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Why would unionists not want Northern Ireland to have own anthem?

Published 28/01/2016

It was disappointing, but not surprising, to read the comments of Arlene Foster, in which she said that there is "no need to tinker" with the national anthem at Northern Ireland football matches.

We even now have the situation of some English MPs calling for the England football (and presumably rugby union) team to adopt a new anthem. How silly will it look if England does do this, leaving Northern Ireland - the smallest country in the UK - still continuing to play the British national anthem and what many people see as being an English anthem.

Does Arlene Foster not want Northern Ireland/Ulster to have its own identity, in the way that Scotland and Wales have had for years with their own national anthems? It also seems okay for Danny Boy to be used for the Commonwealth Games team, so why not the football team?

I am sure that there are plenty of unionists in Scotland and Wales who are quite happy for Flower of Scotland and Land of My Fathers to be played, rather than God Save the Queen. Why is it that unionists in Northern Ireland seem to think that they can only have a British identity and refuse to accept that having a Northern Irish/Ulster identity will not make them any less British?

ULSTER NATIONALIST

Carrickfergus, Co Antrim

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