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Big Ben Renamed "Elizabeth Tower"??

June 29, 2012

Going. Going. Gong! BRITAIN's famous BIG BEN clock tower will be no more. The iconic London symbol will be officially renamed Elizabeth Tower, officials said Tuesday.

What'll they rename next? How about Elizabeth Stonehenge?

The name change comes after dozens of politicians signed up to a campaign to change the name of the 96 meter landmark tower in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II's 60th "unelected" year on the throne.

 

Graham Smith, chief executive of the anti-Monarchy pressure group Republic, struck a dissenting note, saying the tribute was ‘completely inappropriate’. ‘Parliament is supposed to be the home of British democracy and it shouldn’t be sullied by these associations with an undemocratic, hereditary institution,’ he said. ‘The fact the Queen supports the idea shows the contempt she has for British democracy. If she supported British democracy she would be telling MPs not to do this.

While Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed the name change as "a fitting tribute to the queen", reactions among political columnists and the rest of the public were mostly negative. UK political columnist Mat Morrisroe was livid and called it, "a massive waste of time" not to mention the costs involved. What's unforgiveable is that the name change was announced without a debate or a vote. "The reason this is so galling is because it is a genuine affront to the principle of democracy," added Morrisroe.

The Queen is powerless. Uh huh.

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