Good Morning Britain viewers were perplexed when a Tory MP suggested that the BBC should return to playing the national anthem every day, pointing out that there are many more important issues to focus on at the moment.
Andrew Rosindell MP appeared on the show, suggesting that the move would help the country to ‘uphold our traditions’.
He said: ‘There’s no better way of doing that than to sing together the anthem of our country, which represents literally everybody, it doesn’t matter what background you are or what differences there may be. The one thing that unites us all is being British.
‘There is no better year to restore this on BBC One and other broadcasters as well than the year of the Queen’s platinum jubilee. Unfortunately so few people ever hear the national anthem, let alone know the words. It’s never sung in schools, it’s never played by public broadcasters at the end of the day…it is time to restore it.’
Viewers weren’t too impressed with his appearance, with one writing: ‘Bring back the national anthem, doesn’t deserve any air time, a deflection of the crisis we are in.’
Another said: ‘Who’s loud chap on #GMB he wants to bring back the National Anthem? And he’s quite serious! He’s am MP? There are people starving @ foodbanks, ppl who face enourmous fuel bills & some who won’t be able to pay them. There’s the #BrexitTruth empty shelves higher prices. Anthem?’
Referencing when the national anthem was played in cinemas in the 1940s and 50s, a viewer weighed in: ‘I can remember when people ran out of cinemas so they didn’t have to stand and wait for the national anthem. That’s how much they cared.’
Another viewer had an alternative suggestion, writing: ‘Lets play the Benny Hill anthem before PMQ’s.’
In the early hours of the morning, typically around 1am on weekdays and 2am on weekends, terrestrial BBC channels finish the day’s programming and switch to rolling news coverage.
In the past, BBC One used to follow the pattern every night of airing the national weather forecast, a public information film on Mondays to Thursdays, and then a clock, before the national anthem was played.
However, the daily playing of the national anthem was scrapped in 1997.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
Credit: Original article published here.