The election is over but politicians are still hard at work making manifestos a reality, and we’re taking a look at the more unusual goals of parties that didn’t get in.
Getting the parties started
Nearly all the major parties we could have voted for in the latest General Election were concerned with those big, weighty issues, such as education, health and spending. We were delighted to help out on lots of events during this period, including debates and the actual main event itself, where we supplied 362 black plastic chairs and 142 modular tables to a large London borough.
Although there was much focus on the bigger parties there are many smaller ones across the UK that are working hard to change all kinds of things in Britain, some of them very niche! Here’s a roundup of manifestos that might have been in place if we had voted differently…
1. Know your options
Sometimes there’s no one option that we think suits us, this could be lists of movies on at the cinema, answers on quizzes, and even political parties. So when we’re not sure what we want, it’s nice to be able to have a ‘none of the above’ option… and there’s one organisation that’d love to make this a reality when it comes to elections.
The Above and Beyond Party is dedicated to one main policy and that’s too include a none-of-the-above box on ballot papers, which could appeal to the undecided and might just send a message to Westminster that there’s room for some new candidates!
2. That takes the beard!
Beards are all the rage lately, and not just cultivated by academics, students on a gap year, or older gents who simply like the look. If you’re a beard fan then you might be interested in a policy making up the manifesto of the Al-Zebabist Nation of OOOG. One of their goals is to reportedly offer tax breaks for beards, although you could be put off by its promise to get rid of coastal town Broadstairs.
3. All right crumpet?
Even before the election this party was making news because of its name, formerly called Beer, Baccy & Crumpet, the organisation was ordered to change its name as the last word was thought to be potentially offensive to women. They renamed themselves Beer, Baccy and Scratchings, and research shows that their name befits their policies, with aims including lower duty on beer and scrapping of the smoking ban.
4. Striking the right note?
Most of us love a good sing-song, it can turn a get together into a party and really adds to the atmosphere. There’s one campaigner who’d like to do even more with his voice, and that’s make some long-lasting political changes. The man behind the mike is folk singer Joe Stead who’s part of the World Peace Through Song party. Even if his performances don’t highlight the party’s manifesto - which includes banning fracking and getting railways nationalised - I’m sure the audience will enjoy the music at least.