The Daily Express reported this morning that Scottish National Party MPs hummed the EU Anthem, Beethoven’s’ Ode to Joy, in protest as they walked through the division lobbies in the House of Commons to vote on the Bill to trigger Article 50.
The Deputy Speaker Lindsay Hoyle, reportedly ordered them to stop; presumably it is un-Parliamentary behaviour to whistle, hum or sing in Parliament.
It is not surprising that the Quisling SNP MPs protested at the start of the process for Britain to leave the EU, but one person who would no doubt be appalled at their choice of protest song, would be Ludwig van Beethoven.
While Beethoven was initially sympathetic to the ideals of the French Revolution, and an admirer of Napoleon following the Terror, by the early 1800s Beethoven had realised that Napoleon was merely a tyrant and turned against him.
Beethoven would have had no sympathy at all for the undemocratic bureaucratic nightmare that is the European Union. Every time I hear his music played in the Chamber of the EU I feel sorry for poor old Ludwig.
In fact, Beethoven was an admirer of the English Parliamentary system. Not only that, but he wrote a famous orchestral piece commemorating The Duke of Wellington’s victory at the Battle of Vitoria in Spain in 1813 – The Battle of Vitoria!
Interestingly Beethoven wrote a large number of piano variations on Scottish folk songs (for the money of course) and one wonders what such an independent man would have made of Scotland’s current need to abase itself to the EU? A greater mystery is what the SNP thinks that Scotland actually gets out of the EU – still greater, how they think Scotland could be an ‘independent’ country inside the EU?
When faced with such craziness a good antidote is to sit down and listen to some Beethoven – even the Ode to Joy.