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Yet again they try to erase our history and culture.

Telegraph | News | Pop and circumstance: councillor tries to ban Elgar and bring in Rod

A council is considering banning Land of Hope and Glory from Remembrance Day celebrations because it is too political - and replacing it with the more "relevant" Rod Stewart song Sailing.
Wolverhampton council will decide on the motion forwarded by the Labour councillor Peter O'Neill.
He declined to say why exactly he objected to Edward Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance and why he thought the words written for it were political, adding: "It's just my personal view."

He said Sailing would be a more appropriate song because it was more relevant to the younger generation.

To be fair to Wolverhampton this is just one prat putting forward a view, so far, unlike last year where another Black Country council banned Poppies as a fire hazard.
Oh and "relevance to the yoof" - what bollocks - especially using a 1970s song as an example...

UPDATE: - I think it is entirely appropriate to include "Sailing" in a Service of Remembrance as it was in a way the theme tune of The Falklands War, just as some of Dame Vera's tunes represent the last European unpleasantness - as Dear Noelie remarked there is a "potency of cheap music" but in addition, not as a replacement.

UPDATE 2: - I note Tim Worstall comes to the same view and also quotes Dear Noelie - "Great minds seldom differ - or something".


In the immortal words of Spinal Tap: What a wanker!

Jesus, sometimes I wonder how these bleeding hearts get through the day without breaking down in tears at enormity of the task they face in rendering absolutely everything in our lives pointless and anodyne.

I don't much like either song but I'll defend to the death anyone's right to sing them, anyone, that is, except for that pseudo-Scottish twat Stewart.

Relevant? Is this "relevant"?? My God..

"I am sailing, I am sailing,
I am flying, passing high clouds,
to be with you, to be free.

Can you hear me, can you hear me
thro' the dark night, far away,
I am dying, forever trying,
to be with you, who can say.

Can you hear me, can you hear me,
thro' the dark night far away.
I am dying, forever trying,
to be with you, who can say.

We are sailing, we are sailing,
home again 'cross the sea.
We are sailing stormy waters,
to be near you, to be free.

Oh Lord, to be near you, to be free.
Oh Lord, to be near you, to be free,
Oh Lord."

I have to go with Tim Worstall's view - for me the song is inexorably to the Falkland's War. My father wa a civilian contractor who sailed with the fleet and even though he was flown, rather than sailed back, the Royal Marines Band still played it when he returned and I can vividly remember singing it, waving my little Union Jack and wondering why my mother was crying. For me at least, perfectly relevant for Remembrance Day. Top marks to Councillor O'Neill, I'm sure he thinks the same way as I do and just had to phrase it in leftyspeak to sneak it past his Labour colleagues. On the other hand, he could just be a complete idiot.

So I'm the only one who thinks this is ridiculous then? Land of Hope and Glory isn't really political is it? It's a song that's often closely associated with England, that's why it's being pushed to one side. We are Sailing is religious, why isn't that inappropriate? Especially with the number of non-English people in Wolverhampton.

I think somebody has been reading "How to hit the headlines in 3 easy steps" by J Prescott esq.

How about "Sgt. Mackenzie" as a pop music addition,if one must have one? It's a fairly recent song but has the virtue of sounding like an old one. Even though it was inspired by the death of the songwriter's grandfather in the Great War, the final flurry of shouts, bagpipes and musketry make it seem almost more evocative of Waterloo or any numbef of 19th century battles in which Highlanders were prominent.

When they come
I wull stan ma ground
Stand ma ground
I'll nae be afraid...

Well said Tim, but I heard the prat this morning on the radio saying he had withdrawn his suggestion as he had had a lot of people telling him how "hurt" it made them feel. I hope they know where to put the X next time they vote!

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