Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Allons enfants de l‘Ensemble...

This is the inspirational logo selected by the EU Commission for the next year’s pan-European festivities to mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome next year. It was designed by a 23-year-old Polish student. The word ‘together’ is self-explanatory (if one speaks English, which presumably the young Pole does, possibly with a view to joining us here in the UK sometime soon, having heard how much the designer of the Conservative Party’s ‘tree’ was paid…), and the different fonts and colours are symbolic of diversity and difference. All very nice, don’t you think?

The language issue is an important one. This logo is not a singular trademark in the usual sense, since it has to be registered multiple times – once for each language officially represented or spoken in the European Parliament (don’t forget this now includes subsidiary languages like Welsh). Although it currently has accents and umlauts, it will be adapted so it will have the ‘correct orthography’ in every language. Such impressive attention to detail is, of course, profoundly important, especially to Jacques Chirac who is already singing ‘Allons enfants de l‘Ensemble, le jour de gloire est arrivé…’.

Apparently the young Pole was ‘shocked’ to win the contest, having beaten off the other 1700 (exactly) who entered. There is little about the EU that shocks Cranmer, save that this is not to be a logo, or a slogan, but a ‘slogo’ (a combination of both). Yes, Commissioner Wallstrom (can’t be bothered with the umlaut) has invented a new word, and this evolution of the single European language is to be applauded.

Although all this is all relatively trivial, one cannot escape the fact that this ‘slogo’ is fundamentally a lie. Le jour de gloire n'est pas près d'arriver. The EU is not together, not in concert, not an ensemble, not harmonised or unified. They can’t even agree on a constitution as a basic operational framework, so it is a manifest deception to portray the differences between the member states as issues as superficial as fonts or colours; varying the very word ‘together’ (in whatever language) would be a more accurate representation of the reality.

Of course, if one repeats the mantra often enough, and aim the celebrations at children and young people, the lie will be transformed into a truth… for future generations if not the present.


Blogger Michael Hoskin said...

Your Grace, I find the sentiments of your final paragraph to be the most chilling of all. One understands that the focus of the celebrations will be aimed at young people, including a United Schools of Europe internet project.

At least they have decided not to persevere with EU-wide dancing in the street.

17 October 2006 at 20:01  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Mr Mikey,

Welcome to Cranmer's blog.

You are quite right to find the last comment the most chilling. The reality is that the EU aims where resistance is weakest, and that is in the minds of the most vulnerable and impressionable.

The EU's propaganda machine knows no limits (moral or financial), and will stop at nothing to attain its objective of 'ever closer union'. If this generation is not in favour, it attempts to ensure that the next one will most certainly be.

17 October 2006 at 21:01  
Blogger istanbultory said...

His Grace is aware that the EU never accepts or admits defeat but concentrates fully on the business of assembling a European polity as quietly as it can. By stealth and by never giving way. A power grab here, a transfer of authority to Brussels there...Ordinary Europeans are heading for a pre-democratic Dark Age in which the political elite is free from any meaningful kind of democratic accountability.

17 October 2006 at 21:04  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a certain Security Council resolution, 1701, perhaps
it is a statement of intent.

17 October 2006 at 21:20  
Blogger CityUnslicker said...

The new EU slogan is 'United through Diversity'

the mind boggles....

17 October 2006 at 22:36  
Anonymous Ulster Man said...

The official slogan since 2000 has been In Varietate Concordia (Unity in diversity).

What progress changing 'in' to 'through' is supposed to establish is anyone's guess.

17 October 2006 at 22:43  
Blogger Croydonian said...

A delightful outbreak of Francais, your Grace.

17 October 2006 at 23:02  
Anonymous Voyager said...

I should like to see this logo on all EU letterheads, T-shirts worn by Commissioners, official vehicles, and on a flag flying outside EU buildings..............it symbolises the EU in so many ways..........

18 October 2006 at 06:37  
Blogger Rigger Mortice said...

I presume the turkish exclamation mark will be added later.

18 October 2006 at 09:19  
Blogger Serf said...


I believe you have erred. The Turkish component will of course be a question mark.

In a post on the same topic, I wonder why they forgot the word "Forced" from the new Slogo.


18 October 2006 at 09:46  
Anonymous Lena Mouse said...

By using French His Grace is establishing his pro-European credentials and placating Mr Chirac at the same time. The most disturbing thing is the amount of school involvement these 'festivities' will be having. There's already much in school libraries that sells the EU to children, without a balancing view. His Grace is right that our children are being given a transformed truth, which is really a lie. Isn't it illegal? Isn't there some education Act that prevents one-sided political teaching in schools?

18 October 2006 at 10:13  
Blogger Croydonian said...

If I might be permitted a meander, the Marseillaise also calls on the French thus:

'To arms citizens
Form you battalions
March, march
Let impure blood
Water our furrows'.

Nice, huh?

18 October 2006 at 10:47  
Anonymous Voyager said...

Afghan kidnappers demand convert


Time for Sr. Prodi to show some backbone
The kidnappers say they will release Mr Torsello - a Muslim convert - if Abdul Rahman returns from Italy where he was offered asylum earlier this year.

Mr Rahman had escaped a possible death sentence for becoming a Christian.

18 October 2006 at 12:19  
Blogger Serf said...

Time for Sr. Prodi to show some backbone

Well he has plenty left, having never really used it before.

19 October 2006 at 12:57  

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