Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia will be played at Last Night of the Proms but NOT sung – after Downing Street told BBC not to scrap historic songs amid claims they are ‘racist propaganda’

Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia will be played at Last Night of the Proms but NOT sung – after Downing Street told BBC not to scrap historic songs amid claims they are ‘racist propaganda’. By Mark Duell.

The Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia will be played at the Last Night of the Proms but without a singer — after Downing Street waded into the row and told the BBC that the centuries-old patriotic songs should not be cancelled.

The BBC was understood to be considering dropping the anthems from the concert on September 12 amid fears of criticism in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement because of their apparent links to colonialism and slavery.

However in a compromise likely to enrage both sides of the debate, the corporation confirmed last night that versions of the iconic tunes will be played without lyrics, meaning there will be no repeat of Jamie Barton’s rainbow flag-waving rendition at last year’s Proms. …

The orchestral version of the song means the contentious lyric ‘Britons never, never, never, shall be slaves’, will not be uttered at this year’s performance.

A BBC insider told The Times the corporation’s handling of the programme at times felt like ‘white guys in a panic’ trying to appease the Black Lives Matter movement.

No longer allowed, by order of the woke committee:

And they hate this too:

The Marxists say that to be white is to be “racist”, and that people of color (POC) cannot be “racist”. Therefore, a white country and white culture such as the old Britain is irredeemably “racist.” So the only way for the UK to stop being “racist” — for the UK to become acceptable and knock off the “racism” — is for it to stop being white.

Therefore whites must be outnumbered and dominated, and their culture must be suppressed.

The de-legitimization of white Britain is proceeding apace, comrades!

A reader adds:

Getting rid of Rule Britannia at the Last Night of the Proms is close to banning the national anthem or saying Great Britain should be renamed because it sounds too colonial.