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Would you ‘Bung a bob for a Big Ben bong’ on Brexit night?

There have been calls for Big Ben to chime at 11pm on January 31 to mark Britain’s departure from the European Union.

The famous bell was temporarily silenced in 2017 for the safety of workers involved in the four-year restoration of the Elizabeth Tower.

The Prime Minister said the Government was working up a plan to fund the costs to enable the bell to chime.

Britons may be able to “bung a bob for a Big Ben bong” on Brexit night under plans being drawn up by the Government, Boris Johnson has said.

The issue was discussed at a meeting of the House of Commons Commission on Monday, but it was ultimately ruled out after it was revealed that it could cost £500,000, up from the original estimate of £120,000.

The expanded budget stems from the need to put in and remove a temporary floor in order to ring the bell.

However, the Prime Minister, in an interview with BBC Breakfast, said the Government was working up a plan to fund the costs to enable the bell to chime.

“The bongs cost £500,000 but we’re working up a plan so people can bung a bob for a Big Ben bong because there are some people who want to,” he said.

“Because Big Ben is being refurbished, they seem to have taken the clapper away, so we need to restore the clapper in order to bong Big Ben on Brexit night.

“And that is expensive, so we’re looking at whether the public can fund it.”

Downing Street said there was not a specific government fund but insisted that whatever happened with the famous bell, Brexit day would be properly marked.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “If the public wants Big Ben to bong and the money is raised then that is great.

“We will make sure that – whatever happens in regard to Big Ben’s bongs – January 31 is properly marked.

“It is a significant moment in our history.”

The spokesman added: “We are talking to the House at the moment. The House would need to agree to any proposal.”

Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle, who is chairman of the Commission, said it would cost around £50,000 per bong if Big Ben were to chime at the end of the month.

“The Commission believes it is important to weigh up the costs this would involve if Big Ben is to chime on 31 January. You are talking about £50,000 a bong.

“We also have to bear in mind that the only people who will hear it will be those who live near or are visiting Westminster.”

The clock mechanism which powers the hammer that strikes the Great Bell was dismantled and removed as part of the refurbishment project.

For the bell to chime, the temporary striking mechanism used for Remembrance Sunday and New Year’s Eve would need to be reattached and tested to ensure it strikes at the correct time.

The Commission estimates that installing a temporary floor, testing and striking Big Ben would cost £120,000.

But the delay to work in the belfry would push back the programme of work by two to four weeks – at a cost of £100,000 per week – taking the total cost potentially up to £500,000.

What is your view?  Is it important to you that Big Ben chimes at 11pm on 31st January? Would you be willing to donate money to ensure this moment is marked with a bong or two?

Would you ‘Bung a bob for a Big Ben bong’ on Brexit night?

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Len33
20th Feb 2020
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Bung a bob?
Oh, no.............not another rip off scam!
And, whilst we're at it, what's all this rubbish about 'Brexit night?'
We haven't left the EU at all
We are supposed to be negotiating to leave by December 31st 2020, but my guess is that we will still be ruled by the EU at this time next year..........................if not forever.
As per usual, I think the politicians will 'sell us down the river.' We should have cut ties with the EU right at the beginning, in 2016, not bugger about like we always do, and 'enter negotiations.'
Negotiate.......
Len33
20th Feb 2020
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This site is as biased as the BBC because
they only let you say what 'they' want you to and
they censor it.
Well, in future, 'they' won't have to censor mine, because
I will not be coming on here any more.
Raindrop
28th Jan 2020
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Jean177 has the right idea let all the churches across London ring their bells instead at no cost to anyone.
SueC62
21st Jan 2020
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Absolutely not. Big Ben should only 'bong' for joyous occasions. I've 'bunged a bob' to worthy causes instead.
unclehefty
21st Jan 2020
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Big Ben's Bongs are part of the soundbite that is Britain. There is no rationale on Earth that would make me pay to hear it. Which numpty called Boris suggested this.
VeraS
20th Jan 2020
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Surely someone could have made a recording of the bongs
jeaniembe
18th Jan 2020
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Celebrate by all means. Have some fireworks and parties. However spending £500.000 on a few bongs is ridiculous. They shouldn't have done it New year's Eve either.
Jean177
18th Jan 2020
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What a waste of money :give whatever has been already donated to the Australia relief fund and if we must have a sound , ring some church bells near Big Ben.
Snowmouse
18th Jan 2020
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Rather than donate to the Big Ben Bong I’ve donated to WWF to be a Koala Protector where I know my money will go to helping the injured wildlife, planting trees and helping to put the eco system of Australia back on its feet. As for celebrations at the end of the month, I think it is too premature to sound Big Ben especially as it’s not ready to bong but it would be nice to see the buildings in Regent street strung in Union Jack flags just as they do with the Christmas decorations.
blackbeard
17th Jan 2020
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Not2grey. Yes U guess it would be a bit of gloating and why not the reamainers have done enough to create many problems over three years where the leavers sat back and waited for the right time

