It might be a Swastika...
... but it's a very *pretty* Swastika :)
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Yes, no password, I think they might have been changing the logo....
Pretty boring, HOWEVER, the video is awesome. Watching big Gordo trying to remember to smile, then forgetting as the video goes on, and if you pause the video between sound bites you can see him struggling to read the teleprompter, and his head going up and down reminds me a bit of the Churchill dog.
Disclaimer: This only refers to this video, I don't actually think of my PM as a nodding dog, and I fully believe he can read perfectly well, he just doesn't do very well controlling facial expressions or using body language.
Using swastika to mean 'Nazism' no more overshadows its other meaning than using the word 'right' to mean 'correct' overshadows its other meanings as 'entitlement' or 'opposite of left'. (And 'opposite of black', and 'ceremony', and 'undead monster' if I say it aloud.)
Symbols are exactly like words. We define their meaning, not them, and thanks to context we're quite capable of giving them more than one meaning. And if they have more than one meaning there's no reason each meaning has to be assigned equal significance. 'Nazism' is assigned greater significance than 'circle of life' in the West because a) the Nazis used it extensively, b) Nazism was a recent, extremely traumatic event in European history and c) Hinduism is a minority religion. Consequently, using it - or something that looks like it - in Western society in anything that isn't an exclusively Hindu context is either ignorant or pig-headed.
take a painfully ignorant, corporatist government; add the Panopticon trend; sprinkle hints of violent, Big Brother police; throw in a suspiciously familiar logo, and you have...Neoconservatives, UK style. jerky, mustached hatemongers not required (we have better PR these days, that stuff is so last-millenium).
good to see the Duck test still works.
the dead bird, because we all know what comes next. Chris Rock said it best: "That train is never late!"
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Why do you British insist on wetting yourselves every time you see a swastika shape? The Nazis used it, but it's an ancient symbol, thousands of years old - nothing to do with fascism or mass murder..
It's like your obsession with associating Germany with Nazism. The rest of the world has moved on, but I guess it's natural if you are a former first class country steadily sinking into the lower divisions
I should point out that for the rest of the world there is no real distinction between these terms and they can all be used interchangeably.
If somebody says they're going to Britain they generally mean "London", but could equally mean anywhere in Ireland or Scotland (nobody I know has ever emigrated to Wales, oddly).
So an O'Malley casting stones at the English is rather short-sighted. Everybody outside of Britain (*ahem*) is of the opinion that Ireland belongs to England in the same way Scotland and Wales do. France would also belong to England but it smells funny and is full of foreigners.
Sorry to burst that bubble for you.