Andrew RT Davies backs call for public broadcasters to play God Save the Queen every day
Andrew RT Davies has backed a call for public broadcasters to play God Save the Queen every day.
The Leader of the Tories in the Senedd has welcomed a suggestion that likes of the BBC, Channel 4 and S4C should be encouraged to play the tribute to the British monarch, which is also the anthem for England’s sports teams.
The idea was suggested by Tory MP Andrew Rosindell, who represents the constituency of Romford.
He claimed that getting public broadcaster to play what he described as the “national anthem”, would provide a “great sense of unity and pride”.
According to RT Davies playing God Save The Queen and Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau would be a way to “celebrate our United Kingdom”.
In the House of Commons, Rosindell asked Nadine Dorries, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, who controls the budget as well as the regulation of S4C to “take steps to encourage public broadcasters” to play God Save the Queen.
Dorries described the question by Rosindell as a “fantastic” one.
In response to the suggestion, Welsh Government minister, Lee Waters said: “The Tories are the English Nationalist Party.”
Andrew RT Davies replied: “Before TV went 24 hours, both Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau and God Save The Queen were played at closedown.
“I’d love to see this revived. What better way to celebrate our United Kingdom?”
The Tory Senedd member for the Vale of Clwyd, Gareth Davies said: “This would be nothing new, before News 24 and round the clock tv, channels would always play the national anthems at close of play”.
In the House of Commons, Rosindell said: “I know that the minister will agree that the singing of the national anthem is something that provides great sense of unity and pride in our nation, and so in this year of the Queen’s platinum jubilee will the minister take steps to encourage public broadcasters to play the national anthem and ensure that the BBC restore it at the end of the day’s programming before it switches to News 24?”
Nadine Dorries replied: “Fantastic question”.
Nigel Huddleston MP, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, said: “We fully support the singing of the national anthem, Her Majesty the Queen, and other expressions of patriotism, including the flying of the Union Jack.
“The more that we hear the national anthem sung frankly the better. Of course organisations like schools are free to promote it, and the more we can do in this area, the better it will be.”
It’s not the first time Andrew Rosindell has made the demand. In 2016 he called for the BBC One to play God Save the Queen at the end of the day’s programming. Newsnight responded by playing God Save the Queen by the Sex Pistols.
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What took him so long ? Was he pondering coming out against it ? We need unambiguous answers to these seriously important questions.
The Tories are clearly feeling insecure! Does anyone think that flag-waving and enforced national anthems are going to save the UK? Let’s hope an independent Wales equally rejects this jingoistic nonsense!
Their insecurities show that they’re very out of touch. Most English people see Scottish & Welsh independence as a non-problem:—
If you take your pride from a tune, you are really quite silly, and in ART Davies’s case in need of professional help asap!
Welcome to North Korea…
Perhaps like North Korea we should be required to have a portrait of our Glorious Leader on the wall as well.
What a load of horse crap
Is there a polite way of saying “f***ing moron”?
I think that was the proof that he is nothing but a little Englander and against the Welsh government we aren’t even on the Royal Standard
Shame on you Andrew, your a Welshman & you should know better. Ramming the ‘English anthem’ down the throats of the Welsh and the Scots will not create unity. Do you think the English regions should perform Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau and Flower of Scotland in return? If you want British unity then how about a national anthem for England.
It is astonishing to witness the lack of insight these Tory MP’s have into the long term consequences of such stirring of English nationalist sentiment. Annibyniaeth nawr!
Goodness they really are going off the rails
Great idea……as long as it’s the Sex Pistols version.
I’ve got two words to say to ART Davies and the second one is ‘off’. I see he is he is still showing the photo where he modelled a sports jacket for an on line clothing magazine
Not in wales 🏴 no English royals in wales 🏴 kick all English party’s out of wales 🏴
RT ‘Beetroot’ Davies has clearly gone barking mad!.Independence now!
Never has one man buried his brown nose in so deep as Andrew RT Davies. I’d rather die than sing that dirge.
I suggest he come up for air, get off his knees, and grow a backbone. What a sycophant.
” Before tv went 24 hours God save the Queen was played at closedown. Why isn’t it played now? ”
A question that contains its own answer.
Talk about thick.
Uffernol o dwp.
Johnny Rotten will be glad about the royalties,given he,s had to give up punk rock to become a full time carer for his wife. I,m all for a punk revival me.
A great idea from ARTD and my local AM – Gareth 👋🏽 and it should start 🎵 with each party group singing their preferred anthem..up to three verses 🎶 …..I’m sure voters would see straight away which the great importance of this…
Each Party Leader could start the 🎤singing off with the first verse in alphabetical order – so that ‘ A ‘ for ?
If things go pear-shaped for Prince Andrew they’ll be singing God Help the Queen.
One thing for sure, the taxpayers across the UK will be footing the bill indirectly no matter how it’s dressed up.
Let’s face it instead of the usual kneejerk reaction, lets examine the idea further. It IS a fantastic idea. An idea supported by a man who fantasises that anyone still takes him seriously. And by oeple who fantises that Lizzie and co care a toss about them.
I can remember the days in my childhood (in London, BTW) when the dirge praying for the unelected Saxe-Coburg harridan was played in cinemas at the end of the films and inevitably provoked a mass stampede for the exits. Not even the English are interested in what is one of the worst “musical” and “poetical” compositions in history.
Words fail me! What a dinasaur!
Why should the Welsh feel any loyalty to the Queen of England? The heir and successor of Edward Longshanks.
Twaddle. Does he want to live in the 1950’s?
What a surprise! Doubt whether he knows the words to our national anthem, anyway.
Presumably the RT is short for Robotic Tw@t. Annibyniaeth, os gwelwch chi’n dda.