The leavers were prepared to go with legal results in a referendum and a general election without any fuss unlike the remainers who wanted to break the rules and ignore a true democratic vote

Gloat? yes I'm happy to gloat. LET BIG BEN BONG AWAY
yahsue
17th Jan 2020
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Big resounding No from this WASPI woman! I think Boris had been using his own 'bong' before coming out with that statement ...
Not2grey
17th Jan 2020
2
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There is no reason for Big Ben to Bong it strikes me it could be seen as 'Gloating' by those who voted out . We need to be united and this would in my opinion this would not help .
HazelS18
17th Jan 2020
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I’m a leaver but the amount they say would be completely wasted when there are so many other necessitating causes,
JOJO34
17th Jan 2020
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A celebration would be an exaggeration and a false emphasis of what has been achieved so far.
[deleted]
16th Jan 2020
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Lionel
16th Jan 2020
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The questioner is our esteemed Editor, Sally. I believe many of this community would agree, you owe her a published apology!

If you dislike this country so much, Wellman, there are several airports and quite a few seaports you may embark for permanent residence elsewhere.
Yodama
16th Jan 2020
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Such vituperative venom WellMan?

Well, maybe it was another flash of genius thinking on Boris Johnson's part, I think it was his idea.
He actually asked for 'crowd' funding, there was no-way the exorbitant cost was going to come out of government coffers.

You paint a very dreary picture of our fair lands WellMan. Third world country?...I don't think so. We are a powerful country, so powerful that the EU will not let us out of its' clutches.

Maybe recorded 'Bong's' will be sufficient to close this debacle that has been Brexit.

A historic moment, nothing like it since the execution of Charles I in January 1649,
The people spoke then and the people spoke in their millions in 2016 and again in 2019....let the 'Bong's' ring out.

I hear Syria is quite lovely this time of the year, can I buy you a ticket out of this hellhole called Great Britian? Better take your hard-hat eh?
Lionel
17th Jan 2020
1
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Mutte Merkel is very hospitable too! Just ask the one million migrants she invited to Germany.
h2o
16th Jan 2020
7
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The cost is extortionate. That amount of money would be better used helping people in need, not clanging a bell that only a few can actually hear live.
arnoldbradford
16th Jan 2020
8
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The money tthat this is going to cost would be better spent on other things, HOSPITALS etc.
rsmith25478
15th Jan 2020
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This is the most infuriatingly ridiculous thing I have ever heard, nothing gives a clearer indication of boris johnson and his governments complete disconnection from the real issues in this country, homelessness, mental health, child poverty, unemployment, lack of nhs provisions, all mentioned today in the metro newspaper and then I got to an article about this bloody ridiculous idea. I've never been so angry, anyone who wants to donate their money to a relevant cause, how about bunging a bob build an inpenetrable cell to put boris johnson and his croneys inside, preferably one that floats so we can just send them over to the americans and be done with it all
Ian123
15th Jan 2020
6
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Certainly not.
What difference is the sounding of a bell going to make?
I would rather the money be given to food banks.
Lionel
15th Jan 2020
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I voted yes, but I’ve read elsewhere the plan is for the bong of Big Ben to unite we, the people.

How the hell is the sound of Big Ben to unite this nation so riven with factions and divisions which will permeate the next three generations?

It won’t!

On Surfers, Wilf is is remainer, and a believer in anthropocentric climate change. I most certainly am neither. Do we need Big Ben to bong to remain pals? Over to you Wilf.

As so many other here have said, if there’s half a million Quid sloshing around there’s better places for it than a temporary fix for Big Ben.
Wilf
15th Jan 2020
7
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Lionel you have me sussed! You could also have added I am a Guiness and salted crisps fanatic! My view would be to spend the £500k on giving it to the less well off or spend it on planting 250,000 trees. Believe me we need to start planting fast if we want to avert serious climate change.
Lionel
16th Jan 2020
1
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There's still a pint of Guinness awaiting you in my neck of the woods, and a box of salted crisps.

