Hello good people, especially the good people of England, my home! It’s our national saint’s day today, that’ll be Saint George! As most of you know I don’t do religion, however I do see this as a day that the English people should reclaim the flag from the far right thugs and fascists who seem to think that it is their flag and no one elses. So wear or display your cross of Saint George with pride!
OK I’m flying the flag on the blog, now do your bit! I know there is a lot wrong with this country, but their are a lot of good things too. I’m proud to be English but not afraid to criticise it sometimes. I believe that true patriotism goes way beyond the Dubya model.
While we’re at it, did you know which one of more than 200 countries that entered the 2006 Football World Cup qualifiers does not have either it’s own passport or it’s own national anthem. OK I’ll put you out of your misery quickly, it is in fact England. I have a British passport, not an English one and our national anthem is “God Save The Queen” which is the British national anthem! It’s also so dull an dreary it would be a good funeral dirge.
So let’s choose a new English National Anthem, here are a few suggestions from me and I’d love to hear yours too;
1 “Oh England My Lionheart” – Kate Bush
2 “Albion” – Babyshambles
3 “God Save The Queen” – Sex Pistols
4 “This Is England” – The Clash
5 “Vindaloo” – Fat Les
6 “Parklife” – Blur
7 “Three Lions” – Baddiel & Skinner & the Lightning Seeds
8 “Roots” – Show Of Hands
9 “England, Half English” – Billy Bragg
10 “The Queen Is Dead” – The Smiths
OK the songs I have chosen are not necessarily anthemic but in their own way they do represent England, well at least to me anyway! So now it’s over to you for your selections and don’t forget to vote on mine below!
I’ve already voted (like, days ago now) for “Oh England, My Lionheart” (you can’t be surprised by that!), but would also like to suggest “Something About England” by The Clash. Is it too late for suggestions? 🙂
hmmmm…… how did I guess that you’d vote for Kate? LOL
Nope it’s not too late, I intend to do a follow up post soon with say the top 5 songs from the poll and any new suggestions and so far I have two!
Hello, nice to hear the love for Kate Bush. I’ve just launched a government e-petition calling for “Oh England, My Lionheart” to be adopted as the English National Anthem. If it receives 100,000 signatures, the matter has to be considered by parliament. Therefore I’d be grateful if you (and anyone else who feels like it) could take the time to sign it.
The petition can be signed here: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/12159
Thanks for your time. 🙂
I have signed the petition as has my fiancee too. I’m always happy to support something that will get rid of our dire national anthem.
I will add the link to one of my blog posts in the next few days too
Thanks for reading my blog and for being a Kate Bush fan as well!
Thanks, Bill. It’s much appreciated.
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