Our latest post General Election Co-ALE-ition ale was launched last Wednesday “Monster Crush” which is a 3.4% hoppy golden session ale brewed by the Wild Weather brewery from Silchester. The Monster Crush pumpclip features a special photo of Howling looking admiringly at Boris Johnson taken at the Uxbridge Parliamentary seat at the General Election last month as Boris was delivering his acceptance speech. Howling entertained and engaged everybody in his own inimitable charismatic style. He was aided and abetted by three Boris Johnson lookalikes.
In 1963 , when Screaming Lord Sutch entered the political field as the Leader of the Teenage Party, the voting age was 21. Sutch campaigned for it to be 18 and in 1966 Harold Wilson’s government extended the voting franchise to 18 year old’s. In 1983, now as leader of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party , Lord Sutch argued that if you could marry, pay tax & join the army at 16 then you should be allowed to vote at 16.
As part of the EU Referendum Bill, the House of Commons debated extending the voting franchise to 16/17 year olds in an in /out (shake it all about) EU Vote (albeit some 32 years after the OMRLP had first proposed the idea) . Referendums come along once or twice in a lifetime unlike General Elections, held every five years, most sensible MP’s recognise that 16/17 year olds should be given a voice on their future, much as Scotland did with the Yes/No vote .
I was saddened to read in Hansard that all three of the Worcestershire MP’s voted against extending the voting franchise to 16/17 year old’s , especially Harriet Baldwin , she hardly needs me to remind her that 98 short years ago she would not have had the vote let alone be in the position to deny 1.5 million 16/17 year old’s the same rights. Like Mrs Baldwin, Mr Walker & Mr Huddleston remain tight lipped as to why they do not trust the youth of this county and so we draw our own conclusions. Although happy to pose with young people on the electioneering trail and address schools and academies about ‘the democratic process’ it appears they did little other than follow the party line as the motion was defeated by 45 votes.
At 16 you can consensually sleep with your MP but not vote for him/her, and they call us Loonies.
The Sunday People interviewed Howling and published an article about “lost deposits”.
“We’re proud of that record,” Loony leader Howling Laud Hope told the Mirror’s Sunday newspaper.
“If anyone saved their deposit it would mean they are not being loony enough.
Just a short mention on this one ‘Elvis’, shear coincidence, – both Phil ‘Elvis’ Priestly and Tony ‘The Jersey Flyer’ Blyth, both became bitten with the same ‘Loony Bug’ after meeting up with Howling ‘Laud’ Hope, at the then Party Headquarters, at the Golden Lion Hotel in Ashburton, Devon. Phil just happened to pop in whilst on holiday from Aldershot! Tony whilst working on Dartmoor. This was how we first met, and then they got to know each other a Party Conference in 2001 at the Dog and Partridge in Yateley, Hampshire.
Life Goes on day after day for some, and for some, not so lucky, as we are finding now. It with with regret once more, that I have to tell you of another friend of David Sutch, myself and the party. The passing of Mac Poole, Mac ‘Malcolm’ Poole was a professional drummer and had been around for many years and well respected in the music business.
Although not a party member, (he always said that he was a sympathiser) he had worked with the Savages on many occasions. Was heard, but not seen on many a chart hit, like a lot of not quite so well knows, he was always around. Very well known though to those that knew him, cause he couldn’t stop talking. Nice banter and always very helpful.
The measure of his popularity was confirmed by the people who attended, 250 or more turned up to pay tribute. After his immediate family, it was all musician friends and acquaintances, the likes of, Rick Wakeman, Chas Mcdevitt, Billie Davis, Graham Fenton, Danny Rivers just to name a few. We were mentioned in dispatches, it was said that he would have been pleased to know that the ‘Loony Party’ were in attendance. So long Mac, memories from us all!
It really is with great sadness that I have to inform all in The OMRLP of the death of Phil “Elvis” Priestly who was a member of the Aldershot Branch for many years. He was a great friend of mine and of Bob “Professor Nabob” Stanton. He used to come to the Conferences at The Dog and Partridge in Yateley and I am sure everyone who knew him or even came into contact with him will remember him well – especially the gas mask he had on his head!!
At the conference in Hook a number of years ago he and I almost drank a pub dry whilst we sat in the back garden in the sun smoking cigars!! He was a retired member of “The Special Forces” and was not a man to be messed with!! At one time he was the landlord of one of the ale houses in Aldershot – which shall remain anonymous for obvious reasons – but anyone who frequented the establishment would have memories of downing much liquid refreshment there!! He had a tremendous sense of humour and was bloody good company and I always made a beeline to meet him whenever I flew to the Mainland and spent many happy hours with him. A very sad loss.
Tony The Jersey Flyer
I nearly left it late to stand for the OMRLP in Islwyn, South Wales with about a week to go before the deadline. I was a little dismayed to lose my BUM in the process. I registered as Baron von Magpie BUM, but the returning officer felt my BUM may cause offence to some of Islwyn’s more sensitive voters. So I became Baron von Magpie on the ballot paper.
To my total surprise, friends and neighbours raised the £500 deposit in just over a week, with a few pounds left over to get some posters and leaflets printed up by a local printer and with the help of the most excellent Baron von Claptrap, standing in the Gower.
There followed many miles of putting up flyers and chatting to the locals, who by-and-large were very supportive. Best not to mention the 4-car pile up I caused when a driver was so busy watching me putting up posters they didn’t notice the other 3 cars stopped at lights in front of them. Only one broken wrist. Oops!
On Election Day it was great to be able to vote for myself. Later that night I attended the count, accompanied by the Baroness who decided to dress for the occasion in a full sized chicken suit. As we walked into the count the looks were a mixture of puzzlement and disbelief followed by the look of realisation that the Loonies had arrived. I was extremely pleased to get 213 votes. Chris Evans, of Labour won the seat – but I loved the headline ‘Evans wins again’ as my real surname is also Evans! Can’t wait for the Welsh Assembly elections next year so watch out , Baron von Magpie BUM WILL ride again!
Campaigners have been complaining that the Election was ‘most disproportionate in history’
In a new analysis the Electoral Reform Society – which campaigns to change the voting system – has assessed how the make up of Parliament would have differed had other voting systems been used.
The research shows that under a different system UKIP could have won as many as 80 MPs and the Greens 20. UKIP received 3.9 million votes and the Greens 1.2 million, and they ended up with one MP each.
The loony party although very happy with the present system, do concede that under a different system where parties gained M.P,s by the number of votes, and adding up all the votes we gained in the election, we would actually end up with at least a LEG