I couldn't disagree about planting trees, Wilf, but how about deciduous trees, oaks, elms, etc., instead of so many pines.

Just a smile, perhaps ... a few years ago a newcomer couple to our hamlet, one of the very few new arrivals, decided an oak tree on the common shaded their kitchen rather too much.

The local council's tree man was called out and my wife, in local government at the time, lead the meeting.

He studiously viewed the tree and then addressed the new couple in particular.

'This oak tree has been here at least six hundred years. Didn't you notice it when viewing the house?

That couple left here within a month.
Wilf
16th Jan 2020
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Thanks Lionel for the offer of the Guinness and I may well take it up. I also agree-deciduous and not coniferous! But the wold is planting c14 billion trees in the next decade while we should be planting 1 trillion-we only have 3 trillion now! As David Attenborough has said today-"the crisis is here and now" we need to sort it out and quickly. (Love your story and typical of many people!)
Lionel
16th Jan 2020
1
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We must agree to disagree on some elements of climate change. But perhaps we could agree both sides of the debate could be allowed air time to debate the matter rather than the BBC's 'the science is settled,' attitude.

We both value British freedoms and democracy, as we've often said. To me the BBC and others are flying in the face of democracy, particularly as it tax payer money needed to answer climate change.
Wilf
17th Jan 2020
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WE agree to disagree Lionel which is the wonderful thing about the UK. Freedom of speech. I see Microsoft is coming out with a policy of "negative" carbon so they are going to suck it out of the atmosphere? or buy lots of trees to plant!
Clog Dancer
15th Jan 2020
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What a huge waste of taxpayers money. The money could be better used for road repairs or flooding defences. Come Boris get in the real world!
JohnT246
15th Jan 2020
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Talk about fake news, an engineer who has worked on Big Ben has said the bells are controlled by computer. Someone is trying to make a lot of money pressing return on a laptop. Probably a remoaner.
Meadowmaureen
15th Jan 2020
1
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Absolutely not ridiculous
GeorgeT5
15th Jan 2020
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Yes I would if my
Long lost family that fought two world wars and lost my sister and grandmother and my father on Russian convoy and uncle prisoner of war my other uncle gassed in the trenches I would bong Big Ben myself with a mell to get out They never changed they showed there true colours after Three years trying to talk so don’t forget the memories of those that died for us or yellow backs or traitors please send one pound ha unless you forget
HelenJ11
15th Jan 2020
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No I damned well wouldn't. Let the like the london mayor mps and house of lords pay out of their over inflated expenses rather than try to fleece pensioners who are already living below the poverty line. From a very poor and irate pensioner
DamienK
15th Jan 2020
5
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Ring the bell to celebrate the greatest act of national self harm ever inflicted by a 'civilised' society? Ludicrous, like Brexit itself.
ElisabethR
15th Jan 2020
1
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Brexit party are having a 'do' in Trafalga Square and I heard Nigel say they could use a recording of Big Ben. Much better idea and the half a million pounds can be used elsewhere.
Fear it could be an overlively evening. Whether we wanted it or not it would be a great thing if all worked together to make the best of it. Sadly I don't think people will do that, they are all holding firmly to their own corners.
SusanF59
15th Jan 2020
2
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Fund the NHS first before pathetic futile gestures
Kdbloweryahoocouk
15th Jan 2020
5
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FredM3
15th Jan 2020
6
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Why would I want to donate to celebrate an ill-informed action that will result in every person in the UK becoming poorer? I'd rather 'Bung a bob to Boot Out Boris!'
Wilf
15th Jan 2020
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Problem is if you get Boris out who would replace him? The "dear leader" Corbyn is going out to that great Marxist paradise of Islington where you have to be a millionaire to live but are a Marxist as well? An Oxymoron or what?
lavenderzen
15th Jan 2020
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What a ridiculous idea, I can think of many more important ways to spend the money.
Granniemoomin
15th Jan 2020
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I don’t need to hear the sound of Big Ben - though if it was working for Remembrance Day and New Year’s Eve, why can’t it be working on Brexit Eve? As long as we leave - that’s all that matters.
Lionel
15th Jan 2020
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Perfectly put Grannie.
Retiredyorkie
15th Jan 2020
2
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You are joking - if we have that sort of money to spare spend it on a better cause - i.e. NHS for starters.
LyndaG59
15th Jan 2020
3
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Not needed as much as NHS.
AllisonE3
15th Jan 2020
3
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Absolutely know. It would be a total waste of money which could be better spent on other causes!
JeaneA
15th Jan 2020
5
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No way, this would be a total waste of money that could be used elsewhere. Come on Johnson switch your brain on. With all the homeless people and poor people in our country today how can he waste so much money. He should be kicked out of politics if he does it.
LynnF12
15th Jan 2020
4
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Give the money to the NHS where it could do some good.
hoylesy13
15th Jan 2020
0
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It's just a bell. Who cares whether it tolls on that date?,or ever again for that matter.
Billythequiche
15th Jan 2020
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Not a chance. If it's desperate, take it out of the Aid budget.
Retiredyorkie
15th Jan 2020
2
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Totally agree with you, charity begins at home
Lionel
15th Jan 2020
1
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Be careful Billy, such thinking is advanced magic, the sort of notions ring fenced to the Humphrey Applebys of this country.

