Thursday, March 09, 2006

The Coats of Arms are a-changing


The Coat of Arms as it was

Desperate beyond irritation at the lack of newsworthy happenings, I stumbled across an article on Coats of Arms. Not any Coat of Arms mind, but that of Venezuela.
The modification of the Coat of Arms will see an extra star added (in tribute to Simon Bolivar) and also the white horse galloping left instead of right. Last year President Chavez dismissed the horse image saying "it's not even Venezuelan, it's an imperialist horse". Ermmm, ok. Additionally, a machete, a bow and arrow and tropical fruits and flowers will also be added to the Coat of Arms to represent Venezuela's rural peasants and indigenous people.
Continuing on his equine line of argument, Chavez says "This is a horse being reined in, someone is holding him back, they put him looking into the past" - that a horse with many hidden qualities. The fact that the horse will be galloping to the left is coincidental (as coincidental as it is subtle) although Deputy Cilia Flores declared: "If the Venezuelan people want to interpret the direction of the horse as a political message, fair enough." Such previous pseudo-sub-conscious-but-really-painfully-patently-obvious-left-wing-symbolisms (one word) include Oskar Lafontaine (ex SPD Chancellor candidate and current chief of the Left Party) who titled his autobiography "Das Herz schlaegt links" - "The Heart beats on the Left". Anatomically sound and, for a German, downright hilarious. However, Oscar Perez, leader of the small opposition group National Resistance Command said: "This is a whim of the President to change the position of the horse on our national coat of arms just because his daughter asked him to" - yes this idea seems to stem from Chavez's daughter, Rosines. Thank goodness in a bout of rebelliousness Prince Charles never asked the Queen to change the background of the Union Flag to burberry.
Of course, changing your Coat of Arms is a waste of money, a sign of gross vanity and something that wouldn't happen in Britain. Or would it? Congratulations to the brain-trust of the Tory group of Redbridge Council for spending £90,000 on their own rebranding (which obviously is a drop in the ocean to their propensity for splurging millions on consultants)

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