We're not. Actually, we feel tremendously flattered. A political leader in the country with the richest musical store in the world has chosen an English tune] We say: rejoice] Besides, it's not as if we are entirely guiltless ourselves in the musical adoption game. Handel, Delius, Holst, all good English names; 'Silent Night' and that sweetest, saddest of wartime tunes, 'Lili Marlene' ; and what was that insistent call sign, just like fate knocking at the door, which the BBC used during the last war? Everybody does it. The tune of 'God Save the Queen' has been borrowed as a national anthem by at least 20 countries. Please don't tell Sir Teddy, but there is a whisper that we got it from Switzerland.
Elgar himself hated the jingoism inspired by 'Land of Hope and Glory'. His great-niece Hilary says: 'It's such a jolly good tune you can't blame them for stealing it.' Quite. Chancellor Kohl, meanwhile, with his ineffable sense of style, has plumped for Tina Turner's 'Simply the Best'.