13 Aug 2008 Graham Smith
As Team GB continues to collect medals in Beijing we are treated to the repeated spectacle of our athletes attempting to sing along to that awful dirge known as ‘God Save the Queen’. I think it’s high time we started a debate about having a new national anthem, one we can all be proud of.
Quite why we have an anthem that says nothing about the UK is beyond me. Instead we sing for a god many don’t believe in to save a woman least in need of divine protection. As one wag pointed out, the Queen is into her eighties – she’s been saved!
The question is, what do we replace it with? And whose anthem is it? Is it the English anthem too? In which case, do the English need their own new anthem, just as the Scots, Welsh and Northern Irish have theirs? Should a new anthem be the anthem of Britain or the UK? What sentiments should be expressed in an anthem, and do we need an anthem at all?
Are there any existing tunes or songs we could adopt, or do we need something completely new? What do you think?Tweet this post This entry was posted on Wednesday, August 13th, 2008 at 8:16 am and is filed under General. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Comments are now closed.