LETTERS: Abolish the monarchy and scrap ‘mournful dirge’ national anthem

The Queen. Photo: PA
The Queen. Photo: PA
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So Matthew Hobson (Letters, September 21) has joined the right-wing mob of flag wavers who have been whipped into a frenzy by the Tory press because Jeremy Corbyn did not sing God Save The Queen.

He claims that “the national anthem is a gesture of your allegiance to our nation”. It is nothing of the sort, being a mournful dirge in praise of one individual; that individual being someone who has succeeded to the title of King or Queen simply by an accident of birth.

The concept of royalty is an outdated anachronism which has no place or indeed any useful function in the modern world. We live in a so-called democracy yet have an unelected monarch foisted upon us by the establishment. I also refuse to sing the national anthem as the words are totally meaningless to me but that does not signify a lack of allegiance to the country on my part.

The monarchy costs this country well in excess of £300 million per year, although the well- oiled Buckingham Palace propaganda machine continues to fool the public by falsely claiming that the cost works out at less than £1 per head of the population. There is no doubt that the monarchy has not suffered any of the consequences of the Tory government’s austerity policies as it forges ahead protecting its rich friends in the City of London and attacking those unfortunate members of society who are in no position to fight back.

There is absolutely nothing to celebrate in the fact that Elizabeth Windsor/Mountbatten, or whatever name she goes under, has completed more than 63 years in her well-paid role, thereby beating the record of her ancestor the frosty, miserable Queen Victoria.

I am a member of Republic which campaigns for the abolition of the monarchy and its replacement by a democratic alternative.

Had Jeremy Corbyn mouthed the words of the national anthem, in deference to a person whose function he does not support, maybe Matthew Hobson would have been criticising the Labour leader for being a hypocrite.

I look forward to the day when the monarchy is abolished and the awful national anthem replaced by one which is truly national in that it encompasses the whole country and not one pampered individual.

Barrie Dalby

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