Boris Johnson sings praises of widely-mocked ‘One Britain One Nation’ song
Boris Johnson has sung the praises of the widely-mocked ‘One Britain One Nation’ song.
The UK Prime Minister’s spokesperson confirmed it had been played at No 10, and Johnson endorsed it yesterday, saying it promoted “fundamental British values”.
The founder of ‘One Britain One Nation Day’, retired police inspector Kash Singh, has said he wants to roll it out across UK schools.
He wants to take it “across the nation”, however it has been slapped down by the Welsh Government, which pointed out that education is devolved, and said it has not been “engaged” in the project.
The ‘One Britain One Nation’ day is on June 25th and includes singing the song “We are Britain and we have one dream to unite all people in one Great Team”.
The idea has been lampooned as “desperate” on social media, and YesCymru Chair Sion Jobbins has described the song as “creepy, weird and cringeworthy”.
Boris Johnson’s spokesperson told The Times: “The prime minister supports schools promoting [. . .] tolerance and respect. We endorse One Britain One Nation’s aims to help children learn about equality, kindness and pride.”
“The education department has not asked people to sing songs or promote any specific materials for One Britain One Nation (OBON) day”.
However, Gavin Williamson, the Education Secretary, who is responsible for schools in England, not Wales, had done so, after prompting in the Commons from Philip Davies, an MP thought to be friends with Kash Singh, who founded the campaign.
On Monday Davies said: “OBON day is on Friday, will the secretary of state thank Kash Singh for all he does and encourage all the schools to take part in OBON day on Friday?”
Williamson replied: “I’d very much like to thank Kash Singh for all the work he’s done and highlight this amazing project.
“It’s so incredibly important that schools do take part in it. We’ve already asked schools to be able to participate in this and we’re very happy from the dispatch box to reiterate that endorsement of this project.”
Chair of YesCymru, Sion Jobbins, told The National: “This effort is creepy, weird and cringeworthy.
“It’s a pathetic attempt at naff jingoism and the Welsh Government has rightfully seen through this lame attempt at indoctrination.
“The fact that they used the Union Jack to represent England is very telling and shows the organisers see Englishness and Britishness as the same thing.”
Mike Jones said: “North Korean levels of propaganda, this. The Union is finished, just let it die peacefully.”
Walis George said: “What nonsense is this?! Britain is an island not a nation, while the UK is a political union made up of four nations.”
YesCymru committee member Niki Jones said: “If I told Mared this, at 6 years of age, she would already laugh in my face. She is so Welsh in her identity, she’d think I was joking with her or something.”
Paul Thomas said: “Strong Soviet Union vibes.”
Stace Williams said: “Everything about this is terrible, somebody fire the lyricist immediately.”
A spokesperson for the Welsh Government told Nation.Cymru: “Education is a devolved matter and the Welsh Government has not been engaged in this project.”