There’s A Party For Me Out There Somewhere…

November 20th, 2007at 08:11pm Posted by Eli

Since I’m in a bit of a pox-on-both-their-houses mood lately, it’s reassuring to know that there are alternatives – I just have to move to another country.

While there are benefits to America’s two-party system, unquestionably its biggest drawback is the lack of the bizarre fringe groups on ballots. Other nations have long been ahead of the U.S. market on this score; in Canada, for example, the Neo Rhino Party is once again in the news, with its platform of free drugs and weekly orgasms and its proposal to “invest five million in an army of clowns.” It also promises to “not to keep any of its promises if elected.”

The NRP may not have a Canadian snowflake’s chance in hell of taking over the government. But it is undeniably entertaining. So for anyone bored by America’s bipartisan political snooze-fest, here’s a list of strangest parties ever to grace an election ballot:


The Church of the Militant Elvis Party
This outspoken British party has been around since 2001. According to its Web site, the CMEP was founded “to overthrow the Corporate Capitalist State which turned Elvis, a man of immense talent, into a fat media joke.” Its near Communist leanings appear to be balanced with equal opportunity concerns, as was demonstrated by the recent appointment of Lesbian Elvis, “a female dummy,” to the party’s highest leadership position, called “The Leader.” Deputy Leader Lord Biro has “stood in four Nottingham City Council elections the latest being Wollaton West 2007 (105 votes).” It should be noted that Lesbian Elvis was part of Lord Biro’s “Armageddon Art Show” in 2006.


The Official Monster Raving Loony Party
The undisputed king of all fringe political parties, the OMRLP has been formed and re-formed intermittently since the 1960s. The OMRLP reached its hey day in the early 1990s, when it beat out several mainstream parties to become a household punchline in Britain. Despite its joking facade, it has helped to effect several reforms, including lowering the voting age to 18. Today its platform remains bent on the absurd, with such proposals as: “The European Union end its discrimination by creating a ‘Court of Human Lefts’ because their present policy is one_sided.” It is also seeking a bill to make it illegal “for super heroes to use their powers for evil.” Now who could argue with that?

There’s hope for humanity yet.

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Democrats,Politics,Republicans,Weirdness

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