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British kids are to be asked to sing a song called 'Strong Britain, Great Nation' in schools around the country on Friday, but some have compared the song to something that you might find in North Korea. Have a listen for yourself and see what you think.
A tweet shared by the Department for Education said all schoolkids will also be encouraged to take part in 'One Britain One Nation Day' this Friday (25 June) which will include - as well as the song - a minute of clapping for everyone who helped out during the pandemic.
Naturally, the idea has been ridiculed on social media, and even compared to something that might happen under Kim Jong-Un.
Of course, that might be slightly hyperbolic, but this is all definitely a bit bizarre, isn't it?
North Korea would be proud.
- Victoria #NoMasksInClass (@victoria_h1981) June 23, 2021
Two words come to mind.... North Korea!
I get the idea... just poorly executed. The song isnt too bad either... very simple easy to remember. It feels like as its been sprung upon us out of nowhere and at a really bad time
- Gwen :rainbow::tiger: (@GwenJBrewer) June 23, 2021
The tweet from the Department of Education said schools are encouraged to get involved with One Britain One Nation Day so that the kids can learn about Britain's 'shared values of tolerance, kindness, pride, and respect'.
While that is no doubt a noble goal, some people obviously see it differently.
One person even pointed out that many Scottish kids will be on their summer holidays at that point.
They wrote: "The fact that you aren't even aware that most schools in Scotland will have started their summer holidays by then speaks volumes about what this govt actually thinks about the nations of the UK."
I have images of North Korea...
- Mary Pearson (@mejpearson) June 23, 2021
UK is trying to emulate North Korea now?
- TakeBackControl :flag_black::flag_black: (@1314AlbaGuBrath) June 23, 2021
Another described the song as 'jingoistic nonsense'.
The whole campaign is being run by a former police officer called Kash Singh, who wants schools to help out to 'celebrate the day in the spirit it is intended'.
The campaign website states: "OBON is devoted to galvanising the efforts of people from all backgrounds to rejoice in their pride in Great Britain."
The lyrics of the song read: "We are Britain and we have one dream, to unite all people in one team."
It then repeats the phrase 'Strong Britain, Great Nation' four times over.
I urge you all to laugh at the would-be children's national song with the chorus 'strong Britain, great nation.'
There is absolutely nothing else to do with it. I just sang it to the cat, re-formed to 'strong kitty, great pouncer'. It deserves no better.
- Alison K. Brown (@alisonkatebr) June 22, 2021
I'll let you into a little secret. I never actually realised just how strong and great a nation Britain was until I heard our glorious song.
- Gavin Curnow 〓〓 (@GavinCurnow) June 23, 2021
However, another person tweeted: "Absolutely and utterly pathetic. This is not North Korea, for goodness sake. 'Shared values of tolerance, kindness, pride and respect' are a far cry from the current state of the UK."
Another said: "As a Brit we've always laughed at those other countries full on propaganda. Now it's like you're trying to emulate North Korea, Nazi Germany or the USSR."
A third simply said: "On a scale of cringeworthy...11 out of 10."
Either way, One Britain One Nation is set to be celebrated - by some, at least - this Friday, 25 June.
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