The Archbishop of York criticizes London’s aristocracy for ‘patronizing’ English patriotism.
THE ARCHBISHOP OF YORK has issued a warning that people in England are feeling “left behind” by London’s “metropolitan elite,” and that all national football teams in the UK should sing “God Save the Queen” at games.
The city’s liberal elite, according to the senior cleric, have “patronized” common people for expressing pride in their English heritage. The Most Reverend Stephen Cottrell stated that all English citizens must “rediscover a national solidarity.” He argued that devolved powers in the English regions should be strengthened.
“Many English people feel left behind by urban elites in London and the South East, as well as by devolved administrations and stronger regional identities in Scotland and Wales,” he said.
“Their passionate cries to be heard are frequently ignored.
“It is purposefully misinterpreted or patronized as being xenophobic and backward.”
The Archbishop also urged for a study of England’s options for devolved power.
“What we need is an expansive vision of what it means to be English as part of the United Kingdom,” he wrote in the Daily Telegraph.
“It is this that will enable us to regain a national unity that is today more shattered than I have ever witnessed in my life.
“A more developed and strengthened regional governance within England would be a first foundation.”
Reverend Cottrell went on to say that this would “empower” the United Kingdom’s many nationalities and regions.
He went on to say that giving the English regions more devolved power would allow Westminster to take the lead on problems that affect the entire UK.
When playing against other UK nations, the Archbishop even urged that the English football team perform their own anthem before a game.
He went on to say that both squads might perform the national anthem, God Save The Queen, together.
“Then, when the United Kingdom’s various nations are pitted against each other on the sporting field, we may belt out our English, Scottish, Welsh, and Northern Irish anthems,” he continued.
“After that, we’ll all sing our national anthem together.
“And we must love our neighbors.”
“Both England and Scotland are part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland,” he continued.
“At the very least, we should have performed one national hymn.
“However, the Scots sang Flower of Scotland with amazing zeal.
“God Save the Queen was sung by the English.
“Both countries’ national anthems created the English anthem.”