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BBC Reverses Decision to Omit Rule Britannia Lyrics

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The BBC has reversed a plan to omit the words from two patriotic songs at the pomp-laden climax of a traditional classical music festival this month after critics, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson, accused the broadcaster of seeking to censor Britains past.

With CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus restrictions limiting the size of the choir and preventing an audience from attending, the broadcaster had planned to play only orchestral versions of “Rule Britannia!” and “Land of Hope and Glory,” which are normally sung by flag-waving fans during The Last Night of the Proms concert.

Revellers waving British flags as they enjoy 'The Last Night of the Proms' celebration in Hyde Park, in London on Sept. 14, 2018
Revellers waving British flags as they enjoy 'The Last Night of the Proms' celebration in Hyde Park, in London on Sept. 14, 2018
In this file photo revelers wave British flags as they enjoy The Last Night of the Proms celebration in Hyde Park, London, on Sept. 14, 2018. (Reuters/Dylan Martinez)

Critics, however, accused the broadcaster of caving in to political correctness and pressure from social justice campaigners.

Cringing Embarrassment

Johnson told reporters last week that he couldnt believe that the BBC had determined to strip the two iconic patriotic songs of their lyrics.

“If it is correct and I cannot believe that it really is … that the BBC is saying that they will not sing the words of Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia!, as they traditionally do at the end of The Last Night of The Proms, I think its time we stopped our cringing embarrassment about our history, and about our culture,” he said.

Johnson added that it was time “we stopped this bout of general self-recrimination and wetness.”

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden had also objected to the BBCs original decision and last week said that “confident forward-looking nations dont erase their history, they add to it.”

Following the BBCs decision not to censor the two traditional songs, Dowden wrote in a tweet on Wednesday that he was “pleased to see common sense has prevailed on the BBC Proms.”

Pleased to see common sense has prevailed on the BBC Proms

— Oliver Dowden (@OliverDowden) September 2, 2020

The BBC, having changed their decision, said on Wednesday that a select group of BBC singers would now sing the wRead More – Source