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The producer of Songs of Praise, who compared Rule Britannia to Nazi songs, doubles


Cat Lewis said that singing about how British "would never be slaves" during Britannia rule was like Nazis yelling about how they "would never be forced into a gas chamber".

A Songs of Praise producer who compared singing Rule Britannia to Nazi singing about gas chambers has doubled her attack and called for the anthem to be rewritten.

Cat Lewis said that singing about how British "would never be slaves" during Britannia rule was like Nazis yelling about how they "would never be forced into a gas chamber".

Your comments came amid the Controversy over the decision not to sing the patriotic anthem with Land of Hope and Glory on the last night of the Proms this year.

Ms. Lewis, the executive director of Nine Lives Media, which produces the BBC's Songs of Praise program, has now expanded on her previous comments by saying that she thinks "slavery was Britain's holocaust".

She added: “We should really apologize for this and we do NOT have a memorial to enslaved people in the UK at the moment. We shouldn't celebrate slaveholders.

“And we shouldn't be singing so happily that the British will never be enslaved if we were responsible for enslaving so many. We should have anthems celebrating what is really great about Britain that we can all sing, and this will help unite our country. & # 39;

Ms. Lewis then said that if she were to produce the Proms, she would propose a national competition to find new lyrics for Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory, to find words that celebrate and unite our fantastic land, for the music for both is undoubtedly fabulous & # 39 ;.

The Royal Navy had been involved in the slave trade before the practice was abolished 1807.

It had slaves working in Jamaican and Antiguan shipyards, and its ships escorted slave ships along the African coast to aid the hideous trade as part of its duty to protect British maritime interests.

After the defeat of the French emperor Napoleon in Waterloo in 1815 The supremacy of the British Navy was secured and the West Coast of Africa Station "Preventive Squadron" was established to operate against slave traders for the next 50 years.

The lyrics to Rule Britannia

Rule, Britannia! Britannia, rule the waves!

British will never, never, never be slaves.

As Britain first on the orders of Heaven

Arose from the azure main line,

This was the charter of the land

And guardian angels sang this sort:

The nations are not as blessed as you are

Tyrants must fall again

While you are to flourish big and free:

The fear and envy of everyone.

You should rise even more majestically,

More terrible of every stranger's stroke,

Like the loud explosion that tears the sky apart

Only serves to root your native oak.

You haughty tyrants will never tame;

All of their attempts to bend you down

Just wanna awaken your generous flame

But work their suffering and your reputation.

You own the country rulership;

Your cities will shine with commerce;

All yours should be the main theme

And each bank circles it, yours.

The muses, still found with freedom,

Shall mend to your happy shores.

Blest island! crowned with incomparable beauty,

And male hearts to watch over the mass.

Rule, Britannia! Britannia, rule the waves!

British will never, never, never be slaves

Measures were also taken against African leaders who did not agree to the British treaties banning the slave trade, such as the "usurping King of Lagos" who was deposed in 1851.

Traditionally, Rule Britannia is performed each year at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

The hymn began as a poem by the Scottish poets James Thomson and David Mallet.

The English composer Thomas Augustine Arne composed the music. It premiered on August 1, 1740 at Cliveden House in Maidenhead for a mask about Alfred the Great.

The BBC had originally considered removing Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory from the Proms after criticizing their alleged links to slavery and colonialism.

After a long row, the bosses rowed back, announcing that they would be played instead, but not sung.

A BBC spokesman said: “For the avoidance of doubt, these songs will be sung next year.

"We obviously share everyone's disappointment that the Proms have to be different, but believe that this is the best solution given the circumstances and look forward to their traditional return next year."

Ms. Lewis had also recently said she "really missed" Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, saying their departure was "such a missed opportunity to modernize the monarchy".

She also tweeted her support for Black Lives Matter and Michelle Obama as President of the United States.

Ms. Lewis has been with the network as an executive producer since 2002 after working as a producer / director and reporter for the BBC and Granada.

She is a BAFTA judge, Chair of the Royal Television Society in the Northwest, and former Vice Chair of the national television trade organization Pact.

It came after Boris Johnson condemned the BBC for "getting wet" when both Conservative and Labor politicians joined forces to attack the company over its decision to drop the chants of Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory.

While visiting a Devon shipyard, the Prime Minister said he couldn't believe the BBC's decision to censor the popular anthems.

