The BBC’s return of the national anthem has sparked a furious backlash in Scotland, with the phrase “not our national anthem” being used.
Storm Huntley, a co-host on JEREMY VINE, predicted that the government’s campaign to have the national anthem played every day on the BBC would backfire and result in a furious backlash in Scotland.
Andrew Rosindell, a Tory MP for Romford, appeared on the Jeremy Vine show to argue for the national anthem to be played every day on major broadcasters, including the BBC. The MP for Romford said the anthem should be played to help “unify the country.”
The request, which was made in the House of Commons on Thursday, was met with enthusiasm by Government ministers, who agreed to take it into consideration.
Prior to 247 rolling news, the anthem was played at the end of broadcast on television channels.
Storm Huntley, on the other hand, believes the move will backfire in Scotland, pitting the UK against Scotland.
On the Jeremy Vine show, she told Mr Rosindell that the anthem’s return would be “very unpopular” in Scotland.
“I think a lot of Scots don’t really recognize that as their national anthem,” Ms Huntley said.
“It does mention crushing rebellious Scots in the middle of it, which doesn’t feel entirely unifying as a home nation.”
“We have Flower of Scotland,” she continued, “and both national anthems are good to me.”
“However, the England-Scotland divide is a problem in the United Kingdom.”
Mr Rosindell had previously stated that the BBC should restore the national anthem on February 6th, to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
“The wokerati don’t want it back,” he claimed, “but young people today love their country and are deeply patriotic.”
“I know the minister will agree that singing the national anthem provides stability and pride in our nation,” Mr Rosindell said in the House of Commons on Thursday.
“Will the minister take steps to encourage public broadcasters to play the national anthem this year, the Queen’s platinum jubilee, and ensure the BBC restores it at the end of the day’s programming before switching to BBC World Service?”
“The more we hear the national anthem sung, frankly, the better,” Culture Minister Chris Philp told MPs.
“Fantastic question,” said Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries.
The concept was, however, mocked and derided.
On Twitter, Gary Lineker said the move reminded him of North Korea.
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