Should we change our national anthem?

18th September 2018 The Big Questions 2 Comments

In my opinion, Britain needs a new national anthem. Why is that, you may ask? Well, I think it needs changing because the National Anthem is about just one person: the Queen. And she doesn’t need saving from anything: the UK Government give her millions of pounds a year.

Another reason I think that we should change it is because the majority of countries now have a national anthem about their countries rather than about their current (or former) leaders or heads of state. Even China and North Korea don’t have anthems about their current or former leaders! Instead, most countries have national anthems saying how great their country is etc. etc. There are alternative pieces of music we could have as our National Anthem. Below are the top two and why they would be so great:

Land of Hope and Glory

Ah, Land of Hope and Glory: the song they always play on the last night of the proms. This could be a potential candidate for a new national anthem as it describes how we are the “mother of the free”. It was originally written as a British patriotic song.


Another candidate for Britain’s new national anthem: Jerusalem. The lyrics say about how we shall never rest until we’ve built the perfect land on English soil. (They refer to this perfect land as “Jerusalem” in the lyrics.)

I will not cease from metal fight;
Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand
Till we have built Jerusalem
In England’s green and pleasant land.


In conclusion, we need a new national anthem for Britain. One that captivates our patriotism for our country. One that says how great our country has been. We are no longer ruled by a king or queen – so why should our national anthem say so otherwise?

Do you have any other suggestions for a new national anthem? Comments below!

2 thoughts on “Should we change our national anthem?

  1. “Land of hope and Glory should be our National Anthem” That’s my view, the words are very fitting. Well done Callum.

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