“I think it is time we stopped being ashamed of our history, our traditions and our culture, and that we stopped this general struggle of self-blame and wetness. I wanted to get this off my chest. & # 39;

She tweeted:

She tweeted: "The British, who believe it is okay to sing an 18th century song about never being enslaved, which was written when Britain enslaved and killed millions of innocents, also believe that it is appropriate for neo-Nazis to shout, "We will never be forced into a gas chamber. & # 39; & # 39; & # 39;

The BBC started a new series after announcing that traditional favorites like Land Of Hope And Glory will be featured at the Proms with no text (pictured 2014).

The BBC started a new series after announcing that traditional favorites like Land Of Hope And Glory will be featured at the Proms with no text (pictured 2014).

Ms. Lewis had recently said that she was Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Ms. Lewis recently said she "really misses" Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and said their departure was "such a missed opportunity to modernize the monarchy". She also tweeted her support for Black Lives Matter and Michelle Obama as President of the United States

Andrea Jenkyns, Vice-Chair of the European Research Group and MP for Morley and Outwood, spoke out against the BBC's "Woke Agenda".

Ms. Jenkyns, herself a soprano and songwriter, told MailOnline: “The managers of the BBC metropolises were looking for an excuse to pursue their lively agenda.

What is the story of Rule, Britannia, and Land of Hope and Glory?

Britannia comes from the poem of the same name by the Scottish poet and playwright James Thomson and was set to music by the English composer Thomas Arne in 1740.

It gained popularity in the UK after it was first played in London in 1745 and became the symbol of the British Empire, most closely linked to the British Navy.

The song was used as part of a number of compositions including Wagner's 1837 Concerto Overture in D major and Beethoven's orchestral work Wellington & # 39; s Victory.

The song has been an integral part of the annual Remembrance Day celebration since 1930 when it was the first song played on The Traditional Music program.

It became popular again at the end of World War II in 1945 after it was played at the ceremonial surrender of the Japanese Imperial Army in Singapore.

As a rule, Britannia is usually played annually during the BBC's Last Night of the Proms.

Left-wing critics claimed their inclusion had sparked controversy in recent years as it was deemed too patriotic.

The song & # 39; Land of Hope and Glory & # 39; based on the trio theme from Elgar's Pomp And Circumstance March No. 1, which originally premiered in 1901.

It caught the attention of King Edward VII after being the only piece in the history of the Proms to receive a double encore.

King Edward suggested that this trio make a good song, so Elgar worked it into the final section of his Coronation Ode to be performed at King Edward's Coronation.

“Patriotic songs are a big part of British culture and coming together to enjoy them at events like St. George's Day is traditional in communities across the country.

“I fully support the maintenance of these traditions. I will keep singing them as I have for many years. & # 39;

Secretary of State James Cleverly wrote: “I am black. My mother was black. I have a black family. I have black friends. I have black colleagues. I have black components. How many times has last night of the Proms been brought up with me as a topic before this BBC nonsense? Zero. & # 39;

In the meantime, Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer also weighed in line. A Labor spokesman said the proms are a staple of the UK summer and enjoying patriotic songs is no barrier to examining and learning about our past.

Lord Hall, director general of the BBC, said he supported the decision on the Proms. He told BBC media editor Amol Rajan, "You have come to the right conclusion."

When asked if there had been any discussion of dropping songs because of her connection to British imperial history, Lord Hall said, "This was of course discussed by David (Pickard, the director) and his colleagues."

Richard Holden, MP for North West Durham, wrote: “Another stupid move by the BBC. Just let the people sing! Whenever possible, the BBC just digs the hole they're in a little deeper. You have to stop trying to appease the woke up idiots. & # 39;

Others mocked the company for suggesting that singing the songs was too risky due to the Covid pandemic, noting that the national anthem is still sung by a lonely voice on the evening of September 12. Meanwhile, Nigel Farage and former Labor MP Kate Hoey called for the "defunding" of the BBC.

The BBC stuck to its decision, suggesting that it came from the company and not from others involved in the event, such as the conductor Dalia Stasevska. A spokesman said: "The decisions made are those of the BBC.

"We deeply regret the unjustified personal attacks on Dalia Stasevska, Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra on social media and elsewhere."

Economic Secretary Alok Sharma told Times Radio, “I think last night of the Proms was a great joy for millions of people. Personally, I think it's a very joyful opportunity, I think it's going to be pretty weird if there isn't a live audience there. We heard the position of the BBC that they will keep the traditions.

"Personally, I would love to see the lyrics sung and of course it's always possible to have lyrics displayed as subtitles on the screen so people at home can join in if they want."

Lord Digby Jones criticized the BBC today,

BBC TV presenter Simon McCoy also appeared to mock the decision, writing, "There are no words."

Lord Digby Jones criticized the BBC today, while BBC TV presenter Simon McCoy also appeared to mock the decision, writing, "There are no words."

