As widely reported in the news this week the decision was taken by Parliamentary authorities that the famous chimes of Big Ben should fall silent for the next four years while restoration of the palace of Westminster takes place.
Rupa Huq MP for Ealing Central and Acton meanwhile commented “What it actually means is that an old clock needs fixing. I think we need to get a sense of perspective. There are much worse things occurring in our world than to see this as a cause for national mourning.”
While the final chimes rang out at midday there was a mini media scrum in the grounds of the totemic landmark. Rupa Huq who was present as she was onsite in any case maintained that she wouldn’t have come in particularly to pay her respects. She said “We shouldn’t lose sight of the reason why this is being done. It’s to protect the hearing of the workers doing the restoration. We’ve seen with Grenfell Tower what happens when you cut corners with health and safety and scrimp on the sort of protections that the extreme right sees as meddlesome red tape. MPs are always seen as self-obsessed and insular. I honestly can’t see any of the general public being too bothered about what appears to be a Westminster obsession. Our constituents need us to be fighting for them not defending some ancient tradition for the sake of it”.
Prime Minister Theresa May had been castigated for being slow to condemn President Trump’s stance on the racist violence at Charlottesville USA but swift to condemn the silencing of Big Ben. Rupa remarked “When I saw the headline ‘May speaks up for bongs’ I had to say I hadn’t had her down as that type”, Rupa joked.