You might be getting a knock on the door from two gentlemen in three pieces, bowlers with furled umbrellas and brief cases. They might tell you such public comments are tantamount to a hate crime.
Dennisarowe
15th Jan 2020
5
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Why on earth would you waste money on a dong on 31st January
Should play the funeral march instead
Peeler
15th Jan 2020
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How many of these people who think the church bells should be rung support their church?
grechros
15th Jan 2020
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How about doing the same thing with your local church?
heliilona
15th Jan 2020
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It is a total waste of money spent on "Bongs" alone. Most of the people in the country would not be able to see it in person anyway. The money could be spent on causes that really need that kind of money. Also half the country's voters voted to stay.
IanW34
15th Jan 2020
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Another Boris idea, to go with the bridge and water cannons.
JeaneA
15th Jan 2020
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JohnT55
15th Jan 2020
4
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There are more important causes that a bob can be used for.
KathrynB16
15th Jan 2020
4
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I have yet to hear just one good reason for Brexit, one thing that you can’t do now that you think you’ll be able do after Brexit. Brexit will damage our economy, our health, our jobs, our security, our standing on the world stage. It will be a complete disaster.
PamyG
15th Jan 2020
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I’m a remainer and an nhs Nurse, will be a sad day on the 31st January, if Brexiteers want to spend their hard earned cash that’s fine but I’d rather it be spent on more worthy causes.
spedders
15th Jan 2020
5
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The Tories created the Brexit debacle and divided the country for 40 months. The Tories can find the money for a celebration too.
MargaretC815
15th Jan 2020
1
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What a bloomin’ waste of money this would be. Who needs a Big Ben bong to make our EU exit. Next stupid suggestion will be to make it a bank holiday!
Casualgrey
15th Jan 2020
1
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Would be nice, but how about all the church bells ringing in the country instead . For a start the bell ringers would be able to say they had rung the bells on the 31st Jan .Also far more people would hear them and celebrate.
I understand the Brexit party are partying in Trafalgar square
I'm sure my statement will open up a hornets nest . !Ding Dong carry on !
M4lcolm
15th Jan 2020
3
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I think the money could be better spent elsewhere. The whole Brexit saga has gone on for so long and has caused so much bitterness and division that it will just be a relief, rather than a celebration, when it is all wrapped up and done and we can get on with life without having to hear continuous arguments about it.
JeaneA
15th Jan 2020
1
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Yes, but we will all have to live with the consequences
M4lcolm
15th Jan 2020
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True but there is no going back now so we must make the best of it.
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What a stupid idea. Wether you're for or against Brexit that money should be used in a sensible way.
TonyD58
15th Jan 2020
4
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Better to spend on people who are homeless and kids in poverty.
Lionel
15th Jan 2020
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Yes Tony, As one who was made homeless without reason some years ago I’ll agree with that.

Nice to see you on Surfers. Please keep on posting; we need a whole lot more common sense.
BerylK4
15th Jan 2020
2
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Definitely not. I didn't vote to leave so why would I want to celebrate it!!!
Catton
15th Jan 2020
5
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Can you tell me what there is to celebrate ? Look at the state of the country Europe and the World. We will be paying for the incompetence of all party politicians from Brexit for years to come.

