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    I remember (because I used to collect election literature as a hobby) that the candidates and range of political parties back in the day seemed zanier than today. There was an old chap called Bill Boaks who stood at by-elections all over the country as 'Democratic Monarchist Public Safety White Resident' and would usually collect about 50 votes. Then there was the Workers Revolutionary Party, which was a bit-like a souped-up Tooting Popular Front and had Vanessa Redgrave as a prominent member (Bernard Levin called them 'Vanessa's Loonies'). They wanted to replace Parliament with a 'workers government' but didn't say what that meant. Patrick Moore formed his own political party called The United Country Party: I remember that my mother thought it was about protecting the countryside but in fact it was to the right of the Tories who were 'too wet'.

    The obscene racist graffiti of the National Front seemed to be in every city, suburb and town and I think they had an offshoot called the National Party in the North-West. Then - although this might have just been a London thing - there was the Socialist Party of Great Britain which wanted to 'abolish money' in the early 80s when most of the country was skint. Nice one. In 1979, Auberon Waugh stood against Jeremy Thorpe for the Dog Lovers Party as a tribute to Norman Scott's assassinated Great Dane.

    Have I left anyone out? Oh yes: Sreaming Lord Sutch. We still have Howling Laud Hope (yes it is Laud not Lord) and the Elvis Lives Party, but they seem to be survivors of a bygone age.

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    And The USA have Trump
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Mc View Post
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    The USA also have millions of religious fundamentalists who are completely off the wall. And it's also the homeland of Political Correctness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I. R. Fincham View Post
    Still going strong I see (if it's the same chap each time).

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    I remember the Natural Law being mentioned in the media a lot in the early 1990s but never seemed to make any headway & faded away.

    I've noticed a lot of fringe parties aim for a niche area of politics, but if one of the mainstream parties start to occupy that niche the smaller ones don't have a chance.
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    Screaming Lord Sutch, now that brings back memories of the 1980s.

    Not the looney has people and the press portray. His main aim was to lampoon the main political parties. One of his best known policies was to put the Houses of Parliament on wheels, and transport it around the country. Some of his lunatic policies are now coming to fruition, 20 mph speed limits.

    The Bootle by election on 24 May 1990, was their finest moment. They had more votes than the Social Democrat Party candidate. This was effectively the end of the S.D.P.. In the report that followed, Lord Sutch seemed shocked at the outcome.

    Screaming Lord Sutch was not the Looney he was portrayed has. He was tea total. Before any election his party was standing in, he would hold a concert to offset the loss of his deposit etc.

    When he sadly committed suicide, it left a deep void in politics. Many independent candidates, and some major political party candidates, would feel a cold shiver down their back when he appeared.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard1978 View Post
    I remember the Natural Law being mentioned in the media a lot in the early 1990s but never seemed to make any headway & faded away.

    I've noticed a lot of fringe parties aim for a niche area of politics, but if one of the mainstream parties start to occupy that niche the smaller ones don't have a chance.


    I think I remember the Natural Law Party got a party political or election broadcast sometime in the 90s. They were standing in enough constituencies to qualify for one or something like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard1978 View Post
    I remember the Natural Law being mentioned in the media a lot in the early 1990s but never seemed to make any headway & faded away.

    I've noticed a lot of fringe parties aim for a niche area of politics, but if one of the mainstream parties start to occupy that niche the smaller ones don't have a chance.
    Oh yes, the Natural Law Party. They were disciples of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the Beatles' onetime guru. They believed that the world could be saved by 'yogic flying' and their manifesto included replacing the Army with a kind of spiritual SAS: a crack regiment of yogic flyers. They were extremely wealthy and owned a vast mansion in the Chilterns called Mentor Towers, but the political venture cost them a lot in lost deposits.

    The Maharishi's followers also have a centre in Skelmersdale where they fly in a yogic manner and claim to send waves of positive energy out from Skem to as far away as Yorkshire (I watched a documentary about this several years ago). The yogic flying looked like bouncing up and down with legs crossed but what do I know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by staffslad View Post
    I think I remember the Natural Law Party got a party political or election broadcast sometime in the 90s. They were standing in enough constituencies to qualify for one or something like that.
    I think they might have stood practically everywhere at some point in the 1990s. Somewhere I heard that they paid people to stand.

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