Today, despite issuing a full apology, Carol Thatcher was fired by the BBC - not disciplined, but fired - from the One Show, after she likened a tennis player's hair to that of a golliwog. It was a jokey remark made off air in the Green Room.
The logic of the BBC's argument is that the very mention of the word 'golliwog' is considered racist. Utterly preposterous.
Whatever Carol Thatcher said off air should not have been made public by the BBC. By firing her in this manner and allowing all this to enter the public domain, they have branded her a racist when she is patently nothing of the sort.
When dealing with the BBC, having the surname of Thatcher is not an advantage. However, if you are a fat, loudmouthed git with a surname of Moyles (or Ross, or Brand) you can get away with anything.
UPDATE: I will be on the Today Programme sometime after 8.30am discussing this with Amanda Platell.
UPDATE Wed 9.30: I am now reliably informed that the tennis player concerned was NOT Andy Murray.