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.