The thought of going to a Political party conferences isn’t most people’s cup of tea. So with this in mind the Moster Raving Looney Party gathering is a lively affair, which is a mixture of drinking, music and basically having fun.
The Official Monster Raving Loony Party (OMRLP) was established in 1983 by musician and politician David Sutch or better knowen as Screaming Lord Sutch. The OMRLP are distinguished by having a deliberately bizarre manifesto, which contains things that seem to be too impossible or too absurd to implement — usually to highlight what they see as real-life absurdities.
Despite its laughable nature, some of the things that have featured in Loony manifestos have become law, such as being able to vote at 18, “passport for pets”, and all-day pub openings.
It’s one of the last Interviews that the late “Screaming Lord Sutch” gave at Party conference.
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Our time with two representatives from the registered UK political party the ‘Official Monster Raving Loony Party’ – Alan “Howling Laud” Hope and “Mad” Max Bobetsky…
Alan… or “Howling Laud” Hope as he prefers to be called, has been leader of the party since 1999 and during the run-up to the upcoming UK General Elections on May 7th 2015, what the party wishes to represent is what democracy worldwide should celebrate and have more of. And that is the importance of choice, and also the importance of as much opposition to the status quo and those in power as possible.
Mr Hope told us:
“No matter how old you are, but in our lifetime we have seen nothing but a Tory or Labour party UK government and this won’t ever change unless firstly there is a better alternative choice for the nation, or if the voting public make different choices thereby encouraging all politicians to work even harder for votes!”
In 2015 the Loony Party have candidates standing in many local locations across the UK, including Hope himself standing against London mayor Boris Johnson in Uxbridge and Ruislip, UK.
“We don’t necessarily stand to be in power, we would much rather others took the lead. But our intention is to always be in opposition representing the real people of the UK, those we talk to in the pubs up and down the country who are concerned about their jobs, rising taxes, global security, overcrowding in their areas, etc.. all the things we elect our governments to look after!” says Max Bobetsky.
During our chat Mr Hope talks about this, and he also mentions his friendship with MP Nigel Farage from UKIP as well as his pledge to BBC Presenter Jeremy Clarkson to join his party as the next leader if he has no other job to go to after his recent troubles with the BBC.
For more about the OMRLP visit: http://www.omrlp.com
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Special thanks to Alan Hope and Max Bobetsky.