Boris Johnson has erupted at the BBC over their decision to not sing the words of Land of Hope and Glory and Rule, Britannia! In the Last Night of the Proms.
The PM called for an end to “cringing embarrassment about our history” after the BBC decided to strip lyrics from traditional Last Night of the Proms favourites such as Land Of Hope And Glory.
The BBC revealed details of its schedule for the Last Night event after reports that anthems Rule, Britannia! and Land Of Hope And Glory could face the axe over their perceived association with colonialism and slavery.
On Monday night, the BBC issued a statement saying the two songs would be performed by the orchestra, but without singing during the September 12 concert.
If it is correct that the BBC is saying that they will not sing the words of Land of Hope and Glory and Rule, Britannia! as they traditionally do at the end of Last Night of the Proms.
“I think it’s time we stopped our cringing embarrassment about our history, about our traditions, about our culture and we stop this general bout of self-recrimination and wetness.
“I wanted to get that off my chest.”