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Welsh Gov slaps down Westminster plan for children in Wales to celebrate ‘One Britain One Nation Day’

22 Jun 2021 3 minutes Read
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The Welsh Government has slapped down a Westminster plan for school children in Wales to celebrate ‘One Britain One Nation Day’.

The UK Government wanted pupils across Wales to sing a ‘We are Britain’ anthem as part of the event that will teach them about the UK’s “shared values”.

They said that they were encouraging schools across the UK to take part in the ‘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”.

However, the Welsh Government has poured cold water on the idea, pointing out that education is “devolved” and saying it has not been “engaged” in the project.

The idea has also been lampooned as “desperate” on social media.

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.”

‘Many wars’

The lyrics of the ‘We are Britain’ anthem include: “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 event which aims to develop “a sense of civic pride by championing our shared values of British Citizenship” also includes encouraging every child to clap for a minute to recognise, embrace and pay tribute to all those people who helped during the Covid 19 pandemic crisis.

The UK Government’s 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.”

So far, it seems that only schools in the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council area have signed up to take part in ‘One Britain One Nation’ day. Education in Wales is also devolved to the Welsh Government.

Among the aims of the organisation are to “promote, rejoice and celebrate the successes of our people under the common and collective identity of being British”.

Another aim is to “re-appropriate the flag of Great Britain so that it represents all people of good conscience, in order to promote and celebrate our common and collective identity”.

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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
4 months ago

Or else children, it is Spiderman and his whip…Is this where Johnson’s imagination takes him when he is in class…

CJPh
CJPh
4 months ago

The song is a modern marvel – How can it have such a wimpy, hand-holding “can’t we all just geddalong, gang?” vibe at the same time as having such an authoritarian, revisionist vibe? Bravo.

Quornby
Quornby
4 months ago

The union is almost over for which we may all thank God.

CJPh
CJPh
4 months ago
Reply to  Quornby

repeat your comment to the tune of ‘dancing in the street’ and you’ve got yourself a hit!

j humphrys
j humphrys
4 months ago
Reply to  CJPh

Boris ‘an the Vandellas…….bagsee me triangle! We’ll show that meatloaf bloke!

Geraint
Geraint
4 months ago

“We’ve opened our doors” but have now definitely closed and locked them so that no more foreigners (especially from Europe) can come here.

Rob
Rob
4 months ago

The scansion is dreadful!

Angela Coles
Angela Coles
3 months ago
Reply to  Rob

You’re right, it made me shudder .. ghastly, sounds like it was created by committee.

Ama Gafr
Ama Gafr
3 months ago
Reply to  Angela Coles

I believe it was written by school children. Still doesn’t excuse the UK gov choosing it though.

Gaynor
Gaynor
3 months ago

All together now ….Springtime for Hitler and Germany ..”

William Habib Steele
William Habib Steele
3 months ago

The One Britain is England in the eyes of the promoters! And the English are not citizens, they are subjects. Scots in Scotland are not subjects. They are the Sovereign and the Queen and Parliaments are the subjects. What about the Welsh? Are we subjects or citizens?

Stephen Owen
Stephen Owen
3 months ago

We are colonised

Peter McMahon
Peter McMahon
3 months ago

Wales wilnae jine in an oor weans in Scotland’ll be oan hoaliday…. the Wan Nation gowks cuildnae organise a micturation festival in a brewed cereal grain production facility.

Siân
Siân
3 months ago

Blimey how stupid do they think we are? Wales isn’t even represented on the so called “union” flag. Cymru am byth…. Croeso i bawb….. #inclusivenotexclusive #cofioTryweryn #cofioyWelshNot #cofioWindrush

Quornby
Quornby
3 months ago
Reply to  Siân

A cofiwch Aberfan a’r Epynt

Keith Gogarth
Keith Gogarth
3 months ago

The next thing will be kid’s camps where they wear u informs and sing patriotic songs and March about

Hogyn y Gogledd
Hogyn y Gogledd
3 months ago
Reply to  Keith Gogarth

That, I fear, is precisely where it is going.

defaid
defaid
3 months ago

Diolch am llyw.cymru

A diolch i llyw.cymru, hefyd.

defaid
defaid
3 months ago

The flag of Great Britain, that represents all people of good conscience?

Boris, you’d better put that down.

Chris
Chris
3 months ago
Reply to  defaid

Ironically the multicoloured sphincter flag has represented a brutal thieving murderous cartel and now represents hateful isolationists. I’m glad we’re not on it.

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
3 months ago

Centuries of having ‘God save the Queen/King’ shoved down our throats and now they want us to sing another – no chance.

Nick Randall-Smith
Nick Randall-Smith
3 months ago

Boris Johnson is really trying his hardest to destroy the Union or he really is a complete idiot.

Kazzybb
Kazzybb
3 months ago

Union is dead and Scotland will be free of this naziism

Gavin
Gavin
3 months ago

Apparently, Boris is considering Glorious Leader Day if this One Britain thing become a success.

Llin
Llin
3 months ago

Mae o, yn ei ffordd chwithig ei hyn, heb sylweddoli, yn rhoi hwb sylweddol i YES CYMRU.

Dave H 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🇪🇺 Invoke Clause 8 (1320)
Dave H 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🇪🇺 Invoke Clause 8 (1320)
3 months ago

In Scotland we’re lucky that education was specifically excluded from the Union of Parliaments in 170, and Wales does not have that historic buttress to oppose this as strongly. But I’m glad that you are

Robert Downinh
Robert Downinh
3 months ago

I’ll be singing a partriotic song throughout the day,
Yma o Hyd.

John Bell
John Bell
3 months ago

Is BonZo about to be ‘re-branded’ as …………
Kim-jong BonZo!!!!!!.
Might need newer gold wallpaper, then!!!!!!!
BonZo IS a TOTAL pillock!!!!!

Chris
Chris
3 months ago

Someone pointed out that One Britain One Nation was strikingly similar to another slogan that was chanted by “the Youth” about 76 years ago. “Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Fuhrer”.
The Vote Leave government certainly like their history eh?

Pat
Pat
3 months ago

Good idea.There are always WOKE people waiting to complain.I want a United Britain.I don’t want it divided.Brilliant thinking by the government.

Christopher. James
Christopher. James
3 months ago

Proud to be welsh proud to be British this country is the kindest country on the planet to be British is to be respected as an honour to honour are family and friends who died for us to be proud off who we are in this great and promised land off pride great Britain and long may it be great and welcoming to are friends around the world love this wales and great Britain so long live are great and wonderful land forever British 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧

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