‘One Britain One Nation’ united the UK – ‘in people laughing’ says Drakeford
The First Minister said that the ‘One Britain One Nation’ day did succeed in uniting the UK – ‘in people laughing’.
At this Covid press conference, he said that he was in favour of the United Kingdom but did not believe that the best way to make the case for it was through “flag-waving and song singing”.
“I want to case for UK made strongly,” he said. “But the way the UK Government go about it minimises real case. It relies on a flag waving approach that simply doesn’t work.
“This week’s fiasco about song singing in schools did unite people across the UK – in people laughing at the absurdity of idea.”
Earlier this week the UK Government have said that they want school children across Wales to sing a ‘We are Britain’ anthem as part of an event that will teach them about the UK’s “shared values”.
They encouraged schools across the UK to take part in a ‘One Britain One Nation’ day on June 25th which includes singing the song “We are Britain and we have one dream to unite all people in one Great Team”.
The lyrics included: “Our nation survived through many storms and many wars, We’ve opened our doors, and widened our island’s shores, We celebrate our differences with love in our hearts, United forever, never apart.”
It ends with the repeating lines “Strong Britain, Great Nation”.
The Department for Education said: “We’re encouraging schools across the UK to celebrate One Britain One Nation Day on 25 June, when children can learn about our shared values of tolerance, kindness, pride and respect.”
The Welsh national football team later counter-acted the ‘One Britain One Nation’ push by calling on school kids to sign the Welsh national anthem today instead.
“Ahead of our UEFA EURO 2020 match against Denmark on Saturday, we would love to see the support of our fans across Cymru,” they said.
“We would like schools across the country to sing Mae Hen Wlad fy Nhadau with pride this Friday morning and send us your clips for a special compilation to be created ahead of matchday. Canwch gydag angerdd, dros Gymru.”
Schools in Gwynedd and Anglesey were later encouraged by their local authorities to take part in singing Hen Wlad fy Nhadau.
A spokesman for Gwynedd said: “As a council we send our best wishes to the Wales National Football Team ahead of their match against Denmark on Saturday.
“The council’s Head of Education has encouraged Gwynedd schools to take part in the FAW campaign on Friday. We have also shared the FAW’s message on our social media platforms and in internal staff messages.”