberal women don’t like to be told things b White men, especially White racialist Conservative men.

  • mobilebay

    Surely the sun has set on the British Empire when its government has allowed it to be overrun with Muslims. They are totally incapable of co-existing with other societies. What a shame that Ms. Wright had to be fearful in her own country. Today’s diversity is suicide for any nation.


    Unfortunately Mrs. Dickson, England is not YOUR country anymore.

  • JackKrak

    Quite a deal the UK has made –
    On one hand, as described in this piece, huge chunks of every major city have been transformed into a nation within a nation where the idigenous white population is made to feel as though they’ve been transported to the Punjab in the year 1750.
    On the other hand, it’s really easy to get a decent curry just about anywhere.
    So, you know, there’s that…….

    • FourFooted_Messiah

      That’s the usual garbage I hear defending mass third world immigration. “But .. my curry!”

      All I can say is “You eat that gross-smelling, gut-rotting junk?”

  • Teuchter

    It’s ironic that this Englishwoman is complaining that her own country has been colonised yet she’s contributing to the English colonisation of Edinburgh.

    • GSJ

      How so? I’m a foreigner so I don’t know these things. Is this sarcasm?

      • Pat

        We live on an island, we tend to bicker. Putting my neck on the block I would say that Teuchter is a member of the Scottish National Party and in 2014 will be voting for an independent Scotland. Most Scots I know living here in England seem quite indifferent, but time will tell.

        One thing to note though – we have been the UNITED Kingdom for about 300 years and yet we are still separated by cultural differences. Doesn’t say much for the current ‘enrichment’ that is overwhelming us, does it? We are all white and mostly English speaking and even we have not melded to that extent. I am English, Teuchter is Scottish, we are both British but that is secondary.

    • Bismark

      Come now Teucher. You must surely know that the English and the Scots have been colonizing each others countries for years. In my country Australia, the Scots and English as well as the Irish settled the 6 colonies in almost equal numbers. I know that there was also a large number of Welsh and Germans in the mix as well. They then intermarried and produced an Anglo Celtic people who became the traditional Aussies. So surely the differences we have with one another are by far outweighed by the enemies we have in common.

    • David Ashton

      I am no enthusiast for large numbers of English people settling in Scotland’s spacious and beautiful land, as much as I admire the education levels of our northern neighbor and the contribution its engineers and soldiers made to our Empire, but if the anti-racist, multicultural SNP takes it out of the UK and into the EU it will not Anglo-Saxons that will try to fill up the underpopulated territory.

  • NYB

    “we are almost two million in this country” – Ibrahim Mogra, the assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain

    My mind is now working on the logistical and tactical considerations of removal of that number of people from the UK.

    The rail link between England and Calais will definitely speed things up when the day comes.

    • MikeofAges

      If you really wanted to — removal of the young people, particularly those unwilling or unable to assimilate. The older, those beyond reproductive age, could be left to die out. Call it “adapt, migrate or die”, except that no one actually dies, except of old age.

  • DudeWheresMyCountry?

    Ibrahim Mogra takes exception to an English person casually referring to their historic homeland of England as their country. Muslims, especially those involved in political activism who live in non-Muslim countries is I take exception with.

    • rightrightright

      England is “their” country the way a parasite owns its host. 75% of Muslimas here do not work, have no intention of working and receive unemployment hand outs, as do 50% of their males. Any work these people do is off the books.

  • Ulick

    Everybody knows that what she said is true. Some people are just so worried about how others view them that they’re willing to throw away their country and children’s future rather than being thought a racist. So lame. Such cowardice.
    I honestly believe that if we schedule and advertised the hell out of a “Kill PC Day” where everybody, at once, said how they truly feel, PCism could go away surprisingly quickly as it is in Greece. The day would provide safety in numbers for the timid, and they’d be suprised to see just how many people hold non-PC (Read “true”) thoughts.

    • The__Bobster

      I considered Chik-fil-A Day to be tantamount to Kill PC Day.

  • Pelagian

    that dear woman is old and overweight, but she looks beautiful to me. just look at those beautiful blue eyes and that winsome smile and the round ruddy classic-Celt complexion. she’s everybody’s mother!

    • rightrightright

      She likes a glass of wine as well.

  • Plants are not green, water is not wet, and 2 + 2 = 5.

    They clearly want us to deny the truth.

  • I found it encouraging that, on the same page as the featured article, there was a link to another story titled “Muslim Europe; the demographic time bomb”. Unfortunately, the entire focus was on increasing efforts to integrate immigrants rather than sending them back and reclaiming Europe.

  • Yootley

    When the men begin to speak, the game will change. In the
    interim, good for Clarissa for displaying her balls.

    • saxonsun

      No, for displaying her tits.

  • Nicholai Hel

    I once took a wrong turn while driving in Washington DC and would up in Africa.

    • StillModerated

      Suburban Prince Georges is not much better, semi drivers call I-95 from the Wilson Bridge to College Park “the Congo Bypass.”

  • MikeofAges

    Outrage is a figured emotion. In other words, manufactured on cue. Any honest person would admit that any community composed of an unassimilated, economically depressed ethnic group, particularly a community highly hostile to outsiders, was a ghetto in the contemporary sense of the term. At least African American are forthright about that much. So are Hispanics in the United States, although their term is “barrio”.

    • Katherine McChesney

      “Barrio: for Hispanics, “Slums” for Blacks, “Ghettos” for Hebrews. Ghetto should never be used loosely. It only refers to Jewish communities in the Netherlands.

      • Anglokraut

        Tough argument, since the connotation of all those words is now negative. ” ‘Hood” tells me that the area is black, and ‘slum’ has been used to describe any blighted area, e.g.: an Irish slum.
        When I used to work the returns desk at a major home improvement retailer, I and the other girls used to call product that was returned because it didn’t work, “ghetto”.

  • rightrightright

    I hope this works in the US. It’s The Two Fat Ladies, cooking and chatting. Both are so English that it’s restful to hear them burbling on.

  • fsagas

    If they don’t wake up the entire country will be “a ghetto.”

  • Ibrahim Mogra:
    “This is also my country and this is also my city.”

    These liberal-trained outlanders need to be confronted directly: the ability to parrot the PC worldview of the decadent liberal elite does not mean anything on the folkish level. These foreigners have little enough claim for even humane treatment in the lands they enter. Claiming to have the same, “equal” and legitimate right to the country as the native folk is enraging.

    The “Islamic community” does have *de facto* say in the UK, and certainly Leicester is under their occupying grip right now. But Moslems, your conquest is certainly not based on any moral high-ground.

  • Pete H.

    Used to love the Two Fat Ladies when they were on my local PBS station–they were old-time bohemians who made fun of vegetarians and whipped up game recipes full of cream and fat that would make Julia Child envious. Dickson Wright’s sidekick Jennifer Paterson would light a cigarette as soon as their cooking was done for the episode. (Paterson, unrepentant, died of lung cancer. In the hospital she said, Don’t bring me flowers–make it caviar.)

    I’ve put Clarissa’s book on my Amazon wishlist. If I don’t get it for Christmas I’ll buy it myself. Good for her!