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The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)

GUEST,Observer 29 Jun 21 - 11:25 AM
Steve Shaw 29 Jun 21 - 10:06 AM
Dave the Gnome 29 Jun 21 - 08:26 AM
GUEST,Peter Laban 29 Jun 21 - 07:43 AM
Dave the Gnome 29 Jun 21 - 04:46 AM
GUEST 29 Jun 21 - 04:43 AM
Jack Campin 29 Jun 21 - 04:03 AM
Allan Conn 29 Jun 21 - 02:10 AM
GUEST,Observer 28 Jun 21 - 08:22 PM
Dave the Gnome 28 Jun 21 - 04:59 PM
Allan Conn 28 Jun 21 - 04:03 PM
GUEST 27 Jun 21 - 02:53 PM
GUEST,RA 27 Jun 21 - 02:48 PM
Dave the Gnome 27 Jun 21 - 02:16 PM
GUEST 27 Jun 21 - 10:38 AM
Dave the Gnome 27 Jun 21 - 04:32 AM
Black belt caterpillar wrestler 27 Jun 21 - 03:50 AM
GUEST,Observer 27 Jun 21 - 03:40 AM
Allan Conn 27 Jun 21 - 03:29 AM
Allan Conn 27 Jun 21 - 02:17 AM
GUEST,Observer 27 Jun 21 - 01:36 AM
Black belt caterpillar wrestler 26 Jun 21 - 04:28 PM
keberoxu 26 Jun 21 - 04:14 PM
GUEST 26 Jun 21 - 03:45 PM
GUEST 26 Jun 21 - 03:24 PM
Dave the Gnome 26 Jun 21 - 11:57 AM
Allan Conn 26 Jun 21 - 11:53 AM
GUEST,Observer 26 Jun 21 - 11:51 AM
Dave the Gnome 26 Jun 21 - 11:46 AM
Allan Conn 26 Jun 21 - 11:35 AM
Dave the Gnome 26 Jun 21 - 11:30 AM
Allan Conn 26 Jun 21 - 11:12 AM
GUEST,jim bainbridge 26 Jun 21 - 08:27 AM
Howard Jones 26 Jun 21 - 07:39 AM
Nigel Parsons 25 Jun 21 - 07:45 PM
Dave the Gnome 25 Jun 21 - 05:02 PM
GUEST,jim bainbridge 25 Jun 21 - 03:44 PM
Dave the Gnome 25 Jun 21 - 02:57 PM
GUEST,JIM BAINBRIDGE 25 Jun 21 - 02:50 PM
GUEST,Modette 25 Jun 21 - 01:38 PM
Howard Jones 25 Jun 21 - 01:26 PM
Dave the Gnome 25 Jun 21 - 12:31 PM
GUEST,jim bainbridge 25 Jun 21 - 11:58 AM
Dave the Gnome 25 Jun 21 - 09:48 AM
Howard Jones 25 Jun 21 - 09:24 AM
Dave the Gnome 25 Jun 21 - 09:21 AM
GUEST,matt milton 25 Jun 21 - 09:07 AM
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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: GUEST,Observer
Date: 29 Jun 21 - 11:25 AM

"only pointing out that Scotland is a nation within the union" - Allan Conn

Correction:

Scotland WAS a nation BEFORE the union - just like England WAS

Neither officially recognised as being separate sovereign states since 1st May 1707.

    This thread is getting a lot of Spam. I'm going to close it. -Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 29 Jun 21 - 10:06 AM

"Scotland isn't the only NATION to detest all it stands for."

Now if I were Scottish I'd be going hell for leather for independence, and I despise Union Jackery in all its forms. But your statement is not accurate: in the last referendum a majority of those who turned out to vote voted to remain in the Union. "The nation" seemed fairly evenly split to me. There are detesters, non-detesters and don't-give-a-shitters each in large numbers, I should think.


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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 29 Jun 21 - 08:26 AM

They are under 11s Peter. I doubt if I knew about the politics that created the UK at that age.


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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 29 Jun 21 - 07:43 AM

I don't know about those children and their motives. I do think we can say they have not been taught well about their country's history.


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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 29 Jun 21 - 04:46 AM

Well, as I keep saying. Anyone wanting to find the negative will do so. I prefer to believe that the children who wrote it are innocent of any sinister motive. If you want to discuss the motives of the politicians who have hijacked it, surely that belongs in the UK politics thread.


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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Jun 21 - 04:43 AM

yes, I'm all in favour of the sentiments expressed by the kids, but young folk are guided by teachers & parents.

