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16 Monster Raving Loony Candidates (and one TUSC) in Kingston on Thames Council By-Election.

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Trade Union and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) Faces Tough Competition From Monster Raving Looney Party.

Newshound David Walsh writes,

In this strange week where nothing political is stirring – anywhere – and nowhere on the left, please see the attached notice of nominations for a mundane by election in the Chessington South ward of Kingston upon Thames Borough Council.   This follows the death of a Lib Dem Councillor.

When you open it, you will see that beside the three main parties , there are 13 candidates for the Raving Monster Looney Party – ranging from the Lady Dave Pither to the Count of Casual Corinthians via Captain Coily.  In a ward where the last elections saw the Tories fighting off the Lib Dems in the mid one and a half thousands, and Labour trailing in with a couple of hundred it seems an odd place for Loonyism.  Street view shows solid upper middle England villas and detached houses, and Google Earth shows a lot of big gardens with the blue dots of swimming pools.  For the Loonies to have got the 130 signatures is a job of industrial enterprise.  Odder still, the contest also sees a TUSC candidate – they must have found a hidden proletarian enclave that escaped me.  See PDF from the council.

The following is a statement of the persons nominated for election as Councillor on Thursday 6 May 2021

Looniest election: Why 13 Official Monster Raving Loony Party candidates are competing for your vote in the same seat.

A total of 13 candidates for the Official Monster Raving Loony Party are standing for just one seat in Kingston’s Chessington South by-election, possibly setting a record for the number of candidates a party has contested in a single-seat election.

There is nothing in the rules against this stunt, and there have been occasions in the past where two or three candidates have stood for one political party in a seat.

But it obviously makes it harder for a political party to win if their votes are split between several candidates. But then maybe that’s the point…

The story continues.

Loony candidate A. Gent Chinners tweeted about the political ploy stating: “It’s going to be a squeeze getting all 13 of them into that seat!”

He told MyLondon that despite “this massive plan of mine taking up far too much time” it was something he’d always wanted to try and arrange in a local election “and this one just seemed right what with lockdown.”

Speculation is growing in the international workers’ movement as to whether TUSC will manage to beat the Official Monster Raving Loony Party in a crucial contest in the proletarian heartlands.

Written by Andrew Coates

April 11, 2021 at 9:56 am

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  1. Buried under all this loonyism is a serious point only just spotted. The LibDem candidate, Andrew MacKinlay used to be an acerbic, but highly respected Labour MP for Thurrock in Essex. He gained credit for standing up to the rise of UKIP in that patch which they saw as their emerging heartland. He stood down in 2010 due to what he saw as the trvialisation of constituency MP’s by the whips of all the major parties. Interestingly, in this week of all weeks, he was noted in Wiki as one who “publicly supports the abolition of the monarchy and is identified as a republican.”

    David Walsh

    April 11, 2021 at 10:40 am

  2. I think each nomination paper requires 12 signatories who live in the polling area and presumably each one has to be unique, which means 157 people have signed the nomination forms. Interesting.

    Sue r

    April 11, 2021 at 1:08 pm

    • David said that, and as you suggest Sue, that is a lot, a real lot, of people in a Ward to have got to have signed them. Having signed nominations myself, it is normally done by members of parties.

      Andrew Coates

      April 11, 2021 at 3:03 pm

  3. Proudfoot forms Northern Independence Party Monster Raving Loony faction:

    Andrew Coates

    April 11, 2021 at 6:12 pm

  4. On one level this is amusing. Who can fail to remember the MRLP when they went to the polls in those man-riding-an-ostrich costumes, with the false legs hanging over the side ? And then had to struggle to control the unruly beasts onstage. Or Screaming Lord Sutch, their leader ?
    But it also presents a genuine danger to the left, if the Conservatives are going to play serious politics, while many who would be left-leaning, start voting for political comedy.

    Jeff Smith

    April 11, 2021 at 7:26 pm

    • You mean like this lot who don’t even have the wit get registered as a political party like the MRLP?

      Andrew Coates

      April 11, 2021 at 9:48 pm

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