While Claire Short’s comments on bugging on the Today programme have wide reaching implications, the debate in blogland seems to be over Ann Winterton’s joke. While most correspondents agree she should have been sacked, and that she is a foul minded racist, there is disagreement as to whether the joke itself (about two sharks in the Irish Sea popping up to Morecambe Bay for a Chinese) is racist or merely very sick and insensitive.

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