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IT’S time to bring in a new national anthem for England.

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.

Dr Mycock said: “It is not a question of ditching God Save The Queen. I believe it should remain as the British national anthem for state occasions and sporting events such as the Olympics where there is a British team competing.

“The need for an English national anthem is to acknowledge the difference between Englishness and Britishness.

“The use of God Save The Queen for English sporting and other national occasions is a constant source of tension with the other nations of the UK and also across the Commonwealth.

“Jerusalem has emerged as the most popular choice as it evokes an aspirational and positive view of England.

“It is played already when England take the field in cricket. Land of Hope and Glory is more associated with the UK as a whole rather than just England.”

Dr Mycock said he did not think that there is a problem with considering the idea of an English national anthem during the Jubilee Year.

“The Queen’s celebrations are not confined to England and in many ways it would be a positive step to keep God Save The Queen for special occasions when all her subjects come together across the UK and elsewhere,” he said.

 
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