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Message 1340705 - Posted: 25 Feb 2013, 14:30:34 UTC
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If people think the Brits are a bit eccentric, cop this lot

Eastleigh By-Election

Currently, the deposit in elections to the House of Commons is £500, which must be handed in, in cash, banker's draft, or other forms of legal tender, when the candidate submits his or her nomination papers. It is refunded provided that the candidate gains one-twentieth (5%) or more of the total valid votes cast in the constituency.

The list of candidates in alphabetical order is:

COLIN BEX - Wessex regionalists
DAVID BISHOP - Elvis Loves Pets Party
JIM DUGGAN - Peace Party
RAY HALL - Beer, Baccy and Crumpet Party
HOWLING LAUD HOPE - Monster Raving Loony William Hill Party
MARIA HUTCHINGS - Conservative
DIANE JAMES - UK Independence Party
DR IAIN MACLENNAN - National Health Action Party
KEVIN MILBURN - Christian Party "Proclaiming Christ's Lordship"
JOHN O'FARRELL - Labour
DARREN PROCTER - Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
DANNY STUPPLE - Independent
MIKE THORNTON - Liberal Democrats
MICHAEL WALTERS - The English Democrats - "Putting England First!"

Place your bets now folks, Ray's gotta be in with an outside chance, but could be a lot of lost deposits ..... :-)
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Message 1340709 - Posted: 25 Feb 2013, 14:53:43 UTC
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Like many things in Canada, our politics are sometimes a watered down version of what goes on in the UK. Here's two that have run locally where I am, there may be others...

The Natural Law Party, aka the Flying Yoga Party, got an astounding 0.63% of the popular vote in 1993, thats tens of thousands of people who thought magician Doug Henning should be our Prime Minister. Downhill since.

The Rhinoceros Party, reformed a few years ago, don't seem to be as much fun as the 1980s version, which really knew how to, um, Party. Got 0.02% of the vote in 2011 nationally, but as high as 0.6% in fun loving parts of Quebec.

And the usual assortment of right wing crazies like the Christian Reform, mostly Dutch people

and the just plain goofy: Pirate Party, Radical Marijuana Party, the Canadian Extreme Wrestling Party, etc.

We still have a Communist party, they actually had a sitting member of Parliament back in the 50s and 60s.
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Message 1340735 - Posted: 25 Feb 2013, 16:20:09 UTC

Good links Bill, many thanks.

I reckon we should start up the SETI party, Eric for President, and Angela for Secretary of State. Lets face it, we couldn't do any worse the the current lot ....

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Message 1340784 - Posted: 25 Feb 2013, 18:20:42 UTC

Vote Raccoon!
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Message 1340993 - Posted: 26 Feb 2013, 11:23:02 UTC

Vote Ray Hall, you know it makes sense!

(sorry nurse, I'll take my meds now)

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Message 1341917 - Posted: 1 Mar 2013, 8:19:51 UTC
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Knowing Chris has a tendency to be Non compos mentis first thing, especially if nursy has given him his meds, here are the results in full

Turnout was 52.7%, down from 69.3% at the 2010 general election.


Mike Thornton (Liberal Democrat) 13,342 (32.06%, -14.48%)

Diane James (UKIP) 11,571 (27.80%, +24.20%)

Maria Hutchings (Conservative) 10,559 (25.37%, -13.96%)

John O'Farrell (Labour) 4,088 (9.82%, +0.22%)

Danny Stupple (Independent) 768 (1.85%, +1.56%)

Dr Iain Maclennan (National Health Action Party) 392 (0.94%)

Ray Hall (Beer, Baccy and Crumpet Party) 235 (0.56%)

Kevin Milburn (Christian Party) 163 (0.39%)

Howling Laud Hope (Monster Raving Loony Party) 136 (0.33%)

Jim Duggan (Peace Party) 128 (0.31%)

David Bishop (Elvis Loves Pets) 72 (0.17%)

Michael Walters (English Democrats) 70 (0.17%, -0.30%)

Daz Procter (Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts) 62 (0.15%)

Colin Bex (Wessex Regionalist) 30 (0.07%)

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Message 1341929 - Posted: 1 Mar 2013, 8:47:22 UTC

I'd love to comment, but that would be political and this is supposed to be the fun Cafe thread.
Before I put on the heavey gear and peek into the politics forum, is there already a discussion thread there?

ok, crumpets outnumber partygoers, with peace close after it. Looks like Elvis' pets werent' such a stir.

