The Government has been ridiculed for urging schoolchildren to sing a patriotic song declaring “strong Britain” a “great nation”.
The song, said to have been written by children at a Barnsley school, has been branded “absolutely embarrassing” and “quite insane.”
Its lyrics go: “We are Britain And we have one dream To unite all people In one great team”.
There follows a repeated refrain of “Strong Britain, great nation.”
It’s part of the One Britain, One Nation project, which organisers say aims to instil pride in Britain through a celebratory day this week.
It was founded by retired police officer Kash Singh, who said the concept was “born from my dream as a police officer” after coming to the UK as a six-year-old boy who “couldn’t speak a word of English”.
It’s since gained the support of Tory MPs, including Philip Davies and former minister Esther McVey.
And last night the Department for Education gave its backing to the project, saying: “We’re encouraging schools across the UK to celebrate One Britain One Nation Day on 25 June, when children can learn about our shared values of tolerance, kindness, pride and respect.”
Most schools in Scotland break up for the summer on June 25 – with many already on holiday by that point.
But Tory MP Caroline Nokes derided the song, saying: “I can’t unhear this (however fervently I wish I could)”.
And some Twitter users compared the idea of having school children sing patriotic songs to the Hitler Youth.
A spokesperson for the Department for Education said: “Our schools should promote fundamental British values including tolerance and respect.
“As such, we support One Britain One Nation’s broad aims to help children learn about equality, kindness and pride, and it is for schools to decide how they teach these important values.
“The department has not asked people to sing songs or endorsed any specific materials for One Britain One Nation day.”