I loathe the way politicians have USED the kids to support their union jackery- Scotland isn't the only NATION to detest all it stands for.


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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: Jack Campin
Date: 29 Jun 21 - 04:03 AM

a song by children wanting to promote racial harmony

As if that's the point of promoting that song now.

It's like saying the Horst Wessel Song was about supporting victims of violent crime.


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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: Allan Conn
Date: 29 Jun 21 - 02:10 AM

As I said it isn't even about Scottish indy it is about the fact that there are several nations within the UK. A couple of posters pointed that out before I commented too. A couple of posters then seem to have a problem with the idea of Scotland being a constituent nation within the UK and GB and instead compare it to counties. Not really about Scottish independence. Though yes for politicians to suggest this song about "one Britain, one nation" should be sung in every school in Britain with everyone waving wee union flags is not realistic and would be looking to politicise it in Scotland. There were quite a few folks on social media talking about whether they should keep their kids off school rather than have them be subject to any union jackery - before everyone realised the Scottish schools were already mostly closed come the actual day anyway. Anyway it wouldn't have happened as education is devolved so just because some politicians down south try and hijack something for their own political motives they have no say over what does and doesn't happen in Scottish schools.


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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: GUEST,Observer
Date: 28 Jun 21 - 08:22 PM

Precisely DtG well said!!


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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 28 Jun 21 - 04:59 PM

It doesn't annoy me in the slightest, Allan, but surely the red herring here is talking about Scottish independence in a thread about a song by children wanting to promote racial harmony


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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: Allan Conn
Date: 28 Jun 21 - 04:03 PM

I am not talking about English regions. If they wanted to break away then it'd be nothing to do with me but as far as I know there is no serious campaign for anything like that. Red herring. I was talking about Scotland being a nation and the bulk of people in Scotland see it as that. No matter how it seems to annoy some of you guys. They see it is a naion, on the whole, whether they wish to remain in the union or not. That union involved the Kingdom of Scotland not separate individual parts of it. The idea about Fife is patent nonsense. It has the nickname the Kingdom of Fife because it was one of the ancient kingdoms that made up Pictland. It is not about me deciding Fife can't be on its own??? There is no popular movement for Fife to be independent. It is another complete red herring. Scotland is a constituent part of the UK just as England is.

As to the decision being up to the people of Scotland then of course it is. Where have I said any different. That is not the point here anyway. I have said several times that Scottish people see Scotland as a nation whether they are unionists or indy supporters. So I have no been arguing for independence in this thread - only pointing out that Scotland is a nation within the union.


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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Jun 21 - 02:53 PM

DtG- good luck with convincing China & Russia about us all being the same


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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: GUEST,RA
Date: 27 Jun 21 - 02:48 PM

"Back to the message of the song, when we all realise that beneath the skin we are all the same, the divide and conquer tactic will stop working!"

Sure, we might be all 'the same', as in human, but we don't all identify as British. I certainly don't.


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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 27 Jun 21 - 02:16 PM

The first victim of British colonialism was the English working class, above guest. Sadly they are still falling for it :-(

Back to the message of the song, when we all realise that beneath the skin we are all the same, the divide and conquer tactic will stop working!


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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Jun 21 - 10:38 AM

Scotland is a colony    DISCUSS


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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 27 Jun 21 - 04:32 AM

So, where we stop is decided by you then, Allan? Independence for Scotland but not for Yorkshire? What is that based on? how about we go back to the days of Mercia, Wessex, Northumbia, etc? What about Wales and Cornwall? Or how about we just remain united and try to get on with each other? :-)


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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 27 Jun 21 - 03:50 AM

The Sunday service on Radio 4 this morning has included both "I vow to thee my country" and "Jerusalem".
Is this a Church of England backlash?

Robin


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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: GUEST,Observer
Date: 27 Jun 21 - 03:40 AM

1. Scots on the whole see Scotland as a nation and not as a county like Yorkshire or Fife.

How people born in Scotland see Scotland does not alter the FACT, or the REALITY, that Scotland ceased to exist as an independent sovereign state in 1707 - Nothing can alter that apart from a legal referendum in which the electorate of Scotland votes for independence. They did hold such a referendum in 2014 in which 55% voted to remain as part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

As someone who lives in Scotland Alan I am sure that at some point or other you have visited or travelled through Fife and seen the signs welcoming you to "The Kingdom of Fife", I have never seen any such claim for Yorkshire, or any other county for that matter. Fife may, or may not, have been one of seven supposed Pictish sub-kingdoms in ancient times no-one can say one way or the other therefore Fife may never have been a kingdom at all - That for some reason or other doesn't stop "Fifers" referring to, and stating that they come from "The Kingdom of Fife" - Doesn't mean that Fife is a "Kingdom". However we do know that Scotland existed as a separate, independent sovereign realm between 1357 and 1707, it thereafter, along with the separate, independent sovereign realm of England, ceased to exist and a new state, the United Kingdom of Great Britain came into being.

