Gollywogs again
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Who wants to bring back the Gollywog? Apparently lots of people.

Lots of people want their Gollywogs back in a big way including a (Spoiler alert) former Labour Party official.

Hat tip: @BlackGermans Source: Metro

A senior Labour councillor has given her support to a campaign to ‘Bring Back the Golliwog’. Lynn Sterry, chair of the Standards Committee at Forest of Dean district council, shared a Facebook post calling for the return of the toys.

Golliwogs again
Lynn Sterry, now the former chair of the Standards Committee at Forest of Dean district council

 

Editor’s note: If you don’t know what a Golliwog is, consider yourself lucky. Here is the image from the Bring Back The Golliwogs campaign post shared by Sterry, chock full of Golliwogs:

Golliwogs again

Cllr Sterry claimed she shared the post innocently, after being reminded of a childhood toy – but many said that, given her role upholding professional and ethical standards at her council, she should have been well aware of how offensive the doll is.

Commenters – including fellow councillors – immediately flooded the post writing

‘LYNN WHAT ARE YOU DOING?????’

and

‘Let’s not do that’.

Panic buyers clear shelves at Asda as cold weather bites But Cllr Sterry responded:

‘It was an innocent, personal childhood memory, that’s all, and now they are trying to make me out as racist and ruin my integrity’.

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The spoiler alert I mentioned above: Sterry resigned.

The councillor who sparked a race row after supporting a campaign to ‘Bring Back the Golliwog’ has resigned from her post. Cllr Lynn Sterry, former chair of the Standards Committee at Forest of Dean district council, shared a Facebook post calling for the return of the racist toys.

A spokesperson for the Forest of Dean District Council told Metro.co.uk:

‘The Monitoring Officer has spoken to Councillor Lynn Sterry and as a result we can confirm that Cllr Sterry has resigned as Chair of the Forest of Dean District Council’s Standards Committee and as Chair of Cinderford Town Council.’

They added:

‘We are dismayed at the comments made by Cllr Lynn Sterry and wish to confirm that this in no way represents the views of the Forest of Dean District Council.’

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Editor’s note: If you think this is an isolated incident, it is not. Read here.

 

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