Street parties ....... forget it. They are a thing of the past and certainly not for the current mood of the people, especially the young who will be supporting us in years to come.
Frenchy68
15th Jan 2020
4
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Much as I feel the Country is in need of a "Celebration" bunging a bob is not the way to do it! As others have stated only the people in London will hear the "True Bongs". The rest of us would probably watch on TV. So a recording of Big Ben would be more suitable and maybe "Street Parties"!! Yay bring on the Party.
Catton
15th Jan 2020
5
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ABSOLUTELY NOT.

We could all list numerous areas where the money is desperately needed and would make a difference.

Who came up with this crazy idea. Is this a pat on Boris's back to say, 'look I got Brexit through'. Well done me.

Furious at the stupidity of politicians who seem to have no common sense
emlh
15th Jan 2020
4
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Surely they could play a recording if they need to hear a clock striking, or are they Intending to unwrap the building as well.
GeraldC9
15th Jan 2020
3
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We don't yet know if its a boon or a disaster or neither. We need to do things which bring us together not antagonize.
Buckley1
15th Jan 2020
2
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People will celebrate in there own way if they want to,
jacacc1210
15th Jan 2020
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I would rather see the £500.000 go back into the NHS or go to help the homeless. Spending £500.000 just for a few bongs that only a few people will hear in London is a disgrace and a waste of money, just put it to good causes and help some of the people that needs it most..
PaulineH68
15th Jan 2020
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Big Ben has always rang on hstoric times i would give a bob for this to happen on brexit
Lanna
15th Jan 2020
8
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Church bells always ring when there is an impending disaster!
viking
15th Jan 2020
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Perhaps we should take a leaf out of the book from the Middle East and gather up as many EU flags [blue with a circle of stars] and burn them in the street with a celebratory glass of bubbly.
This would work out as a cheaper option for those who do not wish to have Big Ben chiming again.
hallam
15th Jan 2020
5
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We dont leave for another year and on whose terms who knows
TimM69
15th Jan 2020
2
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Surely the tories and Farage made enough from Brexit they could pay this themselves, and not notice the money
AlcanSmith
15th Jan 2020
5
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As you state in the article only people near by would hear it , and the cost is not worth a few bongs , Britain could spend that money to good uses ,
KathrynJStrauss
15th Jan 2020
5
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Boris is trying to bring the country together, and I strongly believe that celebrating “being free” is definitely not the right way to do it, it is the same as putting two fingers up to the people who voted to remain
Yodama
15th Jan 2020
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I voted no, but on reflection, it may be worthwhile to have the bell ring out to end the saga of "Brexit.," a kind of closure you may say!

Could be catharctic. 😉
SusanF59
15th Jan 2020
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But we are still bound by EU laws until the end of 2020. This is just the start of the Transition Period.
Gthomp
15th Jan 2020
7
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I would not contribute and don’t think it should happen. Wait 10 years and see if there is anything to celebrate.
aileendar
15th Jan 2020
9
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Absolutely not total waste of money
swaneldo
15th Jan 2020
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Don't we have a few bob spare now with the royal family getting rid of surplus employees?! Let's divert that money to something more useful and melodious.
JackM84
15th Jan 2020
2
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granmabones
15th Jan 2020
5
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Big Ben is being refurbished presumably replacing the clapper is included in cost. What is wrong with a recording? that is what most of the country will hear anyway over the radio or tv.
Pauline52
15th Jan 2020
0
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I would certainly bung a Bob for Big Ben - whatever the reason! Why not?

