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The strange symbolism of Big Ben struck a chord with our MPs—and made the entire country look ridiculous

We've known this was coming since April last year—so why has it become yet another opportunity for certain members of Parliament to revel in archaic traditions (and, of course, bring up the war)?

By James Cooray Smith  

Health and Safety and the Second World War: the furore over Big Ben has brought the usual tropes to the fore. Photo: PA

On Monday, a cross-party group of MPs gathered outside on a cold, wet, summer day to witness the last time for a number of years that the chimes of ‘Big Ben’ would ring out—at least as a matter of quarter hourly routine. By doing so they—seemingly quite deliberately—sustained into a second week the curious political embolism surrounding the ‘silencing’ of the bell.

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