BBC should play God Save the Queen every day, say ministers
Culture minister endorses calls for daily dose of national anthem – but proposal is ridiculed online

We’re British, we don’t do that. The reason we don’t do that is because we’re British. What is it about simple truisms that people have such difficulty with?

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  1. Afraid that your argument is fallacious, Tim. They always used to, though. It’s only because there is no closedown any more that they stopped. Radio 4 still plays it. What ? You mean Sailing By isnt the national anthem ?

    As Neil said in the Young Ones ” it means there’s no more telly.”

  2. @Ottokring
    Also, cinemas used to play the national anthem at the end of a film. People would stand until it finished, then make their way out. A few rebels would ignore it and jump the queue for the exit and, over time, more and more people joined the rebels. By the end of the 60s, if I remember correctly, cinemas had stopped playing the national anthem because people didn’t respect it any more.

  3. FrankH
    There’s a great episode of Dads Army where the platoon is at the pictures, Capt Mainwaring stands to attention and is trampled as the rest rush out.

  4. Weird how BoJo’s government is turning into a mid-90’s Chris Morris sketch about John Major’s government.

    Are the purple rinse brigade (God bless em) even alive any more? I thought Conservative Party conference was a Grindr hub now.

  5. As Ottokring says, they used to. Not sure when they stopped, in fact. It doesn’t seem that long ago that I heard it; not least because I was surprised they still did it. Might even have been into this century.

    I remember it being played at the end of theatre performances in the ’80s, too. Unusual by then, but it happened. Mind you, I remember when they didn’t sing God Bless America at the seventh-inning stretch during baseball games. Patriotic tastes change, and are changed by circumstance.

    That said, I’d rather like a bit more God-Save-the-Queen-ing. And portraits of Her Madge in official settings, instead of those ridiculous limp indoor Union Jacks. That’s a thing we never used to do before That Nice Mr. Blair.

  6. Harry Haddock's Ghost

    “The proposal is ridiculed online” is like saying “The proposal was sneered at in the sixth form common room”. Says more about the lack of awareness of the Guardian, than anything else. Repeat after me; Twitter isn’t real life.

    And, Timbo, as has been pointed out; it used to happen. So, your point is incorrect, as when it used to happen we were British.

    I happen to think it’s a shite idea, but it’s a good opportunity for me to be pedantic.

  7. I think it’s a fantastic idea. They should make the BBC play it before every news programme on every channel and station, as a requirement for its exclusive right to collect and spend the TV license money all viewers are forced by the national government to pay. After a sufficient period of the BBC being annoyed and humiliated by this, end the whole nasty, un-British charade of having a national broadcaster.

    Enforced national broadcaster = enforced national anthem, motherfuckers.

  8. Got it !

    We take PJF’s idea and enhance it a little. In this world of digital multi audio track telly, we can have the National Anthem playing on a constant loop on one stream while the news/Breakfast/Newsnight is running. That way people can watch Maitliss or Bruce, unencumbered by any drivel that they may ne spouting.

  9. Have these ministers not got anything more important to occupy their miniscule minds?

    If we do have to have it, can we have Brian May’s version from A Night at the Opera?

  10. I sneeze in threes

    They should play it at the beginning of Question Time. Audience and panelist’s can then be judged on whether they stand or not.

  11. “And, Timbo, as has been pointed out; it used to happen. So, your point is incorrect, as when it used to happen we were British.”

    More British then than we are today…………

  12. Steve,

    “Weird how BoJo’s government is turning into a mid-90’s Chris Morris sketch about John Major’s government.

    Are the purple rinse brigade (God bless em) even alive any more? I thought Conservative Party conference was a Grindr hub now.”

    It’s a similar structure to the CofE or the Girl Guides. Lots of conservatives at the grass roots level, but get one or two layers above that and they’re weirdos on a different course.

  13. How does anyone give a flying fuck about the old bitch after who she’s knighted and what she’s said about unvaccinated people being selfish? I wouldn’t cross the road to piss on her etc

    Fuck her, them, and all of it.

  14. who she’s knighted and what she’s said about unvaccinated people being selfish

    Now that Phil has been appointed 1st Lieutenant of the Great Battleship in the Sky I suspect that her eldest son is exerting too much of a malign influence.

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