Children are to be asked to swear an oath of allegiance to the Queen in new classroom ceremonies. The move would strengthen pupils' understanding of what it means to be British, a review of citizenship by Lord Goldsmith, the former attorney-general, claims.The Queen will no doubt be quick to dismiss this odious and risible suggestion. An oath of allegiance must be made by one who comes to it voluntarily and willingly; it is a sincere and mature affirmation, not some formulaic ditty dreamt up by some witless fool in the Department of Children's Services. This is the sort of totalitarian rubbish that comes from third-rate minds such as Goldsmith's, without any thought of the implications. Knee-jerk nationalism, government-prescribed patriotism, fatuous and empty gestures that will be more divisive than useful and unctuous flag-waving to disguise a mental and moral vacuity at the heart of Zanu Labour.