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Bong for Brexit

Celebrate the UK leaving the EU?

Male
Beach  Male  Dorset
14-Jan-2020 18:58 Message #4768211
Plans are afoot to halt the £3 Billion pounds Parliament refurbishment, (currently costing £100,000 per week), in order to build a temporary floor within the tower to enable the bell clapper to be reinstated, (at an estimated cost of £120,000), so that Big Ben can herald the moment the UK formally leaves the European Union on the 31st of this month.

The media has rounded the figure up to 500 grand and is asking if half a million pounds is a good way to spend such money, whether it was public money or crowd funded?

Me? I’m planning to bonk for Brexit and can regard that event as a cert but imagine, God forbid, that the temporary works to get Big Ben ready for the big day doesn’t get completed on time. :-\

That would be awkward, wouldn’t it?

What do you think? Do you wish to see such expenditure invested / wasted on such an event or should someone either hire a public address system and use Big Ben sound samples to mark such a historic event, (probably for just a few thousand pounds), or even employ a gang of workers to manually strike the bell for four minutes with their lump hammers?
Male
Maglorian  Male  North Yorkshire
14-Jan-2020 19:17 Message #4768213
Panem et Circenses

Appeasement of the masses by the deluded working classes
Female
NoSaint  Female  Devon
14-Jan-2020 19:54 Message #4768215
De bell tinniant
Male
brisinger-the-beekeeper  Male  Lancashire
14-Jan-2020 20:12 Message #4768218
I'd be more impressed if they installed a ruddy great speaker and played "The Final Countdown" by Europe (The band) ;-)
Male
Beach  Male  Dorset
14-Jan-2020 22:38 Message #4768224
"Appeasement of the masses by the deluded working classes."

Well, Maglorian, as a former Finishing Foreman and Site Agent who used to specialise in the huge multi-million pound projects of my day, I would have been delighted to have been able to trick a deluded working class into, voluntarily, contributing cash to complement my own existing, limited, build budget. :)

This whole thing stinks of PM Boris Johnson using his questionable but bafflingly successful charm to pursue something he does by default, just about, all the time. ie Encouraging turkeys to vote for Christmas.

He's recently done exactly the same thing with regards to encouraging President Trump to revisit the (US) dismissed Iranian nuclear deal ... by deploying a characteristic ploy, (in this case, stroking Trump's own narcissism), by suggesting that any new arrangement, possibly called The Trump based Iranian Deal, could be renegotiated.

AND ... (I might as well put this comment here), Boris's own ego has already see him set aside BILLIONS for the North.

Not to actually, consciously, aid the people of the North ... though it surely will ... but, primarily, to satisfy Mr Johnson's own huge ego, simply by him being able to bathe in the orgasmic aura of himself being viewed as some generous God helping out little people north of Watford gap..
Female
NoSaint  Female  Devon
14-Jan-2020 22:51 Message #4768226
You could easily say the same about anyone making any donation or guarantee of spending. It’s only for “is ego guvnor!
But of course we don’t know what goes on in someone else’s head so this assumption could be right or could be wrong.
Female
KatieBubbles  Female  West Sussex
16-Jan-2020 19:16 Message #4768374
Boris has said we're not spending all that many on the bell for Brexit so a good call by the government.
Female
NoSaint  Female  Devon
17-Jan-2020 12:19 Message #4768433
Boris made the right decision with regards to Big Ben. A small Brexit celebration will take place to mark a very big occasion in our history.
Boris has also done the North proud by investing money in their future. It’s good to see this happening away from London for a change.
Male
Maglorian  Male  North Yorkshire
17-Jan-2020 13:07 Message #4768437
Some Circus clowns discuss democracy:
Democracy means numbers and giving way to those who lie the loudest, says one.
Falsity is truer than the truth, so long as more people vote for it than don't.
Oh very true, a clown smiles. Let trust and truth and proper care, be banned from our circus if unpopular.
Female
NoSaint  Female  Devon
17-Jan-2020 13:11 Message #4768438
Haha. Even Shakespeare expressed himself better than that.
Male
MrQuiet  Male  Northamptonshire
18-Jan-2020 23:49 Message #4768588
Will Boris get the Nobel prize?
Female
Gilpin  Female  Middlesex
25-Jan-2020 16:26 Message #4769125
No bongs for Brexit on Friday. I bet it would have bonged for remain! MPs thin on the ground in favour of Brexit I think.

Celebrations will be in force round Westminster just the same, it is quite a momentous occasion, the people's vote won, over the EU. I think that's quite an achievement. And London remains our top financial world city (with NY) something they sooo coveted.
Female
NoSaint  Female  Devon
25-Jan-2020 20:34 Message #4769132
I’m not sure it will be celebrations all round in Westminster as Brexit fiasco stretched into every corner but it will certainly be a momentous occasion.
Male
Maglorian  Male  North Yorkshire
3-Feb-2020 22:59 Message #4769791
One of the most absurd spectacles in recent days is Brexiteers ignorantly gloating that aeroplanes are still flying and food is still on the supermarket shelves after Brexit day.

The reason things haven't degenerated into chaos is that we've not actually left the European union in economic terms.

Our MEPs have gone, our seats at the top tables have gone, our right to influence, and even veto EU policies is gone, but economically we're still integrated thanks to the 'transition period'.

The Brexiteers have turned us from participating members of the European community into a powerless rule-take economic colony for as long as the transition period persists, yet they're gloating that things haven't immediately collapsed into chaos!

They spent decades whining on, dishonestly pretending that the UK was nothing but a powerless rule-taking economic colony of the EU, and now that they've actually reduced us to precisely this state, they're joyously gloating that everything is pretty much fine!

It's just so absurd to see people actively celebrating Britain's newfound vassal state situation after spending decades dishonestly railing against the fiction that that's what our full membership of the EU entailed.

Male
Templar2013  Male  South East London
3-Feb-2020 23:08 Message #4769792
There has been no shortage of absurd spectacles these past couple of years with Remainers and Leavers saying anything that comes into their heads but making very little sense.

On such an important issue as leaving the EU you might have expected to see some quite brilliant and inspired arguments from both sides but this was not to be and I don’t recall much of interest being said at all.

Anyhow the people have voted and now we are to go it alone. Only time will tell how that will work out. I’m sure we will survive but with some hardships on the way.
Male
brisinger-the-beekeeper  Male  Lancashire
4-Feb-2020 12:35 Message #4769811
Let's face it neither side will admit that they were wrong. They will just distort data to fit their own ends.
Female
Gilpin  Female  Middlesex
6-Feb-2020 15:38 Message #4769935
Nobody can tell the future, we've never pulled out of the EU before.

Our economy (despite 'Brexit') is the second strongest in the EU, despite being 'told' if we voted to leave it would crash.

People with a self-interest in the EU don't want us to leave. Couldn't care less about the democratic process. Besides, we will be a strong competitor against them, ask Chancellor Mrs sMerkell. She should know.


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