'Carol was in full flow, talking about who’d win the Australian Open. “You also have to consider the frogs,” she said. “You know, that froggy golliwog guy.”
“Ooh,” she added — waving an arm about. “If I was Prince Harry I’d get shot for saying that.”
Before I’d worked out what to do, Jo — plainly aghast — leant across and said: “Excuse me, did you just say golliwog?”
“Yes, well, he’s half-black,” Carol explained, waving her hand in front of her face.'
Obviously, this is only one participants’ version of events. But if it is accurate, it shows that the remarks were offensive, that Carol Thatcher was using golliwog as a term for black people.
There are many flaws with the BBC—not least its institutional biases and the lack of public service content in the programmes of over-paid stars such as Jonathan Ross—but it would be a huge mistake to turn Carol Thatcher into some kind of hero of the anti-BBC movement. She is, at best, someone who uses language without thinking and, at worst, someone who is happy to use terms that have racist over-tones.