British Nationalist First Minister Rhodri Morgan has criticised the barrage of jeers, whistles and horns that met the British national anthem in the Wales v England game in Cardiff on Saturday, icwales.co.uk, he said:
"It's very unfortunate and it's totally different from rugby culture where it's ingrained into you from an early age to enjoy the singing of the other team's national anthem as well as your own."
But what Rhodri and his British Nationalist friends do not understand is that the Welsh were NOT booing England's National Anthem, they booed the 'British' national anthem, as they did against Northern Ireland in an earlier match at the millenium stadium.
British Nationalists like Rhodri Morgan need to realise that the 'British' imagined community is at an end. Wales and Scotland have their own strong national identity, and the English are also re-creating their own national identity. Many English fans have called for England to adopt a new National Anthem instead of 'God Save the Queen'.
Booing an opposing team's national anthem is generally wrong, but booing 'God Save the Queen' by the Welsh and Scottish is totally understandable. The Welsh are NOT anti-English, but rather anti-British, and the British imagined community, originally created to quash Welsh and Scottish Nationalism.
Thankfully, the British Nationalists are in decline, and in their place we are seeing Welsh, Scottish and English Nationalists. England, Scotland and Wales need their own independent states, and the sooner this happens, the sooner we can all live in harmony, without the need to boo!