Sunday, June 25, 2006

An anthem for England

Next Saturday, England play Portugal in the quarter final of the World Cup and before the game the payers will stand to attention and pretend to remember the words to God Save the Queen.

But why? God Save the Queen is the British anthem, not the English one. Or at least, it shouldn’t be. The Scots, the Welsh and the Irish each have their own anthem, why not the English?

This may be more important a question than it first appears. One on the pressures on the United Kingdom is the resentment that springs from the confusion between British and English. Foreigners confuse them and so do the English. As a result the English have no distinct identity and the other parts of the UK, who have no desire to be thought of as English, become primarily Scottish, Welsh or Irish and less British. This increased national identity is in turn resented by the English, who look with jealously on the national pride these countries have.

We should separate Englishness from Britishness and a good place to start is by having a separate anthem. Jerusalem would be a good candidate. It is virtually the English rugby teams anthem already and it stirs the heart just as well as Flower of Scotland.

7 Comments:

At Friday, June 23, 2006 7:11:00 pm, Blogger David Brewer said...

How about 'You'll never walk alone"? Works for me.

Being from Liverpool, the national anthem never made much sense to me anyway.

 
At Friday, June 23, 2006 9:09:00 pm, Blogger Heavy Green Ink said...

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At Friday, June 23, 2006 9:14:00 pm, Blogger Heavy Green Ink said...

GSTQ lacks a bit of pace and fails to lift the heart. "You'll never walk" beats it hands down, but it lacks a bit of nationalism.

 
At Friday, June 23, 2006 9:25:00 pm, Blogger David Brewer said...

Exactly, which is why it might be a good alternative.

 
At Friday, June 23, 2006 10:31:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you seen this page?
http://anthem4england.co.uk/

Jerusalem has 30% You'll never walk alone has 9%

 
At Tuesday, June 27, 2006 11:25:00 pm, Blogger Ferdie said...

I thought the fans were chanting God Save our Gracious Team anyway!!!

 
At Wednesday, June 28, 2006 11:00:00 am, Blogger Heavy Green Ink said...

They're not gracious. Maybe God Save our Graceless Team.

 

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