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There is life in the old dear yet! On Thursday night Newsnight,the Beeb’s flagship current affairs programme ended the programme with an item on Tory MP Andrew Rosindell. He had tabled an early day motion in Parliament calling for the BBC to bring back the old tradition of ending the broadcast day with a rendition of God Save the Queen. This is not the first time. He has on seven previous occasions tried to get Parliament to force the BBC to do this since the practice ended in 1997.

The Early Day Motion tabled by the MP reads; “That this House calls upon the British Broadcasting Corporation to restore the British National Anthem on BBC1 at the end of each day’s programming, before the switch over to BBC News 24; regrets the decision on the 3rd October 1997 to play God Save The Queen on BBC1 for the last time; and believes that this proud British tradition should be reinstated before the end of 2016, in honor of Her Majesty’s ninetieth birthday.” (By the way, the misspelling of honour was how the Daily Telegraph published the motion online.)

Newsnight and the inimitable Kirsty Wark’s response was priceless. She said that they were “incredibly happy to oblige” the picture then cuts to the Sex Pistols 1977 video of their version of God Save the Queen.

Brilliant.

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My work background is in operational meteorology and in my career I have been involved in forecasting for everything from bananas to jumbo jets.I joined the Met Office 1974 as an observer at Glasgow Airport. After training as a forecaster, I worked as an Operational aviation forecaster at various defence sites and airports. In 1982, I moved to Glasgow Weather Centre as a forecaster and STV broadcaster till 1988. He then took up a post as Senior Forecaster London Weather Centre, then Senior Forecaster ITV where I qualified as a trainer in presentation techniques for the ITV Association. After being diagnosed with MS, he moved into management and became Head of London Weather Centre in 1997 followed by a period of front-line management for Southern England and Europe covering London and Cardiff Weather Centres and the Met Offices on defence stations from Akrotiri in Cyprus to St Mawgan in Cornwall. He took up the post of Met Office Chief Advisor for Scotland & Northern Ireland in March 2008 and moved to Edinburgh. I retired in September 2014. My one claim to fame is once performed a comedy sketch on TV with Manuel (Andrew Sachs) from Fawlty Towers in support of Comic Relief.

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