Wall Street Journal mocks ‘One Britain One Nation Day’ for flopping in Wales
The Wall Street Journal has mocked ‘One Britain One Nation Day’ for flopping in Wales.
The iconic American business newspaper suggested that it “didn’t go so well” after the UK Government encouraged schools across the UK to take part.
It noted the Welsh Government pointing out that it “runs its own education system”, and that it hadn’t been “consulted” on the plan.
The event, which took place on Friday included singing a ‘We are Britain’ anthem and children being taught teach about the UK’s “shared values”.
But it led schoolchildren in Wales singing Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau instead to show support for the Welsh national football team ahead of its Euro 2020 clash with Denmark, after being encouraged to do so by the FAW.
This move was also backed by Welsh Education Minister Jeremy Miles.
— Jeremy Miles (@wgmin_education) June 25, 2021
The Wall Street Journal said: “Five years after the vote that pulled the U.K. out of the European Union, the British government this week tried to persuade schoolchildren across the country to belt out a new anthem expressing their love for the motherland, ‘One Britain One Nation. It didn’t go so well.
It added: “The young students, mostly around the Bradford area in northern England, where the campaign began, gathered outside to sing or drew pictures of people holding hands before waving paper flags.
“But many schools around the country opted out, saying singing runs up against Covid-19 restrictions.
“Others pointed out that the island Britain actually comprises three countries, England, Scotland and Wales. Northern Ireland, the fourth member of the United Kingdom, appears to have been forgotten entirely.
“Scotland’s leader Nicola Sturgeon, who favors independence from the rest of the U.K., said she thought it was a spoof when she heard about the ‘One Britain. song and noted that most Scottish schools will have shut for the summer holidays by Friday anyway.
“Wales’s government pointed out that it also runs its own education system and hasn’t been consulted in the plan, which is backed by the U.K.’s Department for Education.”