Francois and #StandUp4Brexit Admit Big Ben Bong Defeat

Four days off Brexit day, the spearhead of the ‘Bung a bob for a big ben bong’ bid, Mark Francois, has finally admitted defeat that the campaign will fail. Despite loyal Brexiteers coughing up £270,000 of hard-earned cash for it…

The money raised – which fell short of the ludicrously high £500,000 being cited by the Commons – will now go towards Help for Heroes, and Brexiteers will instead have to settle for No. 10’s projected clock up against Downing Street. Brexiteers may not have won this battle, there’ll still be more than enough to celebrate on Friday night…

mdi-timer 27 January 2020 @ 14:20 27 Jan 2020 @ 14:20 mdi-comment Comments
The Big Big Ben Brexit Bong Bung Bonanza

The biggest issue of our day continues to drag on – whether Big Ben will bong for Brexit. Despite Boris promising the Government was looking at a way for people to bung a bob for a Big Ben bong, it took StandUp4Brexit to launch an official crowdfunder last night, which in 14 hours has raised £47,000 from 3,300 people – £1,000 of which came from Mark Francois. Only £450,000 to go…

Unfortunately for those 3,300 people, it looks like a new hurdle has been put up, as Commons officials have said they will refuse any public cash to pay for the installation of the Big Ben bonger, saying there is “no legal basis” for them to accept public donations. Scrooges…

Not only might Big Ben not bong, but it sounds like Farage’s planned Parliament Square party won’t be as explosive as hoped; as Farage and Tice’s application to launch fireworks from a barge on the Thames fizzles out following officials at the Port of London Authority – which manages the Thames – refusing permission. Tice has had to put out a public plea to anyone in the Westminster area with a balcony or roof to launch fireworks off instead. Anyone lucky enough to have the property, get in touch…

UPDATE: 

Boris’s Bonkers ‘Bung a Bob for a Big Ben Bong’ Bid Binned

mdi-timer 16 January 2020 @ 10:16 16 Jan 2020 @ 10:16 mdi-comment Comments
Number 10 Looking at Crowd Funding Big Ben Brexit Bongs

Boris told BBC Breakfast this morning that Number 10 is “working on a plan” so that the public can “bung a bob for a Big Ben bong” – or in other words crowdfund the half a million pound cost. Lord Ashcroft has already promised to underwrite the success of any crowdfund attempt…

mdi-timer 14 January 2020 @ 08:33 14 Jan 2020 @ 08:33 mdi-comment Comments
Read in Full: Brexit Bill’s Big Ben Bong Amendment

Now all we need are some fireworks and the bars to stay open late…

Hat-tip: Telegraph
mdi-timer 2 January 2020 @ 21:58 2 Jan 2020 @ 21:58 mdi-comment Comments
Big Ben Flashes His Tip

As was announced by Parliamentary Authorities last week, Elizabeth Tower has begun the prolonged process of shedding some of its cladding. To the palpable relief of tourists who have experienced years of photographic disappointment…

This week, parliamentarians arrived in Westminster to see the tower’s spire had been uncladded, with more of the rooftop to be revealed over the next five weeks. Those opposed to Big Ben’s new rustic, utilitarian vibe, however, will be pleased to learn the scaffolding is still a long way from coming off entirely in 2021. Guido’s sure Extinction Rebellion will mourn the loss

mdi-timer 22 October 2019 @ 17:00 22 Oct 2019 @ 17:00 mdi-comment Comments
There’ll Be Bonging This Christmas

Good news; from tomorrow until New Year’s Day Big Ben’s bonging will be heard across SW1. That means the New Year’s Eve fireworks display will be set off from the London Eye as normal on the bong. Despite Brexit…

mdi-timer 22 December 2017 @ 16:59 22 Dec 2017 @ 16:59 mdi-comment Comments
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