The Sun overflowed with faux outrage as a result: “NATIONAL ANTHEM OUTRAGE … Leader is spurious, hapless and furious, not to reign over us … CORB SNUBS THE QUEEN”. Was she there? Er, no, but look, HE DIDN’T SING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM. Had he done so, all would have been well … at least, until the Sun called him a hypocrite for abandoning his atheist and republican principles.
In other words, it was a lose-lose situation in which Corbyn found himself. And he was not the only one not singing the National Anthem at the service, as a helpfully annotated photo has shown. That counted as nothing for the Sun, whose former sister paper, the late and not at all lamented Screws, was so respectful of the Royals that it had their phones hacked, then got Clive Goodman and Glenn Mulcaire to take the fall.
It also counted as nothing with The Usual Suspects, with the pick of the prize idiocy being, not for the first time, (thankfully) Tory MP Louise Mensch, who trilled “Jeremy #Corbyn politicises Battle of Britain ceremony by refusing to sing the National Anthem. Proud, @hilarybennmp? What you signed up for? There is no ‘principle’ involved in the Rt. Hon. Jeremy #Corbyn, who swore fealty to the Queen yesterday, not singing our anthem. Political”. Taking the oath of allegiance does not compel singing the National Anthem.
Still, details, eh? The serially clueless Tim Montgomerie was also passing adverse comment: “Of course Corbyn free not to sing national anthem. Others of us are free to say we don't want a PM who can't show basic respect to The Queen”. She still wasn’t there. Would anyone else care to make an equally pointless contribution?
How the Sun shows respect for the Royals
They certainly would, as the Telegraph’s not even slightly celebrated blues artiste Whinging Dan Hodges confirmed, with the magnificently stupid “If Jeremy Corbyn doesn't like the national anthem, fine. He wins an election, and changes it. Until then, he sings it”. Does as he’s told like a good little boy, eh Dan? Like Mil The Younger did, only for clowns like you to dump all over him, eh? Pull the other one.