Sunday, December 09, 2007

Would you like some salt and vinegar with that chip?

I see Greg Mulholland has tabled a motion calling for the sixth verse of God Save the Queen to be dropped because it talks about crushing the rebellious Scots. The fact that no normal person one really knows anything other than the first verse (if they're lucky) seems to be lost on Mulholland.

Seriously, what's the point in tokenism when no one ever sings the verse anymore? Having said this I would enjoy watching Gordon Brown singing it. Whilst we're on the subject of Scotland, Danny Finkelstein held a "Motto for Scotland" cometition on Comment Central and they have a winner, which just so happens to be the one that I voted for.

"Chips for tea. Chips on shoulders" - it seems quite apt when you think about these silly calls to rewrite the national anthem.


Anonymous said...

Terribly funny chaps. That'll put these Jocks in their place.

David said...

Er, perhaps someone should tell him it was dropped years ago. Only the four verses are recognised

Newmania said...

Just caught uo with the last few days , all good stuff Dizzy with somem new angles as ever.Any ideas on the following

1There are rumours that Compass , who have campaigned against Boris are also via their opaque trust recieving funds from the GLA , where would you look ?

2 Labour are floating the rumour that Grell `s defence was not funded by the Labour Party but by an Insurjace Policy. How can that be ? What sort of Policy and who paid the Premium.

I reckon that was a lie told in panic

Anonymous said...

I see that the DT are helping Brown with a Britishness campaign. That's pathetic.

As a recent recipient of British nationality, I found that although I have lived in England for umpty years, I cannot become English but just the generic "British". Shame.

Shug Niggurath said...

I'm a Scot Dizzy, and proud of both the Scottish and British parts of my heritage.

I've heard this God Save the Queen crap more than a few times. Something that's rarely mentioned is the de-facto Scots anthem as used at major sports events is 'Flower of Scotland' with the lines:

That fought against him, Chant: 'gainst who?'
proud Edward's army Chant: Bastards
And sent him homewardChant: Whit fur?
tae think again

So it's hardly as if the British anthem is alone in it's memories of 12th and 13th Century battles over the political make-up of the country...

Anonymous said...

Presumably he also proposes banning every verse of Flower of Scotland. Each one refers to sending back Edward's (ie. the English) army.

O flower of Scotland
When will we see your like again
That fought and died for
Your wee bit hill and glen
And stood against him
Proud Edward's army
And sent him homeward
Tae think again

The hills are bare now
And autumn leaves lie thick and still
O'er land that is lost now
Which those so dearly held
And stood against him
Proud Edward's army
And sent him homeward
Tae think again

Those days are passed now
And in the past they must remain
But we can still rise now
And be the nation again
That stood against him
Proud Edward's army
And sent him homeward
Tae think again

O Flower of Scotland - Scotland's (unofficial) National Anthem. The Flower of Scotland, written by The Corries, is the official anthem of the Scottish Football Team and the Scottish Rugby Team.

Bretwalda Edwin-Higham said...

I'd enjoy watching Gordon Brown say the word England.

ShropshireHillbilly said...

I think we should make the sixth verse the ONLY verse and then watch Gay Gordo do a John Redwood at the next performance!!! A plague on all of them!