Nigel Farage suggested that the BBC "must be canceled" when responding to the ongoing series "Last Night of the Proms" this morning

Nigel Farage suggested that the BBC "must be canceled" when responding to the ongoing series "Last Night of the Proms" this morning

Kate Hoey, former Vauxhall MP, said the Proms were "not worth seeing" without the lyrics to the anthems

Kate Hoey, former Vauxhall MP, said the Proms were "not worth seeing" without the lyrics to the anthems

Andrew Griffith criticizes the BBC today

A tweet from Alexander Stafford

Tory MPs Andrew Griffith and Alexander Stafford called on the BBC to reverse their decision not to sing the lyrics of the anthems

Lord Adonis said it was "ridiculous" for the BBC to censor the songs, adding, "I have no idea what they owned to believe there was a problem with them."

James Max, a trustee of the Royal Albert Hall, accused the BBC of being afraid of anti-British zealots, adding, "I don't want a bright agenda imposed on the nation."

Laurence Fox: Let's bring land of hope and glory to number one

Actor Laurence Fox has asked his 230,000 Twitter followers to get Land of Hope and Glory to number one on the UK singles chart.

He tweeted a version of the Vera Lynn National Treasure, writing, “Wouldn't it be great if we could all get together to get Dame Vera Lynn's version of 'Land of Hope and Glory' number one on the charts?

& # 39; Would the @BBC have to play it then? What a nice day it would be. Please share widely. RT #DefundTheBBC. & # 39;

The post has been shared thousands of times.

The actor's tweet to his 230,000 followers today

The actor's tweet to his 230,000 followers today

The decision was apparently also mocked by BBC presenter Simon McCoy, who tweeted, "There are no words."

Meanwhile, Laurence Fox told Talk Radio, “The BBC is run by the activists. It is a naval-looking, British-hating institution that needs to be massively defused and have full root and branch reform because it is not representative of the country and is extremely patronizing. & # 39;

“The BBC is run by the activists we watch all the time. It is a naval-looking, British-hating institution that needs to be massively defused and have full root and branch reform because it is not representative of the country and is extremely patronizing. & # 39;

Fox also urged the British to put Vera Lynn's version of Land and Hope and Glory at number one, saying, "Wouldn't it be great?"

Claiming the BBC was a victim of a "woke-ist takeover", the actor added, "It doesn't matter what color, creed or religion you are, you can get behind a great song." The melody is fabulous, I think the words are pretty mundane themselves, but as you say it's a highlight and stop erasing our story.

"I sincerely hope so, I think the BBC is right now – with notable exceptions – in a disastrous London bubble of ridicule. That is absolutely divisive.

“It's a wonderful thing to be British, whether you're black, white or Asian. So if you don't like being British, don't be British. The BBC hates the nation and they hate everything about it and that's why I feel like I hate them because I'm so proud of this country. & # 39;

Previously, he tweeted, “Defeat this shameful organization that Britain hates and start over. The madmen are responsible for the asylum. #DefundTheBBC. & # 39;

The dispute over this year's Proms schedule began on Sunday when it was reported that Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory would both be dropped.

This year's Last Night conductor, Dalia Stasevska from Finland, was among those who reportedly wanted to reduce the patriotic elements of the event.

She is said to have believed that the lack of an audience was the "perfect moment to bring about change".

Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory are part of last night's finale, which traditionally sees thousands of flag throwers fill the Royal Albert Hall

Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory are part of last night's finale, which traditionally sees thousands of flag throwers fill the Royal Albert Hall

But the news sparked a major backlash, and Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden urged the BBC "not to erase our history".

Meanwhile, Laurence Fox tweeted, “I am so honored to be British and part of the incredible and diverse modern nation that we have become.

“Without the past, we would not be where we are today. I wish the BBC would stop hating the UK so much. #DefundTheBBC & # 39 ;.

To defuse the series, the BBC bosses finally announced that the last night of September 12th would still contain "familiar, patriotic elements".

It said, "With greatly reduced musical powers and no live audience, the Proms will curate a concert that includes familiar, patriotic elements such as Jerusalem and the national anthem, and bring in new moments that capture the mood of this unique time, including you." ll Never Walk Alone presents a poignant and comprehensive event for 2020.

& # 39; The program will feature a new arrangement by Errollyn Wallen from Hubert Parry's Jerusalem as well as new orchestral versions of Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 & # 39; Land of Hope and Glory & # 39; (arr. Anne Dudley) and Rule Britannia as part of the Sea Songs included Henry Wood did it in 1905. & # 39;

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