PM: Public can fund Big Ben bongs for Brexit day
14/01/2020 | news | politics | 1,727
Boris Johnson said it would cost £500,000 for the famous bell to chime, but crowdfunding is an option.
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lol
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14/01/2020 14:12:47 434 175
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Like we won’t be paying enough for Brexit as it is.
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2/2: The rest are all net takers. Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Greece are all struggling. Migration has so seriously affected Poland, Latvia and soon Romania/Bulgaria that those nations will also soon struggle. The EU is essentially a foreign aid project set up by expansionist federalists (insidious).
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14/01/2020 15:10:15 31 8
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Won’t we all be too transfixed by the gentle jangling of fairy bells as the magic Brexit fairy dust descends from the skies to be bothered about Big Ben Bonging? Oh and just a reminder: 53% of voters actually voted for non leave options (parties) in the December election - so it’s not really the will of the people but let’s keep pretending it is eh? That’s why the Tories wouldn’t do a Ref2.
15/01/2020 00:08:42 5 6
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Its daft tho cos the popular vote in Dec was 53% for remain or Ref2 options (parties) & only 47% was for leave options (Tory and BP). Yes, if it had been a referendum (which it should have been) instead of an election then the 2016 Leave result would have been overturned. It’s true just look it up. Johnson is getting away with pretending Brexit is still the will of the majority. ??
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Oh dear...… I am scared for our country.....
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Shame on Parliament for not allowing the funding of such an iconic chime that signifies our nation...
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4. Posted by Unai Emery Shame on Parliament for not allowing the funding of such an iconic chime that signifies our nation... '''''' ..... flushing itself down the khasi...... Who'd have thought it, eh?
14/01/2020 21:49:35 12 0
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4. Posted by Unai Emery Shame on Parliament for not allowing the funding of such an iconic chime that signifies our nation... -- Parliament isn't stopping it, the unfinished renovation is stopping it.
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Hilarious. Welcome to Brexit Britain.
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Get the royals to pay.
14/01/2020 20:03:50 5 4
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6 gofundme appeals set up for £500k. Received so far £0 So all mouth and no trousers. Again
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14/01/2020 14:14:47 20 6
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How did they manage the New Years Eve 12 bongs. Do we pay by the bong? Insensitive and 11 Months too early.
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If it's that big a deal there must be individuals/groups avoiding tax who've got £500,000 to spare.
14/01/2020 19:34:25 6 1
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BWhit480 @8. "If it's that big a deal there must be individuals/groups avoiding tax who've got £500,000 to spare" ----- 1/2 million people putting a quid in the hat doesn't seem a lot... .
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Let the Brexit supporters pay. What a great idea. Should put the price up whilst they're at it.
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14/01/2020 14:15:57 11 2
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Take back bongtrol!
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14/01/2020 14:15:57 34 139
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Where do I sign up? Bring on the bongs (so long as the BBC is obliged to broadcast them)!
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Since I don’t consider this a cause for celebration I would not donate anything to this stunt. I believe that the £320,000 could be better spent in so many areas. One might be to pay for Boris to have a decent haircut so that he might at least look like a PM even if he doesn’t always act like one.
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12. Posted by OldRedDave on One might be to pay for Boris to have a decent haircut so that he might at least look like a PM even if he doesn’t always act like one. -- Ahh the Classic "I've lost the argument" Ad-Hominem attack there :-D ...oh, we're leaving the EU, have you heard?! teehee
12. Posted by OldRedDave on 1 hour ago One might be to pay for Boris to have a decent haircut so that he might at least look like a PM even if he doesn’t always act like one. ---- Wouldn't make any difference, he deliberately messes up his hair before appearing in public to appeal the the unwashed masses of leave voters. Seems having bad hair and lying all the time appeals to them :S Removed
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14/01/2020 14:16:17 35 8
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There's enough bells in this government already, use one of them instead..
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14/01/2020 14:16:58 295 80
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Can Johnson actually hear his own voice? Does he have any idea how utterly ridiculous this sounds? He wants the public to fund Big Ben chiming at a cost of HALF A MILLION POUNDS? I'd have been appalled if this was agreed by Parliament but crowdfunding it is somehow worse. As if that money couldn't be better spent on 1000 other things. Oh my, what a state we're in.
What a total tosser, take the cost from the crooks in the house of commons, £ 50,000 from each and every sitting MP. that would give them something to moan about. Removed
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14/01/2020 14:16:58 410 179
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So they want us to pay for Big Ben to toll the end of our economy. Jog on.
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14/01/2020 14:17:28 15 5
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If the people of London are stupid enough to go for this, then good luck to them. The rest of us never hear it anyway,
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17 days 6 hours 43 minutes 58 seconds
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Let the bells ring out for....(insert as appropriate).
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14/01/2020 14:17:58 25 10
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We were all supposed to be rolling in money after Brexit. Take note. This is the future.
