I hear the sound of distant drums....
The affair began at a meeting of the Wiltshire Involvement Network (WIN), a statutory, independent health watchdog, at a Scout headquarters at Potterne Wick, Devizes.
Members were discussing how gossip can spread when Anna Farquhar, the 70-year-old chairman, said: "You cannot help the jungle drums."
Sonia Carr, a member of the Wiltshire Racial Equality Council who was sitting in the public gallery observing the meeting, intervened to say that a racist term had been used.
Mrs Farquhar said she did not think the remark was racially offensive, but said she was sorry and pressed ahead with the meeting.
Yet Mrs Carr, 50, submitted an official complaint to Wiltshire council – which launched an investigation, produced a 10-page report upholding the complaint, and barred all watchdog members from council premises and meetings.
Mrs Carr said in her complaint that the apology was inadequate, that senior watchdog figures had failed to challenge the "jungle drums" remark, and that watchdog members did not understand "equality and diversity issues".
She is understood to want a full apology and all members of the network to have diversity training.
Mrs Farquhar, from Devizes, told The Sunday Telegraph that she believed "jungle drums" was "a common expression similar to 'grapevine' or 'rumour mill'", and this was the meaning intended.
Phil Matthews, WIN's vice-chairman and a member of the local Coalition Against Racism, said: "It was an innocent comment, a widely used phrase and certainly nothing that should have led to a formal complaint."
"I am outraged at how we have been treated. It's the worst kind of political correctness. Anna's remark was nothing to do with race.
"You might expect this from loony Left councils in the big cities, but you don't expect it in the Tory shires.
I have been unable to unearth how much the Salisbury Coalition Against Racism costs the local taxpayer but I have a feeling it is too much....