Jeremy Vine panelists Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and Carole Malone furiously clashed over One Britain One Nation (OBON) Day being celebrated in schools on Friday through the singing of a patriotic song, after the campaign was founded by retired police inspector Kash Singh. The Government has supported a campaign by a former police officer which aims to instill pride in Britain through a celebratory day this week. But Ms Alibhai-Brown lashed out at the decision claiming that it “turns her stomach”.
Speaking on the Jeremy Vine show, Ms Alibhai-Brown said: “It really turns my stomach this idea.”
Ms Malone interjected: “Do you love this country, Yasmin or not?”
Ms Alibhai-Brown continued: “I love London and I love many aspects of this country.”
Ms Malone noted: “And you tell me not to talk about the metropolitan elite but you say you love London but only London?”
Host Jeremy Vine added: “You love the UK as well?”
Ms Alibhai-Brown replied: “I love aspects of it. I don’t love other aspects. I never loved aspects of my homeland.
“I don’t love many aspects of India.
“Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel, I’m not falling for it.”
Mr Singh said the concept was “born from my dream as a police officer” after coming to the UK as a six-year-old boy who “couldn’t speak a word of English”.
He said he set up the campaign in Bradford, West Yorkshire, in 2013 after retiring from the police force in 2012.
Mr Singh told Times Radio: “We started the concept in Bradford and West Yorkshire, and it’s been very, very successful indeed, so what we want to look at is taking it across the nation.
“It was something that was born from my dream as a police officer, in terms of what I’d see, in terms of my passion, pride and frustration, and something that I feel needed to be done in this country.
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“This country is a brilliant country. I came to this country as a six-year-old kid who couldn’t speak a word of English. My parents were labourers, they worked in a factory and foundry, and there are fantastic people in this country.
“One of the things that was missing for me was what we need to do, is we need an organisation that the people of this country can align themselves to, to showcase their passion, pride and love for this great nation.”
He added: “Some people may have this perception that not everybody is proud of this country – let me tell you, people like me, and the millions of people who’ve settled in this country from other parts of the world, are so proud of this country.
“I think we need to celebrate that and create this spirit of oneness and togetherness, and showcase that we’re all one people of this country regardless of where you’re from.”
The Department for Education (DfE) said it was encouraging schools across the UK to celebrate OBON Day on Friday, so that “children can learn about our shared values of kindness, pride and respect”.
Published at Wed, 23 Jun 2021 10:26:00 +0000