The Prime Minister told Sky News that nobody knows the words to the rugby anthem. Mr Johnson added that people need to pay less attention to the symbols of discrimination and instead focus more on the substance of the issue.
Mr Johnson said: “Nobody as far as I understand it seems to know the words.
“Before we start complaining about ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’ I’d like to know what the rest of the words are… ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, coming for to carry me home’ then it all dies out.
“How does it go on? I certainly don’t think there should be any sort of prohibition on singing that.”
He added: “What people need to do is focus less on the symbols of discrimination – all these issues that people are now raising to do with statues and songs and so on – I can see why they are very emotive.
“But what I want to focus on is the substance of the issue.
“Yes of course I see that Black Lives Matter. We are going to address all the issues that we can…
“We should be talking about success and the fact that young black kids are now doing far better in some of the toughest subjects in schools.”
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