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A light look at Politics Off the wall political candidates as a statement of public discontent

A light look at Politics ... 
Off the wall political candidates 
As a statement of public discontent

Have you ever felt that, despite the lies and promises of the campaign trail - the usual political parties are much the same in what they are actually likely to do - regardless of what they say, or the color of their political stripes?

Have you ever felt that none of the proposed candidates have actually shown that they were sufficiently interested to speak out and act to support the rights and needs of ordinary people; that they weren't trustworthy enough, nor of sufficient integrity that they warrant your vote?

If so, you are not alone.

Constructively, new political parties or candidates - with the rights and interests of ordinary people; and the moral backbone and integrity to be prepared to actually do what they say they will do - should come forward to fill these serious gaps in the democratic process.

But sometimes that doesn't happen; and the public registers its discontent in weirdly wonderful ways.

Here are a few examples:

Republic of Whangamomona (New Zealand)

The townfolk of the village of Whangamomona had had a gutsful of autocratic government decisions by the time local-government commissioner, Sir Brian Elwood declared that the eastern marshes of Taranaki were to become part of the Manawatu. 
1 Nov 1989, the rebellion commenced - and the Republic of Whangamomona was declared. 
As of 2001, Whangamomona was recorded by Stats NZ to have an official population of 174. However, apparently the population swells to the 1000s on "Republic Day" which occurs some day in January, every second year. On that day, for a specified fee (most recently in the order of $5 NZ), visitors can buy a passport and become citizens of the Republic for the day. This entitles them to vote. One vote per passport. You can buy as many passports as you like. Vote counting is not scrutinized.
According to Wikipedia some of the "Presidents" of the Republic have included: 
Ian Kjestrup (1989–1999) 
After being put on the ballot without his knowledge, he became the first elected President. He served 10 years 
Billy Gumboot the Goat (1999–2001)  
First elected animal. He won election by eating the other challengers ballots. He died in office after serving for 18 months. 
Tai the Poodle (2003–2004) 
Tai retired after an assassination attempt left him a nervous wreck. 
Murt "Murtle the Turtle" Kennard (2005–present) 
The local garage owner fought off strong competition from former president Kjestrup and a cross-dresser called "Miriam" to become the 4th President. He was re-elected in 2009 by one vote.

