Tory MP slated for demanding BBC play national anthem daily -Sweet Caroline more popular
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Andrew Rosindell, who has represented the Romford constituency since 2001, suggested broadcasters should blast the national anthem at the end of programmes. He told the House of Commons on Thursday: “I know the minister will agree that the singing of the national anthem is something that provides stability and pride in our nation.
“So in this year, the Queen’s platinum jubilee, will the minister take steps to encourage public broadcasters to play the national anthem, and ensure the BBC restores it at the end of the day’s programming, before it switches to BBC World Service?”
His suggestion gained a positive reaction amongst Government ministers, many of whom spoke out in agreement.
Culture Minister Chris Philp, 45, told MPs the “more we hear the national anthem sung, frankly, the better”.
While Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries, 64, could be heard saying “fantastic question” after Mr Rosindell concluded presenting his forward idea.
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However, outside of the commons the proposal did not receive the same enthusiastic reaction.
Taking to Twitter, one user, Keith, wrote: “I’m all for playing sex pistols at 1 am.”
Another Twitter user said: “Sweet Caroline is more popular.”
Meanwhile a third argued: “And lose hundreds of thousands more Scottish licence payers! Great idea.”
Writer Otto English said: “160,000 British people dead, 200,000 Omicron cases a day – and the ruling party are concentrating their efforts on bringing back the national anthem on the BBC.
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“One sure fire way to turn people against patriotism is to shove it down their throats.
“We don’t have to sing that terrible dirge to celebrate this place, or even, if we are so minded – the Queen.”
Commentator Ian Dunt wrote: “The only remotely interesting debate about the national anthem is whether we need a better one. And even that’s not very interesting because obviously we do.”
The BBC already plays the national anthem at the end of every day on Radio 4, which BBC reporter and producer Charlie Haynes reminded the MP.
He wrote to his 13 thousand Twitter followers: “Disappointed to learn Andrew Rosindell isn’t an avid listener to the Shipping Bulletin, because Radio 4 plays the National Anthem everyday at the end of programming, after the forecast.”
Some Twitter users, however, welcomed Mr Rosindell’s idea.
One user wrote: “Sounds fair enough to me. The Americans play their national anthem at 4pm every day on their UK air bases at Lakenheath, Mildenhall and Feltwell.”
Another said: “An odd reaction. It used to be played, and I’ve no idea why it stopped. Aside from that, it is the national anthem, after all, and it’s not exactly going to require vast sums of money to provide it; nor will it be much of an inconvenience to anyone.
“As such, why the ridicule?”
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