What’s your preferred image?

Due sensitivity has been observed over the thorny problem of how to symbolise Northern Ireland in new UK projects. The controversial ID card has already been discussed exhaustively in Slugger, where you can just about make out the shamrock ( for Irish citizens, you see). For the new Supreme Court which is more territorial, they opted for a flax plant, not that we have many left outside the Folk museum. From the BBC slide show ( sorry I can’t reproduce directly from my so-called new improved browser.)

“On emblems.. In the new Supreme Court due to open in September, Northern Ireland is represented by a flax plant.
A new “emblem”.., is emblazoned in the glass entrance to the court and illuminated above the judge’s bench in one of the courtrooms. It seems to have conspicuously replaced the royal crest that occupies a similar position in most courtrooms.The symbol, designed in close consultation with the law lords, “will provide a strong, memorable and consistent reference point for the UK supreme court both at home and abroad”, Lord Hope said.
“All four nations are equally represented in the design, and it is embraced by a symbol, which is both Libra, symbolising the scales of justice, and Omega, symbolising finality,” he added. The emblem – which includes a rose conjoined with the leaves of a leek to represent England and Wales, a thistle for Scotland and a flax plant for Northern Ireland – is a strong statement of independence, experts say.”

  • Drumlins Rock

    Umm, dosn’t really say “authority” like a supreme court should, just looks like another Quango logo designed by a committee.

    As for the omega, its a bit ironic considering half the cases they look at could end up refered to Europe, hardly final.

    And have to say it, the carpet is hedious (hope its not from Ulster Carpets!)

  • joeCanuck

    I wonder often how the Belfast Telegraph defines “fury”. They claim that unionist politicians have reacted with fury to the lack of the Union flag on the I.D. card.
    Haven’t heard about any such fury across the pond.

  • Dec

    For the new Supreme Court which is more territorial, they opted for a flax plant, not that we have many left outside the Folk museum.

    Surely, a ‘revolving door’ motif would have been more appropriate?

  • Mike C

    I like it.

  • Nomad

    Unless I missed it, it would have been nice to see a little more about the Supreme court covered here.

    While Drumlins Rock is undoubtedly right, it’s as Supreme as any other states court would be as we cruise toward Federalism 😉

  • Drumlins Rock

    I still dont think pretty plants and flowers are the right symbol for a court lol.