Andrew Rosindell (Conservative MP) was mocked online after he asked the BBC for the national anthem to be played at the end each day.
Rosindell made this suggestion today at a House of Commons Meeting, January 6, when Rosindell asked ministers whether they would support encouraging public broadcasters playGod Save the Queen
As the Queen celebrates her platinum jubilee, the Tory MP suggested that this song be used as a way to end each day of the year.
Rosindell, speaking to the House of Commons described singing the national song as ‘something that provides stability and pride in our nation’, and said that he knew ‘the minister would agree’.
He went on. ‘So in this year, the Queen’s platinum jubilee, will the minister take steps to encourage public broadcasters to play the national anthem, and ensure the BBC restores it at the end of the day’s programming before it switches to News 24?’
Rosindell was contacted by Chris Philp, MP from Croydon South. He replied to Rosindell with his thoughts. ‘We fully support the singing of the national anthem, Her Majesty the Queen and other institutions of patriotism including flying the Union Jack,’ while Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries showed also support for Rosindell’s idea as she described it as a ‘fantastic question’.
However, it didn’t take long for some opposing opinions to emerge online.
Sharing a clip of Rosindell’s address on Twitter, writer Otto English wrote:
160,000 British people dead, 200,000 omicron cases a day – and the ruling party are concentrating their efforts on bringing back the national anthem on the BBC…
Pushing patriotism down people’s throats is a surefire way to make them hate it. We don’t have to sing that terrible dirge to celebrate this place, or even, if we are so minded – the Queen.
Another critic replied, ‘Wide spread poverty, soaring energy prices, NHS on verge of collapse re omicron variant, kids going hungry, disabled DNRs, inflation rising, food prices and petrol price rises. Here’s Tory MP Andrew Rosindell Down pointing backhand index wanting us to sing National anthem.’
Other internet users have mocked Rosindell’s comments by altering the ‘fantastic question’Dorries said he asked him, and one person laughed. ‘Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell asks whether Mickey Mouse is a duck-sized mouse, or Donald Duck is a mouse-sized duck. “Fantastic question,” says Nadine Dorries.’
Radio 4 plays the national anthem at the end each day.