September 16th, 2015


Interesting Times

If he'd sung the national anthem he'd have been called a hypocrite. As it is he chose not to and he's accused of "snubbing the Queen". Can't win, can he?

Matthew Parris says he expects the Labour party to split and the Tories to split soon after- with the Blairites in both parties getting together to form a party of their own- because they have more in common with one another than with the purists of left and right. So then we'd have three main parties- a socialist party, a party of reaction (of the kind that might please Peter Hitchens) and a party of the so-called "middle-ground". It would be a more honest arrangement than the one we have at present.

I don't suppose Corbyn will ever be Prime Minister, but I'm hoping he's going to serve as the catalyst for political change.

Bring Me My Arrows Of Desire

Our national anthem is needlessly divisive.

If I were French I'd have no problem singing the (hair-raising) Marseillaise and if I were American I'd have no problem singing the (stirring) Star-spangled Banner, but the British national anthem commits me to monarchical rule and that's something I'm against. Like Corbyn I refuse to sing it. I'm a Republican. And in spite of everything the establishment and its media would like us to believe there's a a strong, honest and deeply patriotic tradition of British Republicanism. Let's reel off some names. Milton was a Republican, so were Burns, Shelley, Wilkes, Paine and Blake; I'm happy to be of their company. And then there's Cromwell (that very great man) who stands in solid, grim faced, Victorian bronze outside the Houses of Parliament- as a reminder and a reproach.

There are alternatives. The Scots have already adopted Flower of Scotland. Here in England there's Jerusalem. I'd have no problem singing Jerusalem. I'm a patriot, only not a monarchist- and the establishment has conflated the two. Listen, you lot, we fought a war over this issue; which- incidentally-  we won- and we're still here.  It's wrong that a nation of two opinions should have a national song that so offensively promotes the values of the dominant party.