'Put the money into the NHS' – readers comment on calls to mark Brexit with Big Ben's chimes

Mail readers think that £500,000 to make Big Ben ring is a waste of public money and would rather see that money spent on the NHS and used to support struggling resources.

Thursday, 16th January 2020, 2:57 pm
There have been calls for Big Ben to chime at 11pm on January 31 to mark Britain's departure from the European Union. Picture: Pixabay

There have been calls for Big Ben to chime at 11pm on January 31 to mark Britain's departure from the European Union.

In an interview on BBC Breakfast, Boris Johnson said the Government was working up a plan to fund the costs - and the public may be able to "bung a bob for a Big Ben bong".

We asked in our Facebook poll: “But with an estimated cost of £500,000 to make it happen, would you like to see the bells ring out to mark Brexit?”

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More than 600 people took part in our online vote and 56% of readers don’t want to see Big Ben ring out on January 31, at 11pm.

Here’s what you had to say:

Carol Burton said: “I’m sure the half a million could be spent more wisely, instead of been wasted ringing the bell.”

Sally Hart said: “Half a million on a clock when there's 3.7 million kids in absolute poverty and schools can barely afford to stay open five days a week? As if anyone could actually support that.”

Roz Rutherford said: “It’s ridiculous that people are having to use food banks and that the NHS is struggling – get your priorities right I say.”

Stuart Donley said: “No just get on with leaving put the money into the NHS.”