English Culture

National Anthem to change? GOD SAVE THE QUEEN

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Tom Culshaw
Written by Tom Culshaw

Prime Minister David Cameron has previously stated he would like ‘Jerusalem’ as the new English national anthem while others prefer ‘Land of Hope and Glory’.

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Sourced from the Belfast Telegraph

Arguments have been raging for years over the playing of ‘God Save The Queen’ as the national anthem prior to Northern Ireland games.

Players, fans and pundits have all had their say.

Many are keen to keep it — proud of the fact they are standing for Queen and country.

Others, mostly from the nationalist community, insist it is not an anthem that represents them and they would prefer Northern Ireland to have their own — just like Scotland plays ‘Flower of Scotland’ and Wales ‘Land of our Fathers’ before every international.

The Irish FA seem reluctant for any immediate change — this despite the fact  if you look at the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games team, ‘Danny Boy’ is their official anthem

They claim that ‘God Save the Queen’ is the national anthem of Northern Ireland and until that changes — a decision which would have to be made by MLAs at Stormont — the status quo will continue.

Only a few years ago Northern Ireland legend Gerry Armstrong was commissioned to conduct an investigation to see if the changing of ‘God Save the Queen’ would prevent players from the nationalist community from opting for the Republic of Ireland. The overwhelming response was that changing the anthem would not persuade them to stay with Northern Ireland.

However, politicians may now decide what anthem is played when Northern Ireland perform at this year’s Euro finals in France.

For a decision by Chesterfield Labour MP Toby Perkins to bring a bill to Parliament on January 13  which will question the playing of ‘God Save the Queen’ at all England sporting events, could have serious implications in Northern Ireland.

He is asking his fellow members to debate the issue and then vote on whether England should have their own anthem. If he is successful, and ‘God Save the Queen’ is disbanded with, then there would be a public consultation on what song the people of England would prefer.

Prime Minister David Cameron has previously stated he would like ‘Jerusalem’ as the new English national anthem while others prefer ‘Land of Hope and Glory’.

Perkins insists he has no major issue with ‘God Save the Queen’, it’s just it is the national anthem of the UK and not England.

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