MPs have just voted in favour of England adopting a national anthem for sporting events and the like. Fair enough; they have had to use the UK anthem in the absence of one of their own for too long. That miserable dirge wouldn’t stir the heart of anyone, and given that many English people are neither deists nor republicans the lack of a toe-tapping melody isn’t its only problem.
You can see where I’m going with this, can’t you?
There is a vacancy and we’re surely the people to name the song fill it. My suggestion is that we should use the sad passing of the Dame as an excuse to adopt one of his – imagine Wembley singing ‘Oh You Pretty Things’ at the tops of their voices before a game. Even though I’m Scottish, though long resident in English, I’m tearing up all over again at the thought of it.