At 03:07 04/03/2006, you wrote:
>Completely ignoring any political or nationalistic implications, God
>Save the Queen
>is not a song that goes well with sporting events. It is slow and
>stately. Has anyone
>ever seen the Scots comedian, Billy Connolly's bit on God Save the Queen and
>the Olympics? It's hysterical.
>As for Jerusalem, if my memory serves me correctly, this started out
>in football, not
>cricket. I was in England during the last World Cup and recall that
>the adopted anthem for the English team during that contest. It's an
>in my mind, since it is even more stately than God Save the Queen,
>is a lot less singable, and is strongly associated with the Women's
>Institute, a conservative women's organization.
By the same token, its also sung at Labour Party conferences. It is
also the anthem of the BNP. Seems to me it fulfils at least one
requirement of an anthem, being acceptable to a wide range of opinion
in the population.