The BBC is dropping God Save The Queen from its schedules because of its patriotic, jingoistic meaning, it has emerged.
After causing an outcry by suggesting Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory would be axed on the Last Night of the Proms, the BBC is now gunning for the National Anthem.
Bosses point to the savage meaning of the lyrics, especially those in the latter verses.
And they say the whole concept of the British Monarchy is outdated anyway.
BBC insider Lorraine Fisher, 34, said: “We need a replacement for the national anthem that is less controversial.
“Something like Vindaloo by Fat Les would be brilliant.
“The second verse of God Save the Queen is troublesome. It states, ‘O Lord, our God, arise. Scatter thine enemies, and make them fall. Confound their politics’.
“This does not reflect other religions in the modern UK and clearly goes against free debate of politics.”