View Full Version : The Church of the Militant Elvis Party - Bono for Pope
23-04-2010, 01:33 AM
Thanks to electionlit for this, which I found on his blog.
We don't really do this in Ireland, the British Eccentrics mode of politics, unless you count the large vote for Dustin the Turkey in the Presidential Election won by Mary R.
23-04-2010, 02:15 AM
Reminded me of the Monster Raving Looney Party: and guess what; they haven't gone away, you know.....
23-04-2010, 09:17 AM
I'm afraid you've opened a can of worms here ....
There have been quite a few joke candidates here over the years.
Off the top of my head...
In 1987 Noel 'Flukie' Gorman stood for 'The All Night Party' in Sligo Leitrim. He stood in November 1982 for the 'Sligo-Leitrim Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Constituents by Lying and Cheating Politicians'.
In 1987 and 1989 Ronald Smith stood in Louth looking for 'Bible readings in the Dail'
William Abbey of The HolyCross Fitzsimons was a fixture during elections in the 1980s.
Ubi Dwyer in Dun Laoghaire in 1977 and 1981.
Lord Tom Denning I think was a Joke candidate in 1989 in Dublin North Central.
Probably the most famous Joke candidate was Bernie Murphy (http://irishelectionliterature.wordpress.com/2009/09/09/famous-cork-independent-cllr-bernie-murphy/)who was elected to Cork Corporation in 1985.
Another one of the Vote yourself into the money brigade was Pat 'Abel' O'Reilly (http://irishelectionliterature.wordpress.com/2009/09/18/pat-abel-oreilly-you-will-never-vote-better/)who ran in Dun Laoghaire in 1987 . He added the 'Abel' to his name so he would be first on the balllot paper.
There are plenty more I just have to look at the subject in further detail.
Then you have the likes of Noel O'Gara, The Natural Law Party etc who believe in what they are saying even though it may be amusing for the rest of us.
It may be easier to register parties over in the UK and of course its bigger. There are not actually that many Joke parties....
The Monster Raving Loony party did a huge amount to raise the profile of Joke Parties in the UK though.
23-04-2010, 09:31 AM
How about the Blah! Party
A Raymond Burns (aka Captain Sensible of 1980s fame) venture - he of the red beret
Not too sure what his approach to the pending UK Elections will be tho ... watch or engage?
Ahhh... Cpt Sensible, those of you of an older age frame might remember this one ;)
YouTube- Glad it's all over
23-04-2010, 12:34 PM
Would Bono not consider the position of Pope a demotion?
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