Mhm crumpets... getting peckish.
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Message 1341958 - Posted: 1 Mar 2013, 10:30:55 UTC

Would our esteemed Mods like to consider moving some or all of this thread to the Politics "surprise No.2" thread. Some of it might be might be more appropriate there.
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Message 1341967 - Posted: 1 Mar 2013, 11:34:52 UTC - in response to Message 1341958.

Would our esteemed Mods like to consider moving some or all of this thread to the Politics "surprise No.2" thread. Some of it might be might be more appropriate there.


clickable link to the politics thread ;)

I think vote raccoon is perfectly fine here as are crumpets and peace lovers.

The serious discussion can take place in politics.

Eastleigh must have either a shortage of raccoons or of Cafe goers, that they didn't have a Raccoon party candidate!

Ok, when and where are the next elections and where can we source raccoons?
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Message 1341981 - Posted: 1 Mar 2013, 12:31:36 UTC
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Ok, when and where are the next elections and where can we source raccoons?

Local Council Elections Thursday 2 May 2013 Councils
General Election 7 May 2015 General

The 32 London borough councils (next election 2014)
The 36 metropolitan district councils (next election 2014)
The 201 district councils in two-tier authorities (next election 2014 in the 67 councils where members are elected by thirds, and 2015 in the 127 councils where all members are elected together)

Well you asked!!! Local By-Elections happen all the time if Councillors or MP's die, stand down, or get de-selected. Eastleigh was important because it was held in Government Mid-Term and often gives a strong indication as to how the country is feeling. Angela might have a source of Raccoons that she could export?

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Message 1342867 - Posted: 4 Mar 2013, 4:18:34 UTC

Just because discussions are on the Poly side, doesn't mean they have to be moved. It just depends how serious you are.

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Message 1343056 - Posted: 4 Mar 2013, 20:06:54 UTC
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I'd love to comment, but that would be political and this is supposed to be the fun Cafe thread.

Which is why I made the suggestion.

It just depends how serious you are.

Fair comment Uli.

Now back to fun business, is there a Raccoon party?

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Message 1343159 - Posted: 5 Mar 2013, 2:17:46 UTC - in response to Message 1343056.
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... is there a Raccoon party?


Yes. Whenever two or more racoons get together with a bottle.


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Message 1343162 - Posted: 5 Mar 2013, 2:26:32 UTC

. . . just don't talk about voting Elephants or Donkeys. :oD


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Message 1343164 - Posted: 5 Mar 2013, 2:33:35 UTC - in response to Message 1343162.

. . . just don't talk about voting Elephants or Donkeys. :oD


Why would elephants and donkeys vote?
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Message 1343341 - Posted: 6 Mar 2013, 1:38:02 UTC
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The "for", is implied. But, will insert for clarity.

As to why they wouldn't vote -- perhaps, their priorities are
more reasonable to them. Of course, not everyone of us votes,
either -- different priorities, again, I guess.
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Message 1343344 - Posted: 6 Mar 2013, 1:46:28 UTC - in response to Message 1343341.

The "for", is implied. But, will insert for clarity.

As to why they wouldn't vote -- perhaps, their priorities are
more reasonable to them. Of course, not everyone of us votes,
either -- different priorities, again, I guess.

I figured that. Nothing like a little fun though. However, the elephants and donkeys might have more sense than we do - just go with the flow...
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