MPs back calls for English national anthem

England athletes led by flagbearer Nathan Robertson take part in the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi in 2010

Jerusalem was chosen as the anthem to be played for English athletes competing at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, and was used again in 2014 in Glasgow

MPs have given initial support to the idea of England adopting an official national anthem.

God Save the Queen, the national anthem for the UK as a whole, is currently used for England during most sporting events.

However, Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins believes England needs its own anthem and presented his case in the House of Commons as a ten minute rule motion.

His English National Anthem Bill was adopted by the House.

The idea will be debated again at a second reading on 4 March.

The bill would bestow a responsibility on the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to hold a consultation across the UK, and Mr Perkins suggested there could even be an “X Factor style programme” to select a song.

Goodbye to God Save the Queen?


And did those feet in ancient time

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

And did those feet in ancient time” is a short poem by William Blake from the preface to his epic Milton a Poem, one of a collection of writings known as the Prophetic Books. The date of 1804 on the title page is probably when the plates were begun, but the poem was printed c. 1808.[1] Today it is best known as the anthemJerusalem“, with music written by Sir Hubert Parry in 1916. It is not to be confused with another poem, much longer and larger in scope, but also by Blake, called Jerusalem The Emanation of the Giant Albion.

The poem was inspired by the apocryphal story that a young Jesus, accompanied by Joseph of Arimathea, a tin merchant, travelled to what is now England and visited Glastonbury during his unknown years.[2] The poem’s theme is linked to the Book of Revelation (3:12 and 21:2) describing a Second Coming, wherein Jesus establishes a New Jerusalem. The Christian church in general, and the English Church in particular, has long used Jerusalem as a metaphor for Heaven, a place of universal love and peace.[3]

In the most common interpretation of the poem, Blake implies that a visit by Jesus would briefly create heaven in England, in contrast to the “dark Satanic Mills” of the Industrial Revolution. Blake’s poem asks four questions rather than asserting the historical truth of Christ’s visit. Thus the poem merely implies that there may, or may not, have been a divine visit, when there was briefly heaven in England.[4][5]

The original text is found in the preface Blake wrote for inclusion with Milton, a Poem, following the lines beginning “The Stolen and Perverted Writings of Homer & Ovid: of Plato & Cicero, which all Men ought to contemn: …”[6]

The preface to Milton, as it appeared in Blake’s own illuminated version

Blake’s poem

Beneath the poem Blake inscribed an excerpt from the Bible: “Would to God that all the Lord’s people were Prophets”: Numbers chapter 11, verse 29.[6] (Book of Numbers 11:29).[7]

“Dark Satanic Mills”

Albion Flour Mills

The phrase “dark Satanic Mills”, which entered the English language from this poem, is often interpreted as referring to the early Industrial Revolution and its destruction of nature and human relationships.[8]

This view has been linked to the fate of the Albion Flour Mills, which was the first major factory in London. Designed by John Rennie and Samuel Wyatt, it was built on land purchased by Wyatt in Southwark. This rotary steam-powered flour mill by Matthew Boulton and James Watt used grinding gears by Rennie[9] to produce 6000 bushels of flour per week.

The factory could have driven independent traditional millers out of business, but it was destroyed in 1791 by fire, perhaps deliberately. London’s independent millers celebrated with placards reading, “Success to the mills of ALBION but no Albion Mills.”[10] Opponents referred to the factory as satanic, and accused its owners of adulterating flour and using cheap imports at the expense of British producers. A contemporary illustration of the fire shows a devil squatting on the building.[11] The mills were a short distance from Blake’s home.

