by Graham Pierrepoint
The UK General Election last week has brought about confusion, jubilation and concern – but, at the same time, it’s brought about some much-needed humor. In typical British fashion, a number of politicians standing for election up and down the country couldn’t help but take the opportunity to act more than a bit daft in the face of tradition and bureaucracy. The Monster Raving Loony Party – once led by a cat – has been a part of the political landscape in the country for decades! On the night of the election, it appears that one particular independent candidate – dressed entirely in black leather, a sweeping cape and with a large, cylindrical bucket on his head – captured the hearts and laughter of many following the unfolding votes on Twitter. All hail, it would seem – Lord Buckethead.
Lord Buckethead – the self-described ‘spacelord’ who stood for election opposite Prime Minister Theresa May (no less) in the constituency of Maidenhead – has been doing the rounds on Twitter via series of photos taken from the vote counting, and as a result users from all over the world are wondering just what on Earth has happened to the UK’s political system. Buckethead has, in fact, ran against both Prime Ministers John Major and even Margaret Thatcher in the past – meaning that he, if he is even the same Buckethead, has more of a history on the UK election scene than some standing in Parliament today.
Lord Buckethead’s bizarre manifesto, too, is going viral – in it, the independent candidate claimed that singer Adele should be ‘nationalized’, fox hunters themselves should be legally hunted, and that bicycles should be free for all – to combat bike theft. Buckethead’s bizarre David Bowie-tinged election campaign video is doing the rounds, too – yet the spacelord only managed to garner 249 votes on the fated night. In comparison to May’s 37,718, it’s rather paltry – but above all else, the appearance of Buckethead at this election has reminded just about everyone that it helps not to take everything so seriously so often. While this was a very important election for many reasons – it needed an injection of fun, and Buckethead certainly helped to bring that.
The spacelord wasn’t alone in being the only ‘wacky’ candidate – he stood against someone appearing as Elmo from Sesame Street, and a man known only as ‘Mr Fish Finger’ (dressed as a frozen fish treat) managed to gain 309 votes in the Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency.