According to the BBC, Britain does not have a national bird but if you take a look at Wikipedia, that's not the case. I think the problem arises when you consider that Wikipedia shows that the US has this:
Columbia has this:
And India has this:
While Britain has this:
Compared to eagles and peacocks, a robin's not very impressive, is it? The other contenders for Britain's national bird - the wren, blue tit, blackbird, kingfisher, barn owl, puffin, mute swan, hen harrier and red kite - now they look the business, but robins? They are meh.
It seems that the only positive about a robin is that it can fly. A robin's only as large as a hand, it's sometimes happy to eat from a hand, it has a small beak, and it looks too cute. What sort of message will Britain be sending to the world if it picks the robin?
Let's take a look at Robins vs the Other Contenders. Unlike puffins, kingfishers, red kites and hen harriers, robins are everywhere in the UK. Where there's soil and grass, chances are there's a human dwelling, and therefore a robin. Unlike barn owls, you know what you're getting with a robin because it's a daywalker, and compared to the wren and blackbird, the robin, with that red breast, is vibrant. Robins may be smaller than blue tits, but try telling them that; I have seen robins fighting blue tits, humans and cats, and am sure that if robins had fingers, they would be constantly raising two of them at the world and pointing out exactly where their territory lies.
All this leaves the mute swan as the robin's strongest rival. Putting aside the facts that the mute swan is (1) very beautiful and (2) a favourite of the UK monarchy, robins are chirpy, and face it, when you're the size of a robin, no-one will want to eat you.
Though my money's on the robin to win, I still haven't yet decided whether I'll be voting or which bird I will vote for. Should be interesting to see what the final results will be :-).