What a lot of fuss about nothing. It seems Carol did not call anyone a golliwog. All she said in private, was that a tennis players hair reminded her of a golliwog. Hello! I can’t see anything racist about that? Can you?

Those of you who read Eric Arthur Blair’s book 1984 (written under his pen name – George Orwell) will remember it was a lot about “thought police”. Well folks, he didn’t get it wrong… just a little early. The thought police are based in the BBC but are spreading quickly.

And there is a new law coming out on the 16th February which gives a maximum of ten years imprisonment for photographing an English policeman (amongst other things). I suppose that means they can beat up members of the public with impunity. Come to think of it, if a policeman walks up to a person and pushes a knife in his stomach and rips it open, and you photograph him in the act, watch out – it’s ten years inside for you! Tourists who want to photograph a London Bobby, beware. You do so at your peril.

Too young to know what a golliwog is? Here’s the UK website!


  1. #1 by The Machinist's Wife on Friday, 6 February 2009 - 2:38 am

    Oh Golliwogs! They’re one of my collection items. I love them and always have. Does Robertson’s Jams still offer these little golliwogs as tokens of their gratitude for purchasing their jams? That’s what set me off as a child. Robertson’s jams. Blame them. Ha! Come on, does anyone really ever think of black people when they see a golliwog? I just think how utterly cute they are. Hey, we’ll have to ban Barbie dolls next. Aren’t they a racist /sexist symbol? Lookout Hollywood housewives. File your suites now. We used to buy chocolate infused biscuits called Golliwogs. They were shaped like them, too. Now they are called “Scalliwags”. I say the biscuit company shouldn’t have caved in to the thought police. Anyway, – end rant. After all, it’s over to you, Ampers!

  2. #2 by Richard on Thursday, 5 February 2009 - 6:45 pm

    Well said.I sometimes doubt the sincerity of people who make such a fuss about other people’s choice of words. I think they are bullies who enjoy an excuse to throw their weight about.

  3. #3 by Dungeekin on Thursday, 5 February 2009 - 12:04 pm

    Word is that The Queen has been sacked for racism over the sale of golliwogs at Sandringham.And don’t get me started on the photography laws – yet another sliver of freedom sliced away as we are steered, inexorably, toward totalitarianism.D

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