Bye Bye God Save The Queen? MPs to vote on new National Anthem for England

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God save the who?

MPs will today vote on whether England should be given the opportunity to have a new National Anthem.

This is because the much loved monarch-applauding ditty God Save the Queen is in fact the anthem of the entire UK, rather than just of England.

Meanwhile, the Scots, the Welsh and the Irish are all in possession of wonderful songs of their own.

Now, Labour MP Toby Perkins, is trying to get England its own song.

It would surely mean that instead of going through God Save the Queen at sporting events, football, rugby and cricket teams and all the other sports people of England will be able to belt out something else.

“England is a component part of the UK but it competes as a country in its own right and I think a song that celebrated England rather than Britain would be more appropriate,” Perkins said.

If the vote in the Commons is passed, then it will be debated again at a second reading.

Perkins says he would like a public consultation on what anthem to adopt, and said it could be something traditional, or indeed something new.

However, the rousing Jerusalem would be a tough contender to beat, because everyone loves it.

According to the Conservative Home website, David Cameron said it would be his song of choice for England, while campaigners (yes, they already exist), would also like to have Jerusalem installed as the new anthem.

Other options include Land of Hope and Glory, I vow to thee my country, There’ll Always Be an England and anything by Pulp.

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Readers' comments (4)

  • Michael Smith

    Something without God in it would be nice. Not many people believe in the existence of one so why call on him to 'save us'?

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  • It just shows what a mess the UK would be, with Labour in charge, with all the problems that are going on, people starving and living on the street,one of their idiots has escaped and is wasting time and money on " A New Nation Anthem " why not just be proud of the country we live in and do the job you are being paid to do,(God knows why you are employed) I would normally swear at this point,but I shall just swear at the wall!!!!!!!!!

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  • @Derek Think its called a distraction, if everything else is going wrong (for Labour) then get people arguing about a song -great tactics.

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  • Perhaps Queen's 'We are the Champions' - or perhaps 'Another one Bites the Dust!'

    Scare the hell out of competitors!

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