The government has drawn derision and criticism for encouraging school children to sing a song celebrating “strong Britain, great nation”.
Pupils across the country are being asked to take part in the “One Britain One Nation Day” on June 25, although some Scottish schools will have broken up for summer by then.
The “One Britain One Nation” Day campaign, backed by public figures including Joanna Lumley and Lord Patel of Bradford, is “devoted to galvanising the efforts of people from all backgrounds to rejoice in their pride in Great Britain”, according to its website.
To celebrate OBON Day 2021, schools are asked “as a MUST” to encourage children to clap for a minute to “pay tribute to all those people who helped during the Covid 19 pandemic crisis” and sing the OBON Day 2021 anthem.
In a promotional video for the event, flag-wearing children sing: “We are Britain and we have one dream, to unite all people in one great team. Our nation survived through many storms and many wars.