Once again, Nigel Farage and his conservative allies are rushing to the defence of 'British values'. Needlessly, as it turns out.
The union can survive its current period of volatility, but moves like English votes for English laws and ruling out a UK coalition with the SNP could yet bring it down.
It's not the first time there's been an uproar about a national anthem but why does it matter so much?
Conservative political parties did not conjure up English nationalism, they capitalised on a growing trend.