Reading about the passing of Lord Toby Jug today, one of the colorful characters in British politics today....
https://www.huntspost.co.uk/news/fellow ... -1-6031184
From his Wiki-page:
Lord Toby Jug joined the Monster Raving Loony Party in 1987, and described himself as its Shadow Minister for Mental Health.
In April 2009, Jug called for a famous statue of Oliver Cromwell in St Ives to be replaced by one of Screaming Lord Sutch. In 2012, Jug presided over a Blue plaque unveiling at London's Ace Cafe in memory of Sutch, a longtime South Harrow resident, who died in 1999. The plaque was paid for by the bookmaker and online gambling organisation William Hill, a former sponsor of the Loony Party. In November 2013 Jug held a graveside gathering celebrating the life of Screaming Lord Sutch.
Jug was expelled from the Monster Raving Loony Party in 2014 over comments made about UKIP leader Nigel Farage, and for his criticism of pub chain J D Wetherspoon, a company which the Loony party had been attempting to attract as a sponsor. Party leader Howling Laud Hope said that it was "about the fourth time we have asked him to leave the party" and that the Loony Party was "not in the game of upsetting people".
When leaving the party, Jug expressed concern over racist comments expressed by Hope in a Guardian article from 14 years previously.
In January 2015 Jug founded "The Eccentric Party of Great Britain" in St Ives, after the Electoral Commission had rejected more than 30 suggested names, including the "Real Loony Party" and the "United Kingdom Independent Loony Party", for being too similar to those of other parties.
General and council elections
Jug stood in two general elections against Tony Banks in Newham North West in 1992, and its successor, West Ham in 1997.
At the 2005 general election, Jug stood against then Conservative leader Michael Howard in Folkestone and Hythe as "Lord Toby Jug Borthwick". Jug polled 175 votes beating three other candidates.
At the 2009 Cambridgeshire County Council election, Jug polled 566 votes, more than either Labour candidate and also raised £275 for the Teenage Cancer Trust. At the 2010 general election, he stood as candidate for Huntingdon and polled 548 votes. In May 2012, Jug campaigned in the District Council Elections, polling 118 votes, coming last. In March 2012, Jug announced plans to stand as a joke candidate for the position of Cambridgeshire's Police and Crime Commissioner. In June 2012 Jug stood in the St Ives Town Council by-election, and polled slightly ahead of the Liberal Democrat candidate.
At the launch of the 2013 Cambridgeshire County Council election campaign, Jug was accompanied by Loony minister for floating voters Lady Jezebel Fortescue Luxury Yacht and accidentally dropped his leaflets into the River Ouse. He later polled 197 votes.
In 2015, Jug announced his intention to stand as a prospective parliamentary candidate for Huntingdon at the general election, for The Eccentric Party of Great Britain. He joked that he should be included in the televised leaders' debates, because "although we are a small party, so are the Liberal Democrats". A month before the election, Jug planned to stand in both Huntingdon and the constituency of Uxbridge and South Ruislip, after the Eccentric Party's original candidate for the second area fell ill. When told he could not stand in two constituencies, Jug stood down from the Huntington election. Standing against Boris Johnson, and against Howling Laud Hope of the Monster Raving Loony Party, Jug polled 50 votes.
RIP to a characterful politician.
It made me wonder though- the Monster Raving Loony Party- do people think these days they are an outdated joke or are they still somehow as a cutting edge-satirical political force?
in reality, all of this has been a total load of old bollocks
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