19 April 2009

Thatcher: I don't regret racism

Carol Thatcher has returned to the BBC for the first time since being sacked from the One Show. The daughter of the former PM was in an unapologetic mood for her widely publicised 'golliwog' comments. 

Asked whether she regretted using the word "golliwog", Ms Thatcher said: 

"No, because I used it in a context which wasn't actually appreciated at the time."
She was criticised by fellow guest, former Labour leader Neil Kinnock.He said: 
"The one thing that struck me when I heard you had used that word - and stuck by the word - is astonishment."I did not think someone like you would consciously use the word. Not because of political correctness - but merely out of common courtesy."

It's reprehensible that she is trying hide this blatantly insensitive remark by pretending to be some sort of martyr against political correctness. 

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glebealyth said...

Kinnock, trying to occupy the high ground declared that he was shocked the someone like Carol would use the term "golliwog".
What probably surprises Carol, and certainly surprises me, is that someone like Kinnock, when referring to himself, should ever use the word "Lord".
As hypocrites go, I really wish this one would.

Richard Lane said...

I agree that there are different levels of hypocracy here (although I have never known Neil Kinnock to insist on the title 'Lord).

The difference is that Carol Thatchers comments were made while she was working for publicly funded organisation and were clearly at best racially insensitive and at worst just plain racist. Kinnock's point is that someone who had grown up in the public eye and realises the power of a public figures statements would be so foolish to casually use such a loaded word. Whether she believes that the word is racist or not, it is clear she is aware of its associations.

Jez said...

Totally agree. Whether you think its a racist term or not she must have been aware what its current social implications were.

I guess you could argue she never thought it would come to light, but that level of lack o attention to what your co-workers would feel is also pretty shocking

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