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!

nick hunt

17th January 2020 at 4:51 pm

Has Sad Dick read 1984? Love is hate

Filbert Flange

17th January 2020 at 3:00 pm

I thought cannabis was still prohibited in the UK? If Benjamin whatsits hits his bong on the 31st, won’t he be collared? Is the high cost mentioned above a product of black market shortages and bail? Maybe Ben should hop a ferry to Holland to spark his fatty? After all, when it comes to Brexit it’s the thought that counts…

Over here in the colonies we can bong, toot and huff away without fear of the old bill, but I’ll be celebrating Brexit on the 31st with a G&T and a Mowbray pie.

Filbert Flange

17th January 2020 at 3:07 pm

And I’ll be flying the Union Jack AND a Saint Georges Cross. Might piss off my quebecois neighbours, but free beer should salve the beastly beggars.


27th January 2020 at 6:30 pm

Think I’ll wave a Sinn Fein flag right in your face at the Brexit BBQ. Now there’s a form of nationalism I can agree with!



27th January 2020 at 6:28 pm

I suspect you’ve eaten too many of those pork pies already…


27th January 2020 at 9:17 pm

You’ll need an ETIAS to get on a ferry to Holland, and with a criminal record for possessing cannabis you may not get it.

Forlorn Dream

17th January 2020 at 12:46 pm

I’d be happy for a bank holiday to be moved to 31st January. We could call it UK Independence Day and have a huge celebration.
Anyone complaining about us celebrating our independence day would then be plainly seen as hating our country.

Joyful Cynic

17th January 2020 at 11:26 am

If the losers manage to prevent Big Ben bonging – and church bells ringing – this January 31st I suggest and predict that we make January 31st in future years a special celebration day that will see the bells ring loud and proud every year. Stop us marking the actual day and we will celebrate every year from then on.

nick hunt

17th January 2020 at 4:55 pm

I almost hope they succed, as it will fix them in the public mind as UK haters and killjoys most effectively, so further wrecking their political futures


27th January 2020 at 6:28 pm

‘UK haters’ lol. Actually, I think there are many good things in this country, but economic separatism and ethno-nationalist jingoism are for imbeciles.


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