2. Yes we are subdivided into regions within Scotland too but the nation as such is still recognised.

This "nation as such" you refer to is recognised by who exactly:

- The EU?
- The UN?
- The Commonwealth of Nations?
- The International Olympics Committee?
- The Passport Office?


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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: Allan Conn
Date: 27 Jun 21 - 03:29 AM

The idea that devolution was something foisted on Scotland by Tony Blair and the EU ignores reality. The campaign for the Scottish Parliament took off basically just as soon as the dust had settled on the 1979 vote and by the mid 80s was kind of on the road to being unstoppable in Scotland itself. The Claim Of Right (see text below) was supported by the big bulk of Scottish politicians, local authorities, trade unions, churches, civic bodies etc. All Lib Dem and Labour MPs supported it bar Tam Dalyell. Only the Tories opposed the idea itself. The SNP did not sign up to it initially as although they obviously regard the Scottish people as sovereign they chose not to initially support the idea of a devolved parliament rather than an independent one. However later in the timeline they too did join the campaign for the devolved parliament. Scotland got the 2nd Devolution vote once Blair came to power basically because he had no choice. It was a major part of Labour policy in Scotland and was supported by many others across Scotland as a whole. Blair himself was not an ardent devolutionist and famously suggested the parliament would be a Parish Council which brought him some flak. It would have been a major loss of face and politically very damaging in Scotland had Labour not brought forward the Devolution vote. Whatever folks in the EU thought - the fact is Scotland got its devolved parliament because Scots wanted it and had campaigned long and hard for it.

The thing Labour misjudged of course was in thinking, and openly saying, that devolution would stop the push for independence in its tracks. Rather than killing off the SNP it gave them a platform where they could actually win power. Something that would be impossible to do at Westminster because of the demographics within that chamber.



"We, gathered as the Scottish Constitutional Convention, do hereby acknowledge the sovereign right of the Scottish people to determine the form of Government best suited to their needs, and do hereby declare and pledge that in all our actions and deliberations their interests shall be paramount. We further declare and pledge that our actions and deliberations shall be directed to the following ends: To agree a scheme for an Assembly or Parliament for Scotland; To mobilise Scottish opinion and ensure the approval of the Scottish people for that scheme; and To assert the right of the Scottish people to secure implementation of that scheme."


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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: Allan Conn
Date: 27 Jun 21 - 02:17 AM

Scots on the whole see Scotland as a nation and not as a county like Yorkshire or Fife. Yes we are subdivided into regions within Scotland too but the nation as such is still recognised. To compare Scotland to counties is kind of part of the problem rather than any answer.


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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: GUEST,Observer
Date: 27 Jun 21 - 01:36 AM

The "Union" that Scotland became an integral part of in 1707 was a full on political, social, economic and monetary "union" with England. Now that is exactly where the EU is headed, that is it's goal. The Treaty of Lisbon was another step along the road towards that as were the Treaties of Rome, Nice and Maastricht. It was to aid that EU aim that Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and Donald Dewar championed and saw in devolution for Wales and Scotland and attempted to politically split up England into [IIRC] 14 different regions [Tone was in the running for the top EU job at the time]. Fortunately "regionalisation" in England was rejected and never came to anything, unfortunately in "regionalising" Tony & Co should have sub-divided both Scotland and Wales so as not to give "nationalists" any historical basis for independence campaigns.

Scotland is nation within the United Kingdom as much as Fife is a nation within Scotland. Fourteen years of the politics of division have taken their toll in Scotland and we are rapidly approaching a point where "Balkanisation" would occur should independence be voted for as people in different parts of Scotland vote against being "dragged out of Unions against their will" [Likely candidates Orkney, the Shetlands, the Borders and Dumfries & Galloway, possibly followed by the North-East of Scotland]

Best post regarding the song written by Primary School Children was the one posted by Dave the Gnome:

Dave the Gnome
Date: 24 Jun 21 - 04:38 AM

Bradford has one of the highest densities of immigrants in the UK, including Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Ukranians, Poles and many more. Bearing this in mind, if the song was written by schoolchildren there, it may not be the nationalistic jingo that some seem to think. Such a mixed race community wanting one nation is something to be admired.


