Kings College Student Union Officer Claims 'God Save The Queen' Is Linked To 'Far-Right Nationalism'

Student union officer Mahamed Adbullahi said God Save the Queen was 'outdated' and 'doesn't even bang'.

10/10/2016 14:12

A university has backtracked after saying it would consider banning the national anthem at graduation ceremonies because a student union officer complained the song was linked to “far-right nationalism”.

Kings College London initially confirmed it was “in discussion” with student union officers about the use of God Save the Queen at graduation ceremonies after Mahamed Abdullahi called to have it banned. 

In an expletive-filled Facebook post, the student union’s Vice President for Education and Community Mr Abdullahi said: “Hey guys, I want to get rid of the national anthem at graduation because it’s outdated and not reflective of the ‘global’ values that the college espouses. 

Mahamed Adbullahi said the national anthem was linked to 'far right nationalism and the legacy of the British Empire' 

“In the context of increasing far Right nationalism across Europe and the legacy of the British empire, it’s just a bit s―- and it doesn’t even bang,” the Dutch-born Geography student complained. 

“Basically, f―- the nation state.” 

When questioned by the Mail Online about Mr Abdullahi’s complaints, Kings College London confirmed it was considering dropping the national anthem. 

A spokesperson said: “We… are currently in discussion with KCLSU student officers about various elements of the ceremonies, including the use of the national anthem. 

The Vice President for Education and Community has sparked outrage among fellow students for his foul-mouthed Facebook post

“Feedback from all members of the King’s community will be used in planning the next set of ceremonies.”

But just a day later the university backtracked on their position, releasing a statement saying it had “no plans” to stop God Save the Queen being played. 

The statement said: “Following the article published in the Daily Mail, we can confirm we have no plans to remove the National Anthem from graduation ceremonies.” 

Kings College London initially said it was in discussion with student union officers about banning God Save the Queen at graduation ceremonies

Mr Abdullahi’s comments have sparked outrage among Kings College London students, with PhD student James Findon starting a petition to urge the student union officer to consider the views of other students.

The petition calls for Mr Adbullahi to “respect the traditions of the university and the country in which we study”, demanding that the national anthem should remain an “important tradition” at graduation ceremonies. 

To date, Mr Findon has collected almost 300 signatures, with one supporter writing: “I love and respect the country that gave me a home 22 years ago, I would not change a thing!” 

Many of the British public have also taken to social media to defend the importance of the national anthem. 

The university’s student union has refused to take a stance on playing the song, saying it supports “every student’s right to freedom of speech and expression”. 

Mr Abdullahi could not be reached for comment at the time of publication. 

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