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14/01/2020 14:18:08 206 32
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£50,000 per bong ? Somebody, somewhere is making a fortune from taxpayer's money ... as usual. Can't they just play a recording of the chimes for heaven's sake ?
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14/01/2020 14:18:29 57 19
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will it be a death knell for Britain
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14/01/2020 14:18:29 533 87
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How about a whip round for child poverty, food bank users, homeless charities, overworked teachers, underpaid nurses, hospice volunteers, the RNLI, and so on and so forth and what have you...
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22. Simon "How about a whip round for child poverty, food bank users, homeless charities, overworked teachers, underpaid nurses, hospice volunteers, the RNLI, and so on and so forth and what have you.." We do that all the time The British people already donate over £10 Billion a yr towards those & other worthy causes.
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What was Boris smoking on his extended break? Whatever it was, it was through a bong. Removed
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14/01/2020 14:18:59 49 14
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I'd bung in a bob to silence BoJo for a day
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14/01/2020 14:18:59 100 31
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Isn't the refurbishment already being done at the tax payer's expense? So why should people donate more money to a "vanity project" so Big Ben can sound the death knell of the UK?
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14/01/2020 14:19:19 424 157
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What a ridiculous waste of money to "celebrate" something half the country doesn't want.
14/01/2020 16:53:50 17 2
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26. Coco What a ridiculous waste of money to "celebrate" something half the country doesn't want. _ May as well cement the division permanently. The precious oldies that voted Leave get their precious ding-dong, and their hard-pressed kids that didn't vote for this misguided jingoistic nonsense can pay for it.
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14/01/2020 14:19:39 12 8
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I thought it was Labour that was going to give everyone a free bong? Confused.
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14/01/2020 14:19:39 67 25
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What happened to all this money we was going to make off brexit? Surely that can pay for it, unless it was lies... Surely the government wouldn't lie over lack of funding..
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The bell has certainly tolled for any sort of radical Labour Party.
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14/01/2020 14:15:57 196 94
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Since I don’t consider this a cause for celebration I would not donate anything to this stunt. I believe that the £320,000 could be better spent in so many areas. One might be to pay for Boris to have a decent haircut so that he might at least look like a PM even if he doesn’t always act like one.
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12. Posted by OldRedDave on One might be to pay for Boris to have a decent haircut so that he might at least look like a PM even if he doesn’t always act like one. -- Ahh the Classic "I've lost the argument" Ad-Hominem attack there :-D ...oh, we're leaving the EU, have you heard?! teehee
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SERIOUSLY? I GIVE UP
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14/01/2020 14:20:19 54 10
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Use a recording!!! What's wrong with people put the money into NHS
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14/01/2020 14:20:30 20 5
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Scrapping HS2 would free up billions for Northern infrastructure projects, the NHS, and Education, as well as the Bongs which would cost a pittance compared to what HS2 is costing the taxpayer every single week.
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14/01/2020 14:20:30 125 23
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They could fund homeless shelters, or fund 11 bongs. Which will it be?
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14/01/2020 14:20:40 55 16
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What a waste of money! A funeral for the UK would be cheaper.
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14/01/2020 14:20:40 30 133
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I'll be there with my money. And I'll be there in the square. Let Big Ben Bong for Britain!!!!!!!! :)
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14/01/2020 14:20:50 67 19
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Anyone who coughs up their own money for this nonsense would be Bong-Kers.
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14/01/2020 14:20:50 28 10
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"For whom the bell tolls" - all of us - the consequences start after we leave.
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When's the new 50 p out?
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Here we are talking about brexit bell-ends again... Removed
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14/01/2020 14:21:40 124 29
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There is only one dong that is relevant here. Boris himself... What kind of Prime Minister wants to blow half a million quid on dongs, when the NHS as breaking point?
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14/01/2020 14:21:50 12 18
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Sorry but how the heck can it cost £500k to make a big clock chime??? Prime example of everything wrong about the public sector
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14/01/2020 14:22:10 94 20
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Triumphalism really isn't a good look. Please stop it..
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14/01/2020 14:22:51 34 108
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It would actually be celebrating the victory of democracy in spite of people like you.
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14/01/2020 14:48:34 11 5
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@45. momanon It would actually be celebrating the victory of democracy in spite of people like you. -- No, the celebration of democracy will be when we make the roaring success of us leaving the EU as we were all told it would.
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45. Posted by momanon It would actually be celebrating the victory of democracy in spite of people like you. '''''''''' Ah, another who bought the snake oil? No point trying to explain to those who won't listen, but the last few months of parliament have been a true display of real democracy. The last few weeks have been an embarrassing display of populism.
