There was much kerfuffle in the UK yesterday after the newly elected leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, failed to sing the national anthem God Save the Queen during an event to mark 75 years since the Battle of Britain.
Well, good for him. We are not Corbyn fans, but the idea that somebody has to sing anything is utter nonsense worthy of the 19th century. Corbyn is a republican, so singing ‘God Save the Queen’ (a bizarre dirge whose first verse – the one which is sung – makes no actual mention of Britain, remember) would have been to betray his principles (which are about all he has going for him).
By complete coincidence, Daughter of Bucharest Life was yesterday tasked by her teacher to learn the rather more rousing and generally superior Desteapta-te Romane, the Romanian national anthem written by Andrei Muresan in the 1840s. We of course told her to do no such thing, instead telling her that national anthems are outdated relics of a dark, nationalist past which have no place in modern society.
She learnt it anyway. So much for parental authority.
Anyway, here’s the only version of God Save the Queen we are happy to sing: