How do you feel about your Anthem? You sing "God Save The Queen" to represent your country, but the Queen has no real political power (maybe economic power)
>but the Queen has no real political power
That is the only reason we tolerate a Monarch m8. The Queen is a public servant and figurehead for the country. Stuff like the national anthem where we celebrate the Queen is a celebration of the country. It's about symbolism.
What Brits won't do is respect power. The Prime Minister and powerful politicians are resented and mocked on a daily basis. If the Queen was powerful, she would not be respected.
Anyways, God save the Queen is a shit national anthem, I would prefer this:
You should add that this melody and the lyrics that inspired this anthem (grand Dieu sauve le Roi) was written in France to celebrate the recovery of Louis 14's anal fistula surgery.
Their anthem they proudly sing is basically a song about a French song about an anal fistula.
The Monarchy is fine, the anthem is pretty lame but not really because of the lyrics more it's simplistic repetitive nature.
Jerusalem would be GOAT but probably too England-centric.
An abridged Land of Hope & Glory is another contender, [spoiler]not least because it's somewhat of a militarist right-wing anthem :^)[/spoiler]
Ireland's anthem should be les lacs du connemara
>the Queen has no real political power
>this is what foreigners ACTUALLY BELIEVE
The UK has Parliamentary Supremacy which basically means all real power resides in the House of Commons. The Commons can bring down the British government at any time, with a single vote. It could abolish the Monarchy too.
I never get why Australians, New Zealanders and Canadians have to have this special snowflake syndrome. Why not accept your heritage and embrace it? Unlike the US you are direct offshoots of Britain.
when UKIP are in power m8
thats what farage is pushing for. i cant think of anything more glorious than cutting ties with scummy europe and reviving relations with my commonwealth brothers
Are you fucking serious? I don't know anyone anywhere who gives a shit about the Queen. I have one mate who makes half-jokey pro-monarchy statements and claims to love the Queen and Margaret Thatcher but that's about it.
I'm from Essex so you might be onto something. They love the Queen in the North?
It's really not, Americans have unwavering retarded patriotism to their dumb country. Brits see the royal family more as a curiosity, a throwback to a time long gone.
In reality they're just a family of inbreds who use tax money to fund their little Game of Thrones fantasy world.
Rule Brittania should be the anthem since its a Scottish song that's also popular in England
Only way to keep everyvone in solidarity. Majority of Scots don't even know the lyrics to GSTQ.
Current Scottish anthem makes a good folk song but its a shit anthem imo. Anthem should be Scots Wha Hae, rousing as fuck.
Wha for Scotland's King and Law
Freedom's sword will strongly draw
Freeman stand or freeman fa (fall, prononced faw)
Let him follow me!
English anthem should be Land of Hope and Glory
To an extent we do, Britain is an essential part of that identity though. For example one of the biggest and longest running sporting events is the Ashes, an annual cricket match played against England. So while there is a rivalry it's not based on the same thing ideas as Americans.
To add to that Australia never had a revolution like America, so there has never really been a fighting spirit of independence.
>not Scotland the Brave
>Land of the misty cloud
>Land of the tempest loud
>Land of the brave and proud
>Land of the free
I'm not the same Brit who said that. Not sure what he's referring to, the only real power the Queen has these days is to seize land wherever she chooses as far as I know.
But either way even if what he said is true the House of Commons would never do that, because the implications would be disastrous. What's the point.
I don't like that it disparages the Italians among others.
Also the lyrical version is nowhere near as popular as the pipe tune, whereas as everybody knows the words to Scots Wha Hae.
>okay, so serious question, why isn't the UK just a republic then?
UK is a parliamentary democracy. It means that unlike the USA, the head of state (queen) and head of government (big dave) are different people. The head of state is the public image of the country and acts as an ambassador, does public events etc, leaving the Prime Minister more time to run the country. It also means that the country's unifying figurehead is not a powerful government figure, which is good for governance.
So, assume we abolish the monarchy. What happens then? We still need a head of state. It would be a figurehead President, like they have in Germany or Finland, who would be appointed or elected. They have to be paid for just like the monarch.
So why change? Brits prefer that the family personifying their state has a historical connection to the country, rather than having a random popularity contest for a position that doesn't even hold power. It's about tradition and symbols.
The anon you replied to isn't me.
>Not sure what he's referring to
Google "Parliamentary Sovereignty"
>But either way even if what he said is true the House of Commons would never do that
Of course they wouldn't. The public support the Monarchy, MPs who did that would be voted out by their constituents in the next election. I'm just telling the American anon where the power lies.
>it disparages the Italians
that doesn't strike as really disparaging, but that's probably because the French anthem is, literally, about watering our fields with the impure blood of foreigners
The current Britain is also an offshoot of the one we sprung from. There is no need to be subservient to them since they're not the Britain of a hundred years ago and we have all the facilities to be fully independent
God Save the Queen and the UJ are both still official here as our national anthem and flag we just don't use them.
The royal family is our royal family, always has been and always will be. Republicans are filthy traitors against everything NZ stands for and the flag change referendum isn't going to mean anything other than no government will dare broach the issue until the country has a JF majority
"Technically" it comes from what is called the "Crown in Parliament", which is the Commons + Lords + the Sovereign. But the Sovereign is just a rubber stamp on what comes out of the two Houses, and the Lords is just a review body
The most important thing to remember is that Acts of Parliament overrule everything else and they come out of the Commons. The only thing Parliament cannot do is bind future Parliaments.
>Her sons drinking love from the eyes of her daughters
>Where freedom expires amid softness and sighs
This an accusation that the Italians are not as free as us because they are sloths and cucks that don't know how to fight. I think that's a wee bit harsh on the Italians.
The competetion ended last year and nothing good came out of it and the committee designed to pick ones that people could vote for picked the most blandest uninspired shit (all of which used maori designs) which got whittled down to pic related
We vote on if we want to change it or not in april or some shit it's either status quo or that ugly as fuck fern
People are going to vote to keep our current one and our Jew pm is going to have a lot of egg on his beaky face
I like God save the Queen melody.
It inspirated Haydn to compose das Lied der Deutschen, but it was "Gott erhalte Franz, den Kaiser", with very similar text.
The Holy Roman Empire went down, but then the Germans took from the Austrians the Anthem and improved it.
Sorry mate but our government is actually democratic and wont just force a leaf on us like yours did
I have no idea why people vote for him considering he's a smarmy cunt with no charisma or vision for the future of the country other than making it easier for foreign companies to rape our resources