Reaction to call for an English anthem

The Sunday Telegraph letters page carries some reaction to last weekend’s call for an English anthem, the most irritating of which was this reactionary letter:

The English have a perfectly good anthem in God Save the Queen and a fine flag in the Union flag. There is simply no need or demand for the English to adopt the flag of St George or a new song.

What is more, there is definitely no reason for this motley assortment of think tankers, academics and lawmakers even to consider how to give the English a chance to “help modern patriotic pride to defeat prejudice” by proposing an anthem and a flag.

The further thoughts of this ‘motley assortment of think tankers, academics and lawmakers’ can be read here.

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  1. Steve Axtell says:

    ‘God Save The Queen is a great National Anthem, (except that it doesn’t say anything about the nation, it’s just fawning to the queen). She is the Queen of the whole country not just England.
    It’s okay to sing the National Anthem if you’re representing the United Kingdom/Great Britain, but when home nations are playing rugby, for instance, the England team sings the national anthem whilst the Scottish or Welsh team sing their own anthem, thus signalling that England is the Nation and Scotland and Wales are ?regions?
    Within the nation of the UK England is just as much a region as Scotland and Wales, so English teams should sing an English anthem.
    And that anthem should be Jerusalem.
    As far as the Olympics is concerned, if Scots athletes are not prepared to sing the British national anthem then they obviously see Scotland as not part of GB so they shouldn’t be in Team GB anyway.

  2. Paul says:

    Sorry, but to an Englishman reading this diatribe is highly offensive,how can we “adopt” the flag of St.George, when it is already the recognised flag of England, please refer to “Flags of the world” as a guide…you plank!

  3. Richard Robinson says:

    There’s no contest here.
    Simply, ‘God Save the Queen’ is the British National Anthem and so the English need a separate anthem. Jerusalem must be the choice.
    ‘God Save the Queen’ is the most awful, boring dirge that does nothing to inspire you anyway.
    Why is it we have ‘Jerusalem’ played at Commonwealth Games for England, yet have to put up with ‘God Save the Queen’ at football matches, especially against other ‘home’ sides.

  4. Roger Parkinson says:

    I was told by my father and firmly understood that the English national anthem is Elgar’s Land of Hope and Glory and the National anthem was God save the Queen.Iwould like it to remain this way.

  5. Dennis Preston. says:

    I am Welsh and have always wanted England to have a national anthem of their own .. A perfect anthem in my opinion would be ” I vow to thee my country” I would love to sing along if that were to be played at any sporting event that England would be competing in.

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