Cry ‘God for Harry, England, and St George!’
It is pleasing indeed, on this day, to note that Greg Mulholland MP has proposed this Early Day Motion:
ENGLISH NATIONAL ANTHEM
That this House believes that it is time that England, when competing as England rather than as Great Britain or the United Kingdom, should adopt an appropriate song to be the English national anthem, in the same way that Scotland and Wales do when they compete as individual nations; further believes that it is quite wrong that England use the British national anthem when competing as England rather than as Great Britain or the United Kingdom, particularly when playing the other home nations who also have God Save the Queen as their British national anthem; and therefore believes that all English sporting associations should adopt an appropriate song that English sportsmen and women, and the English public, would favour when competing as England.
It is strange indeed that ‘God Save the Queen’ becomes the anthem of opposition for the Scots, Welsh, or Northern Irish. It perpetuates the myth that the monarch belongs to England, and England thereby subjugates the rest of the kingdom. It is time for England to assert its identity. It is time for England to gain parity with the other three corners of the United Kingdom. It may eventually mean a national holiday, or an English Parliament, but it should begin with an imperative sporting necessity - an English anthem.
Yet Cranmer is at a loss to know what this should be…