IT’S time to bring in a new national anthem for England.
That was the call today from a top Huddersfield academic, in the wake of a new study into Britishness.
And Dr Andy Mycock, of the University of Huddersfield, thinks Jerusalem would make a good patriotic song.
He wants to keep God Save The Queen for Britain and the Commonwealth but thinks William Blake’s rousing song would be welcome.
The survey was carried out by the think tank British Future as part of a report analysing how people from around the UK view their “national identity”.
The organisation says the results show that more needs to be done to encourage a sense of “English patriotism” if the Union is to survive.
In a letter, signed by academics as well as MPs from all major parties, the think tank also calls for the introduction of a new English national anthem to help foster a greater sense of identity at sporting and national occasions.
It has suggested holding a popular vote to select an anthem such as Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory, I Vow to Thee, My Country, or Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, which could be adopted by the English and be used in the same way as Flower of Scotland by the Scots and Land Of My Fathers, by the Welsh.