In response to last week's story about the Queen's picture being reduced in size on Bermuda paper money, Tony Hine submitted this admittedly politically incorrect joke once told about Queen Elizabeth and Idi Amin. -EditorFirst, a little background for those not from the green and pleasant land: Robertson’s Golden Shred marmalade had a trademark ”Gollywog” which appeared on labels and a doll and broach were offered as premiums to children to co-market the brand.
Like Aunt Jemima pancakes, the negative racial stereotypes were deemed offensive to modern Brit blacks of African ethnic backgrounds and were dropped in the 1970s. The co-incidence in timing was the subject matter of this joke, originally formulated before our current climate of political correctness became so pervasive, and we hope that its repetition is viewed in the context of its time and for that reason does not offend any of our worldly and sophisticated readers.
As it was told, Ugandan President Idi Amin telephoned Queen Elizabeth to gently break t6he news that Uganda was declaring independence. He said: "I hope you don’t mind, Ma’am, but we’ve taken your picture off our stamps." To which Liz was alleged to have replied: "That’s OK. We took your picture off the marmalade."
Wayne Homren, Editor
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