14/01/2020 21:47:54 16 0
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45. momanon “It would actually be celebrating the victory of democracy in spite of people like you” ~ The only person who recently attempted to thwart our democracy was Johnson himself. If anything, we should have rung the bell after the Supreme Court ruling — that was the victory of the people against an undemocratic action we should have celebrated.
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14/01/2020 14:22:51 34 9
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God what have we done to deserve this idiot. Get your rich backers to pay?
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14/01/2020 14:22:51 37 7
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Empty vessels desperately trying to make even more sound and getting the stunned, the blind and the deaf electorate to pay for it.
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14/01/2020 14:23:11 3 6
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Brexit day bong? Where the end of the queue?
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14/01/2020 14:23:11 35 8
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To be fair all the people that were stupid enough to give farage £25 will cough up for this Atleast they'll actually get something for their money this time
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14/01/2020 14:23:31 150 20
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Anyone considering contributing to this please think about the thousands of charities that could put your money to much better use. £500,000 for an event lasting a few minutes and benefitting no one is a colossal waste of money
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50shadesofearlgrey @1531. "La Cucaracha played on car Air Horns would be more fitting" ----- Tut tut, that would be cultural appropriation the Left wing student activists would be up in arms... .
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No man is an island, Entire of itself. Each is a piece of the continent, A part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less. As well as if a promontory were. As well as if a manor of thine own Or of thine friend's were. Each man's death diminishes me, For I am involved in mankind. Therefore, send not to know For whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee.
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14/01/2020 14:24:01 24 47
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Nice idea but lets have a bank holiday instead but only for those who voted Brexit. the other lot are just to boring and sad
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14/01/2020 14:28:14 25 6
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52. Posted by westy on Nice idea but lets have a bank holiday instead but only for those who voted Brexit. the other lot are just to boring and sad — Agreed. While we’re at it perhaps those who voted Brexit should have their taxes raised to pay for it. If it’s as big a success as you all say it will be you can get your money back. Time to put your money where your mouth is?
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52 Westy And how would you implement it?. How could you tell the way people voted?. You seem to demonstrate lack of critical thinking there, just like others in June 2016.....
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14/01/2020 14:24:01 33 9
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only fools would fund such a stupid idea
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Also, "bung a bob"?? Are we going pre-decimal again now? Ludicrous.
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54. RangerDanger "Also, "bung a bob"?? Are we going pre-decimal again now? Ludicrous" Much as I detest BoJo, the alliteration in"bung a bob for a Big Ben bong" is quite amusing.
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@54 RangerDanger 'Also, "bung a bob"?? Are we going pre-decimal again now? Ludicrous.' And they said Labour would take us back to the seventies.
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14/01/2020 14:24:11 21 8
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I think the nation should forget Big Ben and purchase a dog colour and lead for Boris Johnson because like Blair he has become a lap dog to the USA what ever they say he will kiss ass beg nicely and get the crumbs of the table whilst putting others in danger. can this country not find a PM that has the guts to say no to the USA I doubt it they are all tared with the same brush
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Who do I send a £5 to?
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Boris is a naughty little wind up isn't he...
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Absolutely mind-boggling.
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A Brexit bong, after all.... empty vessels make the most noise.
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@59 Nero "empty vessels make the most noise." Are you *still* going on about Brexit?
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14/01/2020 14:25:02 75 26
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If you needed any more evidence Brexit is just a vanity project, here it is.....
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The bungs have it, the bungs have it......Unlock.
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If you give any of your hard-earned money to this, you're an utter idiot. Nothing more, nothing less. Sheep.
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14/01/2020 14:26:12 80 23
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Hardly worth paying for a celebration of leaving Europe when half the UK were against the whole idea of leaving Europe.
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14/01/2020 14:26:12 6 1
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This is probably one of the funniest articles I've ever read ! Thanks for the laugh !
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14/01/2020 14:26:22 31 8
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Let the fools that voted Tory pay for this sort of crap.
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.....and maybe the church bells will chime. However, we should perhaps; "Ask not for whom the bell tolls".
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14/01/2020 14:26:22 27 7
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A vacuous comment from an idiotic Prime Minister on a programme aimed at the witless.
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14/01/2020 14:26:32 32 8
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If You Voted Remain You should be exempt from Paying
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14/01/2020 14:26:32 12 3
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The public ALREADY FUNDS IT you overblown steatopygic buffoon! It's paid for by the Government, which is paid for by tax!!! Honestly, it's like someone let Billy Bunter become headmaster!
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14/01/2020 14:26:32 10 4
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Am I the only person who thinks this is just Bong-kers?
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14/01/2020 14:26:33 27 6
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how utterly ridiculous. ffs
71. Posted by qrt800 how utterly ridiculous. ffs Totally agree, also agree this is a ridiculous subject for a HYS. Would have preferred a HYS on Meghan & Harry. Removed
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14/01/2020 14:13:43 16 3
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Get the funding from all the Brexiteers
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Totally bongkers.
