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Joel Edwards: ‘Rule Britannia’ outdated

Ex-Evangelical Alliance General Director Joel Edwards has said some traditional songs from Last Night of the Proms should be dropped.


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Writing on Facebook he said: ‘A suitable museum should be found for “Rule Britannia”, “Jerusalem” and “Land of Hope and Glory”, with periodical public performances for posterity. As history has shown us, linking heaven, angels and nationalism is always a risky business. Does the BBC really believe that words like ‘Britons never shall be slaves’ represent people from Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and Africa who have kept the NHS and our transport systems going for decades?’