All right, people who spit venom over a gollywog exhibition may be trying to push their own far Left agenda. But as I was subjected to every variant of gollywog joke on the school bus in my teens (believe me, it becomes wearing after a while) I also happen to think there's something slightly off-putting about people who get annoyed about other people complaining about gollywog exhibitions.
And when one of Iain Dale's commenters says...
I never even knew Golliwogs were a representation of black people before it became an issue.
... I really do feel like reaching for my knuckleduster.
As for bashing the BBC over that story, well, the original news item wasn't particularly well written, but it's hardly worth going to the barricades over something so trivial. Especially as the Daily Mail had run the same item three days earlier.
Being an optimist, I think the time will come when gollywogs will shed all their racial connotations. That time may not be too far off, but we're not there just yet, so the polite course of action to take, I think, is to tread carefully around the subject.
All I'll add is that I now have a better idea of why David Cameron is trying to re-invent his party. He has quite a task in front of him.