Sports Letter: Time for a new anthem

Sir: Re Glenn Moore's article "Time to commission a new English anthem" (17 November), I would definitely welcome a change from "God Save the Queen". I only ever feel British during the occasional sporting event, ie Lions tours and Olympics. I am English, and proud to be so.

Not only is the Queen of German ancestry, I believe I am right in saying that her mother would probably be classed (before marrying into the British royal family) as Scottish.

"Jerusalem" would be the most preferable of the established suggestions. However, a new song would be even better.

That wouldn't mean that the Scots would respect a new English national anthem, any more than "God Save the Queen". They will continue to carry a negative attitude towards our country and people, and maybe only political change will alter that.

ADRIAN BAKER

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