Liverpool, 9March2015, Photo: Anthony Moretti

British prime minister Boris Johnson has ripped the organizers of the BBC “Proms” event for its plan to perform two prominent British anthems — “Land of Hope and Glory” (a portion of which Americans will recognize as the march played at graduations) and “Rule, Brittania!” — without the words.

According to the Guardian, Johnson had something he wanted to “get…off my chest.”

If it is correct, which I cannot believe that it really is, but if it is correct, that the BBC is saying that they will not sing the words of Land Of Hope And Glory or Rule, Britannia! as they traditionally do at the end of The Last Night of The Proms,” said the prime minister, “I think it’s time we stopped our cringing embarrassment about our history, about our traditions, and about our culture, and we stopped this general fight of self-recrimination and wetness. I wanted to get that off my chest.”

The controversy began a few days ago with suggestions that neither anthem would be played at the world-famous “Proms” because they had strong links to imperialism. Backtracking, organizers agreed to the music but not the words.