God Save Our Spleen
MPs will today vote on whether England should be given the opportunity to have a new National Anthem.
This is because the much loved monarch-applauding ditty God Save the Queen is in fact the anthem of the entire UK, rather than just of England.
Meanwhile, the Scots, the Welsh and the Irish are all in possession of wonderful songs of their own.
Now, Labour MP Toby Perkins, is trying to get England its own song.
It would surely mean that instead of going through God Save the Queen at sporting events, football, rugby and cricket teams and all the other sports people of England will be able to belt out something else.
“England is a component part of the UK but it competes as a country in its own right and I think a song that celebrated England rather than Britain would be more appropriate,” Perkins said.
If the vote in the Commons is passed, then it will be debated again at a second reading.
Perkins says he would like a public consultation on what anthem to adopt, and said it could be something traditional, or indeed something new.
However, the rousing Jerusalem would be a tough contender to beat, because everyone loves it.
According to the Conservative Home website, David Cameron said it would be his song of choice for England, while campaigners (yes, they already exist), would also like to have Jerusalem installed as the new anthem.
Other options include Land of Hope and Glory, I vow to thee my country, There’ll Always Be an England and anything by Pulp.