I Thought The Bright Light Of iDave’s Radiance Was Going To Sweep This All Away?

A shopkeeper has been banned from selling Enid Blyton inspired golliwogs at a vintage market for fear they might cause racial offence.

Viv Endecott, who sells merchandise inspired by the children’s author, has pulled out of this weekend’s Boscombe Vintage Market rather than agree to the order from Bournemouth council.


Miss Endecott says the council’s equality and diversity manager told her that, although he accepted she was not racist, the toys could cause offence to overseas students and spark public order problems.

Public order problems..? In Boscombe..?!?

Miss Endecott, who is of mixed race, runs the Ginger Pop Shop in Corfe Castle, where she says she sells hundreds of golliwogs a year.

Being ‘of mixed race’ doesn’t get you anything in Victimhood Poker, and Miss Endicott has realised:

She said: “It seems to be part of the English psyche to avoid dialogue about race rather than to explain the cultural background of something, and nigh on impossible to challenge those who set themselves up as anti-racists.”

And yet challenge them we must, or they win…

A statement from Carol Maund, Bournemouth council’s arts development officer, said: “It is widely accepted in modern society that golliwogs are acknowledged as having racist connotations.

“In the same way that the Queen stopped her Sandringham Estate shop selling golliwogs, the council and the Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival are not prepared to be associated with anything that may be perceived as racist.

“We have spoken to Ms Endecott on a number of occasions, and, whilst we are not suggesting she is in any way prejudiced, we have asked her not to sell golliwogs at the Light Night event.”

Have you ‘asked her’? Or have you insisted?

And what would you do if she did sell them?

Perhaps it’s high time people took a long, hard look at the use to which their council puts their council tax. It isn’t in repairing potholes and keeping the streets clean. It’s in this.

12 comments for “I Thought The Bright Light Of iDave’s Radiance Was Going To Sweep This All Away?

  1. Bill
    October 2, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Words that get anything whatsoever at all banned from sale/use/view, but only upon these British Isles.


    • October 3, 2011 at 5:46 am

      Spot on! 😡

  2. Robert Edwards
    October 2, 2011 at 11:59 am

    “the council’s equality and diversity manager…”

    The WHAT? I would have thought that these people are eminently dispensable. That will shave a few hundred million off the public purse. Go and get a proper job…

    • Peter Whittlesea
      October 2, 2011 at 9:28 pm

      Spot on… As cuts need to happen, shed these USELESS non-jobs of PURE JOBSWORTHS!

      • October 3, 2011 at 5:47 am

        But they won’t. They’ll axe frontline services instead.

  3. Woman on a Raft
    October 2, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    In addition to the cost of the non-useful council officer you will be paying:

    the police officer and their pension
    the cps officer and their pension
    the cost of running a magistrates court

    Carol Maund the council officer isn’t at all useful, the other three either have better things to be getting on with or should be dispensed with for they surely won’t be missed. To be fair, Carol Maund hasn’t actually tried to enforce this yet – the shop keeper simply complied – and we don’t know whether special conditions apply to the vintage market such as the council having veto over the goods sold. She should have checked with her legal department before puffing her chest out.

    I notice the paper has had to shut the comments. I might send Carol Maund a note that I’ve bought a golliwog just to annoy her.

    BTW, over in Sutton a gift-shop owner has told a councillor that it intends to keep selling the dolls. It may end up hinging on the distinction between selling and displaying a doll.

    Police and Sutton trading standards have been consulted by Coun Holloway over the matter but have not taken action because selling the dolls is not illegal.

    A Sutton police spokesman said: “There are no criminal offences. This is a matter between individuals and the store.”

    A Sutton Council spokesman said: “We understand the historical origins of the golliwog mean some people find them offensive but no law is being broken and there is no action for the council or the police to take.”


    I don’t believe that the law is significantly different in Boscombe. It will be most interested to see what happens in the golliwog prosecution on 11 October.

  4. Woman on a Raft
    October 2, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Oops. Hadn’t checked your updates – sorry.

    • October 3, 2011 at 5:47 am

      I think they came up within days of each each other!

  5. David
    October 2, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    The bright light of Dave’s radiance – similar to that of the angler fish as it lures its victims to a grisly death. How apt.

  6. john in cheshire
    October 2, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Racist is as racist does. In this instance, I think Ms Maund is the racist. But then socialism is all about projecting their own prejudices onto everyone else.

  7. Ian
    October 3, 2011 at 5:08 am

    It doesn’t seem that she has been selling them in her shop as golly”wogs” – she would have been nicked long ago if a sign like that had been in the window – therefore she would hardly have sold them on her stall as gollywogs, but as gollies.

    Therefore the council is discriminating against blacks – you can’t sell black dolls – just as many local authorities forbid white couples from adopting black children. This is anti-black racism.

    • October 3, 2011 at 5:48 am

      Interesting to see someone take this tack. I wonder if anyone will? 😉

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