There are people that would prefer the Government to commission a new anthem for England, an anthem that would better represent the multi-faith and multi-ethnic England that we live in today.
But there are obvious questions that need to be asked:
- Who would be commissioned (Billy Bragg, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Victoria Beckham)?
- Would it be chosen by popular vote – Pop Idol style – or by a ‘panel of experts’?
- Could the UK Government be trusted with the task of commissioning an anthem for England?
- Would an anthem chosen today stand the test of time or would we be better picking one with proven longevity?
The people at Anthem for England have recorded a modern anthem for England. You can listen to the song by downloading it from their website.
England England land of mine
we’ve defended her through time
justice freedom loyalty
our childrens future lies with thee.
England England proud and strong
it’s our home where we belong
England England fills your heart with pride
god protects our England no-one can divide.
Child of England help us grow
life and honour we’ll bestow
joined together hand in hand
for England’s green and pleasant land