It is what it is a song written by children honestly expressing a view about the country THEY want to call home and that THEY want to live in. To us auld yins discussing it here I would like to remind you all that the future is THEIRS, we've had our turn and to be perfectly honest I do not think that WE have made a very good job of it, perhaps these children will do better by learning from OUR mistakes.


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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 26 Jun 21 - 04:28 PM

Athelstan has a lot to answer for:)

Robin


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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: keberoxu
Date: 26 Jun 21 - 04:14 PM

I agree with whoever name-dropped McGonagall,
and where is Little Hawk,
anyway, when you need him?


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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Jun 21 - 03:45 PM

Dave the Gnome:

"More people live in Yorkshire than in Scotland, Allan. Where do we stop dividing?"

Are you talking about North, East or West Yorkshire?


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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Jun 21 - 03:24 PM

Maybe London should be a city state like Singapore & leave the rest of us alone?


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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 26 Jun 21 - 11:57 AM

More people live in Yorkshire than in Scotland, Allan. Where do we stop dividing?


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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: Allan Conn
Date: 26 Jun 21 - 11:53 AM

The idea that politicians want to carve us into different nations. We are different nations. Currently these nations are within a political union but we are still nations.


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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: GUEST,Observer
Date: 26 Jun 21 - 11:51 AM

Hate to point this fact out to a few posting here with regard to "nations" BUT - England AND Scotland ceased to exist as separate nations on the 1st May 1707 when the United Kingdom of Great Britain was created as one single nation. From that date you will not find a single treaty or international agreement signed on behalf of either Scotland or England with any other country in the world.

Wales ceased to be a "nation" sometime in either the late 13th or mid 16th century. It's official status has since which ever of those dates you accept been as a Principality.


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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 26 Jun 21 - 11:46 AM

Who's doing all that then, Allan?


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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: Allan Conn
Date: 26 Jun 21 - 11:35 AM

It is not about tearing anything apart. Even unionists in Scotland see Scotland as a nation. They just want the said nation to remain in the union. Trying to deny the Scottish nation even exists isn't coming together. It is just denying facts.


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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 26 Jun 21 - 11:30 AM

And as long as the politicians can maintain the divisiveness that carving our tiny island into separate nations has achieved they will continue to oppress us ordinary working folk. Global unity is the only way to world peace and if we cannot achieve unity amongst folks living here, what hope does the globe have?


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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: Allan Conn
Date: 26 Jun 21 - 11:12 AM

Exactly why it went down badly among lots of Scots. The idea that Scotland is only a region and not a nation itself. We are a union of nations no matter how some folks deny it.


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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: GUEST,jim bainbridge
Date: 26 Jun 21 - 08:27 AM

Scotland is not a region however much Westminster would like it to be- nor is Wales- Northern Ireland has a different status, but is hardly a region, unless of a future expanded Republic of Ireland.
Thats enough from me- I'm with the kids and against the neo-fascists who are using them for their own purposes.....


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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: Howard Jones
Date: 26 Jun 21 - 07:39 AM

"this island has never really been a single political unit"

That's an extraordinary statement. The whole of the UK comes under a single government and all parts send representatives to Parliament. Of course there are regional identities and differences, within England itself as well as the other nations, and some regions have devolved powers but these derive from the national government.

Of course there is not unity of political opinion, but that is not the same thing.


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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 25 Jun 21 - 07:45 PM

As I said, Jim, how many kids under 11 know that?
As long as people who should know better use mistaken identifications probably very few!

That's true but politics usually comes at a higher age. And don't try to tell me that dividing up this small island into 3 separate nations is anything but politics! :-)

It is not a case of 'dividing up this small island' this island has never really been a single political unit. (much as the English might think it is!)


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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 25 Jun 21 - 05:02 PM

That's true but politics usually comes at a higher age. And don't try to tell me that dividing up this small island into 3 separate nations is anything but politics! :-)


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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: GUEST,jim bainbridge
Date: 25 Jun 21 - 03:44 PM

Well they'll NEVER learn the truth unless someone tells them


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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 25 Jun 21 - 02:57 PM

As I said, Jim, how many kids under 11 know that?


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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: GUEST,JIM BAINBRIDGE
Date: 25 Jun 21 - 02:50 PM

sorry but Britain (the subject of the song) is not a nation- isn't it a 'union' according to you know who?   England is a nation, as are Wales and Scotland. Britain is an island & a geographic term & this is getting a bit political so I'm off now....