Far bigger sums of money are spent on more trivial things than this National Treasure. How much, for example, is spent on fireworks each year?
neverbetter
15th Jan 2020
3
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As always, those least likely to benefit and least able to afford it will be the ones most likely to support this monstrous idea, either in spirit or financially. If that bell rings there will be no "healing".
blue22
15th Jan 2020
7
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money would be better spent elsewhere
BettyH53
15th Jan 2020
6
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The cost is too high, get on with the refurbishment - use a recording of necessary.
HappyHippie
15th Jan 2020
6
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what a waste of money that would be when there are so many urgent needs for money
jane63c
15th Jan 2020
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Absolutely ridiculous, we have far more pressing needs and it would just further inflame the divisions in the country.
PamelaW78
15th Jan 2020
6
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I see nothing to celebrate.
JanetteH6
15th Jan 2020
11
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Along with the talked about £120,000,000 for a party! I want my pension. (#50’s women) you stole from me and others before wasting it on something only half the country wanted anyway!
MartinS5
15th Jan 2020
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No, this shouldn't happen - but that's the 'remainer' in me speaking. As to the cost, half a million pounds is a tiny fraction of the cost of the current refurbishment of that building. Perhaps it should be sold off (maybe converted into a hotel?) and the proceeds put into the NHS.
I'm sure the government could operate from a smaller more echo-friendly building.
Peeler
15th Jan 2020
1
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Possibly somewhere in Downing Street?
Rita49
15th Jan 2020
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If the great British public can fork out £950,000 for fireworks to celebrate the tick of a clock on New Year, and then pay even more to stand and watch them, then the great British public should be able to fund the chimes of Big Ben to celebrate the escape once again from the tyranny of a European based dictatorship!
Kes
15th Jan 2020
10
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No one outside central London would hear it bong. If people in London want to hear Big Ben Bong, then let them pay for it, if they are daft enough. Perhaps next week could be declared National Bob A Bong Week. We could have a referendum about it...... nah... you’re right.... take to long. Maybe a virtual bong would be the answer.
Poppy1112
15th Jan 2020
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Well what a miserable lot you No voters are... Probably all remainers, oh at last you won a vote!!!

I would certainly bung a bob to hear Big Ben chime on the 31st for our exit from the EU.. Why shouldn’t we hear those dulcet chimes on a day we have waited so long for?

Brexiteers deserve to be able to celebrate their victory...
Rita49
15th Jan 2020
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Sorry Poppy, I pressed red instead of green on your post by mistake. I was aiming for the comment above yours. Lack of sleep, I'm afraid! However, I'm 100% behind you. London is still the capital of the UK, it is not a self governing state. If the majority voted for Brexit, then the bells should be rung out for all of us. But I'm happy to 'Bung an extra Bob' to hear the bell which we already pay for through our taxes!
Wilf
15th Jan 2020
5
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Not sure its a victory-lets wait and see in 20 years with the passing of time!
SusanF59
15th Jan 2020
1
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Perhaps you can tell us exactly what you have won?
AnnA547
15th Jan 2020
6
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Perhaps a more cost effective and impressive way to celebrate would be to have the country unite with bells ringing in every town ...free and impressive.
GwynethC8
15th Jan 2020
5
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PamelaW78
15th Jan 2020
6
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Poppie
15th Jan 2020
9
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If half a million is to be raised for this,I would prefer it to be used for charities, many of whom could benefit from some extra funds. I'm sure homeless people would rather have some shelter and a hot meal than listen to Big Ben and those suffering the devastating bush fires (animals and humans) could use some help too.
Orangina
15th Jan 2020
6
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As a staunch Remainer, there is nothing to celebrate as far as I am concerned.
MrsPat
15th Jan 2020
2
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It is quite a good idea as it will be a momentous day for the UK. By the way I voted to stay in before I receive any flack.
Wilf
15th Jan 2020
9
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I think I must have gone to sleep in 2019 and woken up in a parallel universe! I think I have heard it all now-total madness and what a waste of money-spend it on the homeless in Westminster or the NHS or the police. Dear me!
Rita49
15th Jan 2020
4
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Why just the homeless in Westminster? Big Ben is part of the wider UK and the wider UK is paying for it's upkeep and repairs. Westminster and London should fund it's own charities! However, I think it's past time we moved our capital out of a city which is rapidly becoming a foreign country.
Wilf
15th Jan 2020
1
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I say Westminster as that's the only place the bells will be heard. Bit difficult moving London and where to? Bath or Newcastle for example we would have to move tens of thousands of people and build a lot of new homes and airports etc.
Jinty12
15th Jan 2020
7
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Absolute disgrace to waste that amount of money on such nonsense. I’m sure there are plenty of worthwhile causes that amount of money could be spent on .
Margsret3skycom
15th Jan 2020
6
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All M Ps that fall asleep in Parliament should donate their fees
PaulineT94
15th Jan 2020
8
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I am ok with Brexit... I don’t need to contribute to £500k just for Big Ben to confirm it. Money is needed for more worthy causes.
Marley444
15th Jan 2020
4
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I can think of better ways to spend £500,000 to be honest! I will probably be in bed at 11pm so it won't make a difference to me. It is still early stages of the Brexit process so I feel the celebration may be a bit premature.

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