– of England, that is…..
By Bernie Bell
I read about Tory M.P. Andrew Rosindell’s suggestion to the House of Commons that public service broadcasters, including the BBC, should play the English National Anthem at the end of each day to honour the Platinum Jubilee of Lizzie Two.
I was reminded of the occasion some years ago when the members of a band that I know were asked to play the English National Anthem at the end of a gig. Being Scots they were troubled by this – didn’t want to – but – they needed the gig, which could lead to more at the same venue, and, in fact, did lead to more at the same venue, as they are a good band.
I suggested something, which was that they could play and sing the required dirge, but think about …a Queen of their choice.
I was at the gig, and said that’s what I’d do as they were playing ‘God Save The Queen’ – whilst singing along, I’d be referring to Boudicca, as she is the Queen of my choice. https://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/boudicca.shtml
The word ‘Queen’ can also have various meanings – I don’t think Quentin Crisp would have objected to my thinking of him, either. I once attended ‘An Evening With Quentin Crisp’ – and he was delightful. Definitely a Queen to send good wishes to – prepared to defy the establishment’s view of ….Queens.
And there’s always The Sex Pistols version…….broadcasters could play that ……
“Her Fascist regime” – Prescient words from Johnny Rotten.