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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: GUEST,Modette
Date: 25 Jun 21 - 01:38 PM

Tell one of the Derry half of my family that she lives in Britain? Never, and don't be silly, Howard.


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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: Howard Jones
Date: 25 Jun 21 - 01:26 PM

Whilst it may not be technically correct, in ordinary usage "Britain" usually stands for the UK as a whole. "The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland" is a bit of a mouthful.


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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 25 Jun 21 - 12:31 PM

I don't think it's owt to do with Scottish, Welsh or Irish nationalism, Jim. To me it's all about accepting people into the community. Britain was probably a poor choice of label for the encompassing nation they describe but I doubt anyone under 11 understands that. Hey, many adults don't know the difference between England, Britain, the UK and the British Isles! Particularly across the pond ;-)


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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: GUEST,jim bainbridge
Date: 25 Jun 21 - 11:58 AM

The kids' sentiments are fine- the problem is we aren't 'one nation'- the DUP might want to be, but I think Mark Drakeford and Nicola Sturgeon might have something to say about this wonderful alleged 'unity'.


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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 25 Jun 21 - 09:48 AM

Thank you, Howard. All good points. I particularly like the last one :-)


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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: Howard Jones
Date: 25 Jun 21 - 09:24 AM

OBON was founded by a Sikh who came to this country at the age of 6 and whose parents were factory workers. He apparently wanted to celebrate what he calls "this brilliant country" and the opportunities it gave him. I think we can probably assume he is well aware of racism and imperialism.

The song is dire, but the intention is good. He has said "I think we need to celebrate that and create this spirit of oneness and togetherness, and showcase that we're all one people of this country regardless of where you're from." These are sentiments that those on the left usually agree with. The government's backing has probably done the organisation no favours.


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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 25 Jun 21 - 09:21 AM

Again, Matt, we seem to be seeing different things in the same message. The mission statement on their opening page is

One Britain One Nation brings us together, not to focus on our differences but to celebrate the values we share: tolerance, kindness, pride, respect, and a tremendous desire to help others.

Today’s Britain boasts a wonderful array of cultures. It is our multicultural identity that makes Britain so unique.

Our diverse cultures are inextricably linked by the sole fact that we are British. It is this fact that has prompted OBON to reinforce and revive what collectively unites us.

OBON aims to give a new impetus for the creation of a harmonised society, to make Britain an international model of moral rectitude.


How that is a narrative of national pride is beyond me I'm afraid. It is a message I have always taught my kids and grankids, and maybe spreading it in school could help dispel much of the racism we see. Perhaps, as the son of a Polish immigrant who was welcomed into Britain after the war and forever sang its praises, I am more in tune with the message of diversity and racial harmony than some. It is a pipe dream at the moment but everything has to start somewhere.


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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: GUEST,matt milton
Date: 25 Jun 21 - 09:07 AM

Well exactly! You don't have to be Irish to have spotted that one.

Given that OBON was formed in 2013, it's safe to say that these Bradford schoolchildren did not come up with the title and theme of their song - One Britain One Nation - entirely independently. (It would be rather terrifying if they had)

I just had a look at the OBON site - its narrative of national pride is a load of tosh and I don't want it clogging up my kid's education.


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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 25 Jun 21 - 09:00 AM

Well Peter, you can read that as empire building if you like. I read it as opening the door to other people. Maybe I am more on the wavelength of 11 year olds :-) As I said before, if you look for the negative, you will find it.

I guess this thread is no longer about the song though so will probably end up in the basement. I am glad that you, Matt and some other guests have had the opportunity to share your thoughts before that happens.


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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 25 Jun 21 - 08:48 AM

As I said, one of the Irish comments on RTE was 'widened our shores', sure, they did, for 800 years.


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Subject: RE: The OBON song (One Britain One Nation)
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 25 Jun 21 - 08:35 AM

Whoops, sorry. Duff HTML from me. Rather than ask the mods to change it, here it is formatted properly -

Lets have a look at the actual words of the song again before discussing the message, Matt.

We are Britain
And we have one dream
To unite all people
In one great team


I don't see anything wrong here. It is the kids that have written and sung it. Not the politicians. It is their dream to unite everyone. Sounds a good dream to me.

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


I would not have used the first line myself but it is certainly true. The next three are a message of unity from the children. Nowt wrong with that.

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


Nothing wrong at all with the message in that verse.

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


Yea, OK, we can do without that but taken in context I can forgive them.

I guess we are just looking at different things. If you just look for the negative, you will concentrate on the outro. If you look for the positive, the message of racial harmont and unity is there.


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