Come on, BBC, play the national anthem! The God Save The Queen campaign is gaining a lot of traction.
The BBC and other public broadcasters should play God Save The Queen more frequently, according to ministers.
“The more we hear the National Anthem sung, frankly, the better,” Culture Minister Chris Philp told MPs in the Commons, after Conservative backbencher Andrew Rosindell raised the issue during Culture and Media Questions.
Andrew Rosindell MP wonders if the minister will take steps to encourage public broadcasters to play the national anthem.
“What a fantastic question,” Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries responds; “We fully support the singing of the national anthem,” Chris Philp addshttps:t.coHAtvniJfSr pic.twitter.comckqSqnrAUm
“I’m sure the minister will agree that singing the national anthem brings our country closer together and gives us a sense of pride.”
Will the minister take steps to encourage public broadcasters to play the National Anthem in this year of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, and ensure the BBC restores it at the end of the day’s programming before switching to News 24?” Mr Rosindell asked.
After Mr Rosindell finished speaking, Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries was overheard saying “fantastic question.”
“We fully support the signing of the National Anthem, Her Majesty the Queen, and other expressions of patriotism, including the flying of the Union Jack,” said her frontbench colleague Mr Philp.
To be honest, the more we hear the National Anthem sung, the better.
It is free to promote it by organizations such as schools, and the more we can do in this area, the better.”
Mr Rosindell told the Daily Express after the exchange that he was “very pleased” with the Government frontbenchers’ response to his question.
“They fully support and encourage the singing of the National Anthem,” he said.
Mr Rosindell, a Romford MP, has called for the BBC to resume its old practice of playing the National Anthem at the end of each evening’s programming.
“It was always played at the end of the day, and I believe they should reinstate that tradition for the Queen’s Jubilee.”
The fact that there is now 24-hour news does not rule out the possibility that BBC One programming will be cut short during the switchover.
It can be done, and I believe it should be done by February 6, the start of the Queen’s Jubilee.
“Secondly, we must make certain that this is the case.
“News from the Brinkwire.”
“Will the minister take steps to encourage public broadcasters to play the national anthem?” asks Andrew Rosindell MP
“Fantastic question” replies Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries;
“We fully support the singing of the national anthem” Chris Philp addshttps://t.co/HAtvniJfSr pic.twitter.com/ckqSqnrAUm
— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) January 6, 2022