We don’t want to knock it too much, as it was written by schoolchildren in Bradford. But, presumably, it was all approved by real adults in Whitehall.
Some people pointed out that a song about unity appeared to slightly neglect some of the countries that make up Great Britain: “The fact that you aren’t even aware that most schools in Scotland will have started their summer holidays by then speaks volumes about what this govt actually thinks about the nations of the UK,” one person said.
Others said that many other countries have similar values of “unity”, and were puzzled why the UK government found the idea so remarkable that it deserved its own song.
Errr... most kids in Scotland will have already started their summer holidays by then 🤨 https://t.co/30H7P6qdjN
Meanwhile, there were some who said that the values pushed weren’t reflected by some members of the UK government: “You might like to run that whole tolerance, kindness, respect thing past Patel , and the rest of them as they seem to have missed the email… FYI We are not North Korea,” someone said.
@educationgovuk @1Britain1Nation You might like to run that whole tolerance, kindness, respect thing past Patel, Ha… https://t.co/y7mHXV5sCb
It remains to be seen whether any schools in the UK will actually adopt this and force it upon their pupils but the campaign does have some notable backers, including Joanna Lumley and secretary of state for Northern Ireland, Brandon Lewis.