Tuesday, 19 June 2007

Idiots of the day

According to the Daily Mail, Barclays Bank is considering dropping its well-known eagle logo (which it has had since 1728), if its takeover bid for the Dutch bank ABN AMRO goes ahead. The reason? Well, apparently the eagle logo bears too close a resemblance to the Nazi eagle emblem, and it is feared that this might upset ABN AMRO's Dutch customers.

Well, I can certainly see the problem. There's no doubting that both eagles are definitely eagles. That the resemblance starts and ends there is, of course, completely immaterial.
No doubt we can soon expect to see the USA drop the eagle from its great seal, in order to avoid causing offence. Or perhaps not, since at least some Americans still possess a modicum of common sense. Which is more than can be said for some of the people at Barclays, apparently.

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