Blake’s phrase resonates with a wider theme in his works, what he envisioned as a physically and spiritually repressive ideology based on a quantifiable reality. Blake saw the cotton mills and collieries of the period as a mechanism for the enslavement of millions, but the concepts underpinning the works had a wider application:[12][13]

And all the Arts of Life they changed into the Arts of Death in Albion./…[14]

— Jerusalem Chapter 3. William Blake
The first reference to Satan’s “mills”, next to images of megaliths (Milton: A Poem in Two Books, copy C, object 4)

Another interpretation, amongst Nonconformists, is that the phrase refers to the established Church of England. This church preached a doctrine of conformity to the established social order and class system, in contrast to Blake. In 2007 the new Bishop of Durham, N. T. Wright, explicitly recognised this element of English subculture when he acknowledged this alternative view that the “dark satanic mills” refer to the “great churches”.[15]

Stonehenge and other megaliths are featured in Milton, suggesting they may relate to the oppressive power of priestcraft in general; as Peter Porter observed, many scholars argue that the “mills” “are churches and not the factories of the Industrial Revolution everyone else takes them for”.[16] An alternative theory is that Blake is referring to a mystical concept within his own mythology related to the ancient history of England. Satan’s “mills” are referred to repeatedly in the main poem, and are first described in words which suggest neither industrialism nor ancient megaliths, but rather something more abstract: “the starry Mills of Satan/ Are built beneath the earth and waters of the Mundane Shell…To Mortals thy Mills seem everything, and the Harrow of Shaddai / A scheme of human conduct invisible and incomprehensible”.[17]

“Chariot of fire”

The line from the poem “Bring me my Chariot of fire!” draws on the story of 2 Kings 2:11, where the Old Testament prophet Elijah is taken directly to heaven: “And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.” The phrase has become a byword for divine energy, and inspired the title of the 1981 film Chariots of Fire. The plural phrase “chariots of fire” refers to 2 Kings 6:16–18.

“Green and pleasant Land”

Blake lived in London for most of his life, but wrote much of Milton while living in the village of Felpham in Sussex. Amanda Gilroy argues that the poem is informed by Blake’s “evident pleasure” in the Felpham countryside.[18]

The phrase “green and pleasant land” has become a collocation for identifiably English landscape or society. It appears as a headline, title or sub-title in numerous articles and books. Sometimes it refers, whether with appreciation, nostalgia or critical analysis, to idyllic or enigmatic aspects of the English countryside.[19] In other contexts it can suggest the perceived habits and aspirations of rural middle-class life.[20] Sometimes it is used ironically,[21] e.g. in the Dire Straits song “Iron Hand“.


Several of Blake’s poems and paintings express a notion of universal humanity: “As all men are alike (tho’ infinitely various)”. He retained an active interest in social and political events for all his life, but was often forced to resort to cloaking social idealism and political statements in Protestant mystical allegory. Even though the poem was written during the Napoleonic Wars, Blake was an outspoken supporter of the French Revolution, and Napoleon claimed to be continuing this revolution.[22] The poem expressed his desire for radical change without overt sedition. (In 1803 Blake was charged at Chichester with high treason for having “uttered seditious and treasonable expressions”, but was acquitted.[23]) The poem is followed in the preface by a quotation from Numbers ch. 11, v. 29: “Would to God that all the Lord’s people were prophets.” Christopher Rowland, a Professor of Theology at Oxford University, has argued that this includes

… everyone in the task of speaking out about what they saw. Prophecy for Blake, however, was not a prediction of the end of the world, but telling the truth as best a person can about what he or she sees, fortified by insight and an “honest persuasion” that with personal struggle, things could be improved. A human being observes, is indignant and speaks out: it’s a basic political maxim which is necessary for any age. Blake wanted to stir people from their intellectual slumbers, and the daily grind of their toil, to see that they were captivated in the grip of a culture which kept them thinking in ways which served the interests of the powerful.[24]

The words of the poem “stress the importance of people taking responsibility for change and building a better society ‘in Englands green and pleasant land.'”[24]


England national anthem: 10 alternative suggestions


Gordon’s Rant:

With reference to the political parties I propose:






5 Responses to “MPs back calls for English national anthem”

  1. beLIEve says:

    “Throw the “JOO” down the Well”

    gets my VOTE.

    Not that the ashkeNAZIs are ….joos or, christian or muslim.
    They are …Lucy-furians.

  2. Aldous says:

    What sort of hateful article is this when we have a bunch of foreigners waving the English Flag promoting England? WTF? Subversion of National Identity doesn’t come any more blatant than this.

    Only a moron would fall for this Zionist promoted English Anthem crap. A TOTAL distraction. The Usual Hateful Suspects will give it the same time and respect that they have given the Afghanistan, Iraqi, Libyan, Syrian National Anthems. Zilch.

