So the thoughtcrimers have finally come for Basil Fawlty, the man whose very existence was designed to poke fun at the thick, the hateful, the bigoted and the wrong. You’d have to be mentally deficient to think that this ineffectual and puffed-up obvious idiot was anything to be frightened of, but it appears the BBC believes we need shielding from his “racial slurs” and “outdated language”.

The episode of Fawlty Towers in which Basil is lightly rude to some German guests and the bumbling old Major reveals his racist tendencies was temporarily struck from one of its platforms while the BBC decided how to culturally cleanse the very national treasure it created. Yeah, that’s right: black men die, statues are toppled and thousands riot in flaming end-of-days cataclysms across the globe, but the real debate for some oxygen thieves is whether or not John Cleese ought to have said “you stupid Kraut” in 1975.

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