A Conservative MP has called for God Save The Queen to be played again on the BBC every night – a proposal that has received mixed responses.
Andrew Rosindell, who represents Romford, suggested that an explosion of the national anthem at the end of the Beeb programming would reinforce “a great sense of unity and pride in our nation” – an idea that was enthusiastically received by government ministers.
Culture Secretary Chris Philp told MPs the more we hear the national anthem sung, frankly, the better, and Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said after Rosindell finished his question.
The anthem was played daily on BBC One until 1997, when it also aired on the BBC News channel in the early hours of the morning. The anthem can still be heard on Radio 4 before it is delivered to the BBC World Service.
The broadcaster and ex-soccer player Gary Lineker, who hosts some of the group’s biggest programs, was unimpressed.
“Yes, let’s be less British and more North Korean,” he wrote on Twitter.
Rosindell told the House of Commons, “I know the Minister will agree that singing the national anthem is something that gives our nation a great sense of unity and pride.
“So, this year of the Queen’s Platinum Anniversary, will the Minister take steps to encourage the public broadcasters to play the national anthem and ensure the BBC restores it at the end of the day before switching to News 24?”
Frontbench colleague Philp added, “We fully support the signing of Her Majesty the Queen’s national anthem and other expressions of patriotism – including flying the Union Jack.
“The more we hear the national anthem sung, to be honest, the better. Organizations like schools are free to promote it, and the more we can do in this area, the better it gets. “
A BBC spokesman said: “The national anthem is played every night on Radio 4 after the late shipping forecast and we continue to play it on television at appropriate times, such as during the Queen’s Christmas program.
“We no longer play the national anthem on BBC One every day because it doesn’t close in the evenings.”