    The Borat crap is no doubt meant to make the English look like a bunch of Anti-Semites? A disgraceful article.

  3. Aldous says:

    Apologies Gordon for that crass and inappropriate comment – bad day all round with too much drinking and too much heated arguing bordering on fighting about what’s really going down in the Zionist Occupied Wild Western World.

    It’s an interesting article and it will be interesting to see what ‘anthem’ they come up with. No doubt it will be one to ‘celebrate’ New England’s diversity, gender-free labeling of the New English and others (that they appear to be proposing for British Passports), equality for all – apart from/for the True English of course – and the resounding success(sic) of multiculturalism that if left unchecked, will ensure the eventual eradication (as intended) of the True English and other White Peoples of Europe, resulting in the coffee colored melting pot of dumbed-down humanity/slaves that the Coudenhove-Kallergi Plan had in store all along.

    The Coudenhove-Kalergi Plan – The Genocide Of The People Of Europe and Agenda 21

  4. Lynn says:

    Yes Aldous…why Jerusalem !! Dead giveaway me thinks. They want us to go quietly along destroying our heritage. Well not while I draw breath. We belong here and they bloody don’t. Let them do one to Jerusalem. The sooner they are all in one place, Putin can blow them away.

    • Aldous says:

      Hi Lynn, my recommendation for an English National Anthem is Ralph McTell’s ‘Streets of London’.

      Here’s a great video of him singing this classic in his young and not so young days with a nice mini interview in between:

      Ralph McTell Streets of London 7:06

      I try to be as generous as I can to those less fortunate but of course, it’s never enough. An average of 22 Veterans and one serving Squaddie are topping themselves in the States every single day. it’s frightening and terrible. The reasons vary but lack of money and job opportunities combined with the horrors of war that they have seen and experienced – and meted out – are clearly taking a huge toll. Many are unemployable anyway with their broken minds and bodies. The military wasn’t quite the dream ticket that they were misled to believe by their Zionist serving stooges and masters. I expect a similar horror show is happening in that once green and pleasant land called England, which looks like going the way of Camelot if the indigenous aren’t very careful.

      In American contexts, the word “Camelot” is sometimes used to refer admiringly to the presidency of John F. Kennedy. The Lerner and Loewe musical was still quite recent at the time and his widow Jackie quoted its lines in a 1963 Life interview following JFK’s assassination. She said the lines, “Don’t let it be forgot, that once there was a spot, for one brief shining moment, that was known as Camelot” were Kennedy’s favorite in the score, adding that “there’ll be great Presidents again, but there’ll never be another Camelot again… It will never be that way again.

      Of course, all the poverty and heartache could be over in the blink of an eye if Queen Elizabeth Saxe-Coburg und Gotha aka Windsor gifted just a fraction of her £130 Trillion fortune (in real wealth I hasten to add and not the phoney fiat crap that her subjects and us citizens have to put up with) to the poor and needy. Alas, she’s a monster and will do no such thing.

      I see one of her grandsons is selling tickets at £150 a throw for a standing position on The Mall when her 90th birthday is celebrated. You couldn’t make this up. I expect there’ll be no shortage of takers for this non event. Let’s hope it’s raining stair rods as well as a few cats and corgis.

      JFK Vs The Federal Reserve
      When President John Fitzgerald Kennedy – the author of Profiles in Courage -signed this Order, it returned to the federal government, specifically the Treasury Department, the Constitutional power to create and issue currency -money – without going through the privately owned Federal Reserve Bank. President Kennedy’s Executive Order 11110 [the full text is displayed further below] gave the Treasury Department the explicit authority: “to issue silver certificates against any silver bullion, silver, or standard silver dollars in the Treasury.” This means that for every ounce of silver in the U.S. Treasury’s vault, the government could introduce new money into circulation based on the silver bullion physically held there. As a result, more than $4 billion in United States Notes were brought into circulation in $2 and $5 denominations. $10 and $20 United States Notes were never circulated but were being printed by the Treasury Department when Kennedy was assassinated. It appears obvious that President Kennedy knew the Federal Reserve Notes being used as the purported legal currency were contrary to the Constitution of the United States of America.

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