Let Big Ben bong!

Sadiq Khan says that Brexit celebrations could lead to hate crime. What elitist nonsense.


Topics Brexit Politics UK

Brexit Day is just weeks away and the Remoaner hysteria is mounting in anticipation.

The question gripping the nation is whether Big Ben will be allowed to bong to mark our departure from the EU at 11pm (or midnight Brussels time) on 31 January.

Some say it is too costly. The House of Commons Commission, chaired by the speaker, estimates the cost to be between £320,000 and £500,000 – or about £45,000 per bong. Some Brexit campaigners have started to crowdfund the money to avoid costing the taxpayer.

But some Remoaners are apparently unhappy that anyone would celebrate Brexit Day at all.

London mayor Sadiq Khan has warned of a potential rise in hate crime on the day we leave.

He told LBC that there was ‘empirical evidence’ of a spike in hate crime after the Leave vote. (In fact, hate-crime convictions were lower the year of the referendum than in previous years and have continued to decline.)

On the vexed question of the bongs, Khan said, ‘Imagine the good we could do with £500,000, dealing with hate crime and far-right extremism’, drawing another apparent link between Brexit and hate crime.

But Khan isn’t the only bong-sceptic. The House of Commons Commission says that crowdfunded money for the bongs cannot be used anyway, as this would break rules on financial donations.

Even Boris Johnson, who earlier this week urged the public to ‘bung a bob’ for the Big Ben bongs, seems to have since backed away, citing ‘potential difficulties’.

Brexit is a brilliant democratic revolt achieved against the odds and against nearly every wing of the establishment. It should not only be celebrated but also celebrated in style. Let Big Ben bong!

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27th January 2020 at 6:25 pm

The ‘Remoaner hysteria‘ trope is an invention of certain nationalist commentators who clearly have no intention of effecting ‘reconciliation’. This ‘hysteria’ accusation strikes me as rather childish and immature, like many of the absurd, shouty triumphalist statements emanating from the extreme nationalists over the last few years. Brexiters are about to hand over a significant amount of UK sovereignty to both China and the US. Someone might argue that this makes them traitors.

Marvin Jones

18th January 2020 at 4:01 pm

Just to please Khan, don’t bang the bong too hard. When Blair and his haters of the English nation went out and infested this country with their ultra mass migration not just to rub the right’s noses in it, but to for eternity destroy the culture of an entire nation at the expense of foreign, primitive, medieval third world dependents of benefits and the bribery of money for breeding, and what the remain vermin in Parliament did to defeat and defeat the democratic decision of 17.4 million people, they now rant about us ringing a bell of victory? forget the binging and the bonging, let’s declare the 1st of Feb a bank holiday, and really rub it in the sewage.

Richard Cooper

18th January 2020 at 12:04 pm

A spike in hate crime? Yes, I hate him and would love to put him on a spike.


27th January 2020 at 6:31 pm

Interesting notion of ‘reconciliation’ you Brexiters have…

Mark Lambert

17th January 2020 at 7:23 pm

Ooh, is Sadiq doing the self-fulfilling prophecy thing?
If he says it will happen, it will happen, but only in the imaginations
of those who think it has, backed up by some strange spurious “reports”
from organisations which wholly exist to point out rises in “hate crime”.

I’ve had enough of these characters.

Stephen J

17th January 2020 at 5:20 pm

“London mayor Sadiq Khan has warned of a potential rise in hate crime on the day we leave.”

Yes, he is livid and full of hate too!

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