James Purnell says ‘No’ to an English anthem…

Alfie managed to ask James Purnell, Culture Secretary for England, the following question:

‘Can you ask Mr Purnell when England is going to be allowed her own National Anthem?
God Save the Queen is not the English Anthem, it is the British one – England doesn’t have one and it’s about time we did. I suggest ‘Jerusalem’.
Scotland and Wales have their own anthems – and it is plainly bizarre to hear the Welsh and the Scots booing ‘God Save the Queen’ as the anthems are played prior to England playing them in the 6 nations tournament.
Mr Purnell is the culture secretary for England – he should start to champion our country by promoting our culture. Our own unique national anthem would be a start’.

You can read his pathetic reply here.

Writing in the Sunday Times Jeremy Clarkson muses over the state of the nation:

I looked at our players mumbling their way through the national anthem and realised they didn’t really care about playing for England. Because they don’t really know what England is. And truth be told, neither do I….
This is the only country in the world where the national flag is deemed offensive. Small wonder the England players were disinclined to sing the national anthem with any gusto. It’s in English and that’s offensive too.

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The rugby was great. But why the British national anthem for the English team? I for one loathe an anthem that I (as an athiest republican) and the Windsors (for other reasons apparently) cannot sing. Time for new words to be written to “I Vow to Thee My Country” . — Dorry Lewis, Times Letters

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