For an English national song we need look no further than the FA Cup final and a piece of music so aptly chosen by Roddy Doyle for Emeli Sande to sing so hauntingly beautifully during the opening of the London olympic games. The tune (simple, graceful, but exquisite - called Eventide) is known by all in its setting for the words of Abide with me (written in Brixham by the dying Henry Lyte in 1847). A national competition should be run to find the best replacement words to go with the tune - something along the lines of "Sisters and brothers of the world unite. Show us the path of justice truth and light. Lead all the world away from war and hate. Lead us oh England be our shining light." Basically: no jingoism; no warmongering; no making out that we are superior; no religion; no monarchy. Just the people of England reminding ourselves to be a good examples of the best of humanity worldwide. We would need to persuade Emeli to renounce her scots nationality and become English !
But please - not Jerusalem or L of H and G.
I hope I will live to see the day when the FA Cup final, attended by the president, is introduced by a rendition of the new English republic's national anthem - same tune; new words; less god.