Thursday, June 11, 2009

People don't care so that's why we're doing something?

Now that the Tories have swept to power in Councils even in the North, I would expect them to at least be a little bit sensible in the interim and certainly not say or so stupid things. However, it appears this is not the case in Lancashire.

According the Lancashire Telegraph the Tories are going to have a logo change for the Council. This is because the current logo doesn't look like a traditional Lancashire Tudor rose, but instead looks like a Labour Party rose.

Now, don't get me wrong here, as the picture to the right shows, the logo really does look like a Labour rose, but seriously, is this is a decent use of taxpayer money? Of course it bloody isn't.

According to the new Council leader Geoff Driver, "It will soon be gone but we will not spend a fortune to change it everywhere, just on things like stationery and on the website." So that's about £20,000 then. Hilariously though, the fool of a Council leader then told the paper,
"Unlike Labour, who thought it was of great importance, we do not think the people of Lancashire care about logos, but they do care about our services."
Hang on a second, if you think that people don't care about logo why are you changing it? God give me strength!

14 comments:

Mark M said...

These Tory councils aren't exactly setting the world alight with an age of austerity. A £1m bus lane that goes 700 yards and now a logo change change no-one except the Tory councillors care about.

Not really a great advert for Cameron's ability to cut waste. A good advert as to the scale of waste though.

Willie said...

I think you are missing the point. If, as seems to be intended, that Lancashire County Council reverts gradually to the Tudor rose, the non contentious non politicised traditional symbol of Lancashire good for them. It isn't a logo. It shows to my mind an intent to run services for all.
I hope Derbyshire are next. The tired D symbol harks back to a dreadful time under a forgotten jobswoth called Bookbinder who spent loads of public money erecting signs that the county was "non nuclear". I look forward to seeing the Derbyshire rose (red and white) again.
Lighten up!!!

Hedley Lamarr said...

My worry with all this devolving power to local govt is that local govt is not of a high enough quality. In my old job I worked at about 20 local authorities and I wasn't impressed at all - lots of dithering management and poor quality staff; although curiously enough Lancs CC was one of the better ones.

Roger Pearse said...

Bang on the money. But it's only taxpayers money, and who gives a stuff if grannies starve, eh?

Let's not forget that there is a section of the Conservative party that *is* merely the greedy swine who did well out of the boom and care for no-one but themselves.

Anonymous said...

I disagree with you on this one Dizzy.

People in Lancashire have just voted for change and it is important that they can see the difference between the 28 years of Labour and now a new, fresh Conservative administration.

Also, as you will know the £20,000 figures for stationary is rubbish... as the stationary has to be bought in at some point anyway...

Tom FD said...

They're rolling back to the previous logo so no design work necessary...

Anonymous said...

Councillors are generally a bunch of deranged interfering dipshits overly keen to spend other people's money on their own whims.

talwin said...

The red rose of Lancashire (the proper one, that is) has been around since 1485. What a surprise, then, that trendy New Labour would seek to replace this splendid, historical device with their oh-so-with-it (and objectionably partisan), faux-New Labour, poxy logo.

Good on the Tories. Change the bloody thing. Pay for it by seeing off one outreach co-ordinator. Job done!

Stu said...

As I'm sure any good Lancastrian would point out, the red rose of Lancaster is not a Tudor rose. The latter incorporates the white rose of York to symbolise the union of the lines in Henry Tudor and his Queen (the daughter of the Yorkist King Edward IV)

Anonymous said...

Dizzy, I suppose you're a bloody southerner so I have to forgive you for not understanding the symbolic importance of such things :)

archroy said...

As a graphic designer I'm always amused by the hysteria that gets whipped up over design changes for public and private organisations. The amounts of money involved are usually plucked out of thin air. As previous responses have noted, the stationery will be reprinted eventually anyway, vehicles get repainted, etc., etc.

Probably this is being whipped up by the sore-losers seeing their precious little emblem being discarded.

Symbolic changes can be very important.

Roger said...

Don't forget that the only reason you read about Labour morons in power is that the Tory morons haven't had a chance to show their paces yet. Morons seem to be attracted to Government-local, national, European, worldwide, even galactic?

Anonymous said...

There is no such thing as a traditional Lancashire Tudor rose. The red rose of the House of Lancaster predated that of the Tudors and the Labour Party - aren't Tories meant to believe in tradition and not wasting money?

SuperiorLibraryAssistant said...

"As I'm sure any good Lancastrian would point out, the red rose of Lancaster is not a Tudor rose. The latter incorporates the white rose of York to symbolise the union of the lines in Henry Tudor and his Queen (the daughter of the Yorkist King Edward IV)"

Aye, let the Lancastrians have the proper rose. After all, they wouldn't want to be reminded that a Welshman usurped the throne of England.