For Queen and Country – Conservative councillors in Oldham fighting back against ‘cancel culture’


Schools in Oldham could soon be expected to display a picture of the Queen, fly the Union Flag and teach pupils the national anthem after councillors have revealed plans to fight back against ‘cancel culture.’

Oldham Borough councillors will tomorrow (Wednesday) put forward a motion entitled ‘For Queen and Country’ that discusses installing a picture of Queen Elizabeth II in ‘a prominent place’ in every Oldham school, flying the national flag of Great Britain and ensuring every pupil knows the national anthem and its history. 

Proposed by Conservative councillor Dave Arnott, of Royton North ward, and seconded by Cllr Pam Byrne, the full council will debate the proposal at a meeting on Wednesday evening. 

His patriotic proposal asks the council to ‘cherish’ free speech and refute ‘cancel culture’.

If approved, Harry Catherall, chief executive of Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, will write to Michael Gove and Gavin Williamson asking for support for the plans. 

The motion states:

‘Saying you are proud to be British should not be a source of shame, and there is nothing wrong with patriotism of flying our national flag.

‘It is one of many things that binds our society together.’ 

The motion continues:

‘The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is in fact a unique bastion of freedom and that we should be proud of the outstanding role it has played across the world in education, art, culture, science, engineering and in exporting democracy and the rule of law.

‘We all have heroes in our communities – whether they are historical or present day, and we should properly celebrate these individuals, and their contribution to our country.

‘This Council rejects the phenomena known as ‘Cancel Culture’ and that it holds these truths to be self-evident, that of freedom of speech and democracy. Truths which must be cherished and defended.’

If approved, the Council would erect a picture of the Queen, or any future ruling sovereign, in its chambers and reception along with a Union Jack flag. 

The Conservative group also wants the Council to ‘reaffirm’ support for the ‘sovreignty of the Union of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Crown dependencies and United kingdom Overseas Territories.’ 

If the motion passes, the motion states the scheme should be adopted by schools across the country by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson.



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