Monday, 12 January 2015

Countdown to the election

It seems only a short while ago that we were all heading towards a general election.  But, that was nearly five years ago.
The election mania hasn't yet started, but it won't be long before the news is nothing but election this, party political broadcast that, debates, hype & hysteria.

I recall the fun that came from candidates fielded by the Monster Raving Looney Party, and not least, their rather entertaining policy statements.  Here's a few from their website:

  • We will reduce the national debt by selling the castles back to the French. (Buyer dismantles)
  • We propose the removal of funding for weather prediction as they seem to get it wrong most of the time anyway. This money would then be redirected into an extensive scientific research scheme to find out what actually came first, the chicken or the egg?
  • The options on the Referendum ballot on our membership of the EU to
  • read–
    • a) In
    • b) Out
    • c) Shake it all about
There have been a few MRLP suggestions that actually became law (via wikipedia):

The OMRLP are distinguished by having a deliberately bizarre manifesto, which contains things that seem to be impossible or too absurd to implement – usually to highlight what they see as real-life absurdities. 
Despite its satirical nature, some of the things that have featured in Loony manifestos have become law, such as being able to vote at 18, "passports for pets", and all-day pub openings

Anyhoo, when the electioneering starts, remember that there is still humour in politics, somewhere.

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