When political characters like Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders come along with extremely polarising views, it feels like there are a whole lot of crazy people on both the left and the right just waiting to crawl out of the woodwork. But trust me; even the most extreme Bernie bros and Trumplestiltskins have got nothing on some of the insane political parties of the world.
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Founded in 1983 by musician David Sutch, also known as Screaming Lord Sutch, the Monster Raving Loonies are a British party who put forward deliberately ridiculous policies as a way of offering a protest vote. One of the Loony Party’s earliest members, John Desmond Lewis, stood in the 1981 Crosby by-election under his new name of Tarquin
Formed in 1947, the American Vegetarian Party was a third-party group who ran Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates over five elections until disbanding in 1964. Although they did champion many progressive ideas such as equal rights alongside their main aims of reducing meat consumption, the American Vegetarian Party also had a keen distaste for alcohol, tobacco and the overuse of medicine.
In the Australian Capital Territory elections of 1987 university lecturer Emile Brunoro participated as a regular candidate with sensible policies, but two years of political campaigning clearly turned him insane, because at the 1989 election he rocked up with six ridiculous political parties, including one dedicated to tomatoes.
The Sun Ripened Warm Tomato Party was created as a single-issue opposition group aimed at curtailing the growing trend of gas-ripened fake tomatoes which Sydney foodies claimed tasted worse. Who needs free speech and equal rights when you can have delicious non-gassy produce right folks?
Do not Google Lemon Party, I repeat, do not Google Lemon Party. If you think actual lemons are sour just wait until your eyeballs taste the horrors that await those search results. The actual Lemon Party, or Parti Citron, was a Canadian political organisation which lasted for 11 years from 1987 to 1998, and was headed by a leader who called himself Pope Terence the First.
Created in New Zealand in the 1980s the McGillicuddy Serious Party were basically the Monster Raving Loonies of the Southern Hemisphere. To choose which party members became candidates their meetings would involve water balloon fights, games of musical chairs, hand-to-hand combat using paper swords, and a Cinderella-style contest where prospective MPs would slip their feet into various shoes of different sizes, and whoever fit the right pair would be the winner.
If you’re up to date with the latest political situation in the UK you’ll know that the leader of the far-right UKIP Party Nigel Farage recently led a successful campaign in persuading the people of Britain to vote to leave the European Union, despite it being known that this was a really really really bad idea. However, Farage has been less successful in fighting for his own parliamentary seat in his constituency of South Thanet, and this is partly thanks to the number of weird parties formed in the area to campaign against and discredit this gurning xenophobic lizard-gimp.
The Union of Conscientiously Work-Shy Elements was a Danish party founded in 1979 by comedian Jacob Haugaard, who was once quoted as saying “If work is so healthy, then why not give it to the sick?”
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