MP blasts Big Ben for Brexit ‘obsession’ over eye-watering cost revelation.
An SNP Member of Parliament attacked the BIG BEN bong for Brexit “obsession” after allegations that it will cost “£50,000 a bong.”
Last night, Channel 4 showed Big Ben: Restoring the World’s Most Famous Clock.
Architectural historian Anna Keay examines the landmark clock tower’s repair work in this presentation. Ms Keay travels behind the scenes of the mammoth operation and discovers that Cadeby limestone has been used to replace 700 pieces of broken stonework.
She also discovers how the coronavirus has influenced efforts to rebuild the famed clock’s damaged metal work, as well as how the dubious black paintwork on the four clock faces is being repainted to its original, vibrant color scheme.
The chimes of Big Ben have rung out during the reigns of six monarchs and 41 prime ministers, making it the world’s most famous clock.
However, on August 21, 2017, it was silent for four years to allow for necessary tower rehabilitation work.
The decision to quiet the bells was made to safeguard the hearing of the building’s tower employees as they began work on the towers’ first major restoration since 1985.
In January 2020, an active campaign began to ensure that the renowned clock tower’s chimes rang out at the exact moment of Brexit on January 31.
Mark Francois, a pro-Brexit lawmaker, urged for the lengthy repair process to be halted so that the clock’s bell may ring at 11 p.m. to mark the UK’s exit from the EU.
A number of benefactors had also agreed to contribute to the cost of reassembling the clock’s dismantled mechanism for the night.
“We’re working out a plan so people can bung a bob for a Big Ben bong,” Boris Johnson told the BBC.
“I still haven’t figured it out.”
Mr Johnson explained the expenditure by saying, “Big Ben is being restored.”
“They appear to have taken the clapper away, so we’ll have to rebuild it in order to bong Big Ben on Brexit night, which will be costly.”
The House of Commons Commission, which oversees the day-to-day operations of parliament, announced on January 14 that the bell would be “unlikely” to ring since it would cost £500,000 to do so.
“You’re talking,” remarked House of Commons Speaker and commission chair Lindsay Hoyle. “Brinkwire Summary News.”