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Glad the important stuff's being addressed these days.
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Also, "bung a bob"?? Are we going pre-decimal again now? Ludicrous.
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54. RangerDanger "Also, "bung a bob"?? Are we going pre-decimal again now? Ludicrous" Much as I detest BoJo, the alliteration in"bung a bob for a Big Ben bong" is quite amusing.
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14/01/2020 14:27:33 9 4
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This has to be one of the most ridiculous stories to ever grace these pages. I didn't / don't support Brexit but if people want bongs give them bongs. Higher a couple speakers, an amp and play the mpeg Big Ben sound loudly (£50 max)!
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14/01/2020 14:27:33 26 8
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Dig deep Brexiteers to give Boris a good time. Anything left over I am sure could be used to buy a Stars and Stripes to fly over Downing Street.
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14/01/2020 14:27:33 35 10
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Perhaps N. Farage could pay from his E.U. wages?
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14/01/2020 14:27:53 13 4
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Brexit has cost a huge fortune already, this would just be throwing good money after bad.
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14/01/2020 14:27:53 10 4
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Would it be cheaper if there was an enormous farting noise from Downing St instead?
Can we donate to a fund to stop this?
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You must've been at a bong to bung Bozo a bob for a bong!
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NHS < Big Ben. Symbolism over support.
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14/01/2020 14:32:05 6 2
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@83 Just here for the comments "NHS < Big Ben. Symbolism over support." I guess you missed the bit where it said it would have to be crowdfunded as there is no public money for the stunt? Just out of interest, how much did you donate to the NHS last year?
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14/01/2020 14:24:01 24 47
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Nice idea but lets have a bank holiday instead but only for those who voted Brexit. the other lot are just to boring and sad
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52. Posted by westy on Nice idea but lets have a bank holiday instead but only for those who voted Brexit. the other lot are just to boring and sad — Agreed. While we’re at it perhaps those who voted Brexit should have their taxes raised to pay for it. If it’s as big a success as you all say it will be you can get your money back. Time to put your money where your mouth is?
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14/01/2020 14:21:43 6 0
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I have a sledge hammer and would only charge £1000 a bong. Put it out to private enterprise.
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Thought for the day:- Just send someone up the tower with a sledge hammer and give it 12 taps that should work. It would only cost a few hours overtime for 2 people.
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14/01/2020 14:24:01 24 47
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Nice idea but lets have a bank holiday instead but only for those who voted Brexit. the other lot are just to boring and sad
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52 Westy And how would you implement it?. How could you tell the way people voted?. You seem to demonstrate lack of critical thinking there, just like others in June 2016.....
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Yeah let’s crowdfund a bong for Brexit, I’m sure the people at food banks and sleeping ruff will appreciate it, think of the warm glow it will put in their hearts! More like the uk turning back to rags like Cinderella at midnight!
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A Brexit bong, after all.... empty vessels make the most noise.
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@59 Nero "empty vessels make the most noise." Are you *still* going on about Brexit?
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14/01/2020 14:29:04 21 44
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A lot of sore losers on here not wanting to celebrate democracy triumphing.
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14/01/2020 14:29:14 25 6
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oh my god! Did the Prime Minister of United Kingdom asking the general public for £500,000 for BREXIT bong? Seriously! I'm expecting enriched life, high paid jobs and fantastic economy from our prime minister after all the BREXIT promise. Before even we exit EU they are asking us for money???
I will gladly give money.It will great to hear Big Ben ringing in the new era.And ensure the remoaners know we have left the EU and silence them for ever Removed
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14/01/2020 14:29:44 11 4
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"Nice idea but lets have a bank holiday instead but only for those who voted Brexit. the other lot are just to boring and sad " Well, looking at the demographics, most of those who voted to leave are retired anyway, so it really won't make much difference. Us remain voting workers will keep on working.
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14/01/2020 14:29:54 14 6
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And how is this not "spaffing money up the wall?" Why not crowd-fund and pay a few more NHS staff with it, since that was what we were 'promised'...
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Think you need to do a bit more reading in that case.....
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14/01/2020 14:29:54 17 9
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Yeah don't worry about spending money on the NHS or other public services - lets spend it on a vanity project such as a big bong on big ben.
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96. Posted by jjh87 That's why it's going to be crowd funded. YOU get to decide whether to pay or not.It's not the Government who is paying. Honestly some people seem desperate to be offended...
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Sounds like a Bongkers idea...
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14/01/2020 14:30:15 15 13
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Lol . . . crowd funding a Trump Blimp is ok but crowd funding the Bong is obscene when there are homeless/hospitals/schools/puppies in need and it might hurt people's feelings . . . the hypocrisy of the liberal left.
Can we not just give the money to foreigners? To keep remoaners happy or maybe a terrorist group? Removed
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Somebody is taking the piss.