No question that Danny Baker did a very crass and stupid thing indeed with that monkey photo and no question that his initial non-apology and the comment about "diseased minds" was woefully inadequate. He deserved a reprimand, a suspension, perhaps. But fire him? I'm fully prepared on the basis of his record to accept that the connection just didn't occur to him in the moment. After all, going right back to his NME days, Danny Baker was championing black music - popular black music - in defiance of a music press culture which still unconsciously equated authenticity and superiority and seriousness with white rock. I'll also never forget the savaging he meted out to Sid Vicious's Sid Sings and Vicious's continued use of the swastika. He simply has no form as a racist; quite the reverse.
So what is this? A spur-of-the-moment overreaction by the Beeb? An excuse to sack a broadcaster who, while popular and feted, doesn't fit in with their overall image of 5LIve? Or a bending over backwards to fawn to the monarchy? I don't know. But while the Beeb is happy to throw a Baker to the wolves, on Question Time they continue to give vent to the open racist sewer currently running through Britain and its biggest, most ossified turd, Nigel Farage, about to enjoy his 33rd appearance on the show that pretty much created him. This stinks.