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What is One Britain One Nation and what are the lyrics to the song?


The One Britain One Nation campaign is asking schools to get involved (Pictures: Getty / Twitter @educationgovuk)

The UK Government has raised a few eyebrows with its suggestion that schoolchildren across the country sing a song celebrating ‘strong Britain, great nation’ this week.

The move is part of ‘One Britain One Nation Day’ on Friday, June 25, with the Department of Education tweeting it is about learning ‘shared values of tolerance, kindness, pride and respect.’

It has already been mocked for taking place after some Scottish schools have broken up for summer so the event is unlikely to win praise for its message of unity.

In a promotional video for the event, flag-waving children sing: ‘We are Britain and we have one dream, to unite all people in one great team.’

Just what is One Britain One Nation – and what are the lyrics to their song?

What is One Britain One Nation?

One Britain One Nation (OBON) is a campaign group which, according to its website, is aiming to ‘create a strong, fair, harmonious and proud British nation, celebrating patriotism and respect for all our people.’

They have said they want to provide an organisation through which all citizens of Great Britain can ‘openly declare, demonstrate and celebrate their passion, pride and allegiance towards our Nation.’

Among their aims are collective promotion of the concept of good citizenship, celebrate the successes of British people, engage with all sections of the community and re-appropriate the flag to represent all ‘people of good conscience.’

Children will be asked to sing the song on June 25 (Picture: Getty Images)

They have also declared OBON Day to be on Friday, June 25, and are calling upon schools to ‘celebrate the day in the spirit it is intended’.

This includes encouraging children to clap for those who have helped during the Covid crisis as well as singing the One Britain One Nation anthem.

The organisation is not affiliated with the government and it’s unclear how many schools will actually take part.

Naturally, their suggestion to sing a dedicated OBON song has gathered some criticism, with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon admitting she thought it was a ‘spoof’ while Conservative MP Caroline Nokes tweeted: ‘I can’t unhear this (however fervently I wish I could).’

What are the lyrics to the One Britain One Nation song?

The lyrics to the song, which the organisation claim was written by schoolchildren in Bradford, are as follows:

Chorus:
We are Britain
And we have one dream
To unite all people
In one great team (repeat)

Verse 1:
Our nation survived through many storms and many wars
We’ve opened our doors, and widened our island’s shores
We celebrate our differences with love in our hearts
United forever, never apart

Chorus:
We are Britain
And we have one dream
To unite all people
In one great team (repeat)

Verse 2:
So many different races, standing in the same place
So many different faces, moving at the same pace
We all stand together with pride in our hearts
United forever, never apart

Chorus:
We are Britain
And we have one dream
To unite all people
In one great team (repeat)

Outro:
Strong Britain, Great Nation
Strong Britain, Great Nation
Strong Britain, Great Nation
Strong Britain, Great Na-a-tion.

Written & Performed by: St John’s CE Primary School pupils, Bierley, Bradford


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