Thursday, 26 February 2004

Arise Citizens

Clive Summerfield @ Thursday, February 26, 2004
So today, in Brent Town Hall, the UK will hold its first ceremony for immigrants granted British citizenship. Seems like a pretty good idea, though it does make one wonder about all the people previously granted citizenship. Are they any less loyal? Probably not. And what about people born British citizens? The concern is not with the ceremony itself, but with the way some sections of society may present it. With hindsight those involved may wish that it had been a more low key event. And why suggest that ceremonies in Scotland and Wales would involve singing something more appropriate than the National Anthem? They are - after all - becoming British citizens, not Welsh or Scottish. What would they sing anyway? The Scots haven't even settled on a national anthem themselves, though the Welsh have Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau. Imagine having English as your second language and having then to sing in Welsh....

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