The McGillicuddy Serious Party (McGSP) New Zealand
This party stood candidates in the 1984, 1987, 1990, 1993, 1996 and 1999 General Elections; and the 1986, 1989, 1992, 1995, 1998 Local Body elections. 
At one point the Party selected its electoral candidates through trial by combat, with newspaper swords and water-balloons, the loser of the combat becoming the candidate. In 1996 a giant game of musical chairs took place in Cathedral Square, Christchurch to select the Canterbury regional electorate candidates. Whoever remained sitting on one of the labelled chairs when the music stopped became the candidate for that seat. Potential candidates for proportional representation (list) seats vied Cinderella-style by trying to fit into labelled shoes. 
The McGillicuddy Serious Party selected its policies on the basis of their absurdity and their impracticality. You can find some of their policies here:
The McGSP gained its highest ever number of votes in New Zealand's last first-past-the-post (FPP) election in 1993, when it stood candidates in 62 out of 99 electorates and received 11,714 votes, or 0.61% of all votes cast. 
The Union of Conscientiously Work-Shy Elements (DanishSammenslutning af Bevidst Arbejdssky Elementer) Denmark
This was an unusually successful frivolous political party in Denmark. It was
founded in Aarhus in 1979 by a comedianJacob Haugaard (born 1952), and a few friends. Haugaard stood as a candidate in Aarhus in each parliamentary election, until in September 1994 he was very unexpectedly elected to the Folketing with 23,253 personal votes, thereby winning a "kredsmandat" (1 locally based seat in parliament). In political tradition he made a number of wild promises in the 1994 election - the last 3 of which came to pass.
The Best Party (Icelandic: Besti flokkurinn) Iceland 
This is an Icelandic political party founded by actor and comedian - Jón Gnarr on 16 November 2009. The party ran in the 2010 city council election in Reykjavík and won a plurality on the Reykjavík City Council, receiving 34.7% of the vote, defeating the Independence Party which received 33.6%.  
The platform included such promises as: "Stop corruption: We promise to stop corruption. We'll accomplish this by participating in it openly."
The party's initial success is seen as a backlash against establishment parties in the wake of Iceland's 2008-2011 financial crisis.  
However, since its electoral success in Reykjavík in 2010 the Best Party has become much more serious and has shown a genuine interest in governing. It has taken a left-wing stance on many issues. Although Jón identifies himself as an anarchist, the party as a whole is closer to the centre-left.
The Pirate Party Iceland
The Pirate Party Iceland was founded by current parliamentarian - Birgitta Jónsdóttir.  
The Pirate Party Iceland is not a frivolous party; but it's political platform reflects a stand that is different from the "same old" of the traditional Icelandic political parties. The party, when just a few months old, took 5.1 percent of the vote in the April 2013 election, gaining three of the 63 seats in Iceland's parliament, the Althingi. 
Pirate Parties are a new international phenomena. They support civil rightsdirect democracy and participation, reform of copyright and patent law, free sharing of knowledge (open content), information privacytransparencyfreedom of information, free education and universal health care. They advocate network neutrality; and universal, unrestricted access to the Internet as indispensable conditions to some of this. The new WikiLeaks party in Australia, while not a Pirate Party appears to be somewhat similar in regard to a number of these principles.
Although the recent success of the Pirate Party in Iceland is being attributed by some as a reaction to Iceland's traditional parties - others feel that the success of such parties reflects a rising tide of public dissatisfaction - and a desire by the people for open democratic government that reflects and respects the rights and needs of ordinary people. 
The Pirate Party Iceland is one of a number of Pirate Parties active internationally. The first Pirate Party formed in Sweden in 2006. In 2009 the original Pirate Party Sweden  won 7.1% of the vote in Sweden's European Parliament elections and won two of Sweden's twenty MEP seats. 
In September 2011 in the Berlin state elections The Pirate Party Germany won 8.9% of the vote and its first ever seats in a state parliament anywhere in the world. They have gained representation in several German state parliaments elected in 2012 (North Rhine-WestphaliaSaarlandSchleswig-Holstein), typically at around 8% of the valid votes.
Like "Green" parties, "Pirate" parties might be minority parties at present - but in an era of great dissatisfaction with incumbent, secretive, autocratic governments - it is quite possible that these and similar minority voices will not necessarily be in the minority in the future. 

Here are other examples of election results from Listverse that inspired this post - most of which appear to be a consequence of the public registering their dissatisfaction with traditional party fare.


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Lies disguised as truth D40
Puppet D40

Some politicians and bureaucrats think the general public are dumb. They want to keep us that way by controlling what information we are given. 

The information we are provided may be "truthiness" (which is not the truth, and involves all manner of deception), not truth. Lies and deception are often used to put a positive spin on matters  we would not agree to, or would disgust us if we knew the truth. Secrecy is another tool of "impression management" to cover up wrong-doing, shameful or corrupt acts.

Freedom of information is a cornerstone of democracy and justice. Without it, the risk of a decline into an authoritarian form of government is virtually inevitable.

Are we "sheep-les" or mere puppets who can be led to believe and do whatever our masters say; or are we thinking people who want to be truthfully informed? 

Are we willing to speak up and insist on the truth? Are we prepared to take action to guard our democratic rights and our rights to justice and fair treatment?

Thinking Tiger D40

The people generally trust their government, law-makers and the publicly funded bureaucrats who are responsible for representing their interests. But the "people" are being deceived in many instances. We feel this is wrong.  The "people" - ordinary folk like you and me have great power in democratic countries. We can and should do something about this.

Lies, deception, cover-ups and corrupt practices must be "out"-ed if they are to end. This is necessary for democracy and justice to survive.

Tiger sleeping D40

The "people" are like a sleeping tiger.

Tiger jumping D40

If you pull the tail of the tiger; it is to be expected that the tiger will wake up, take notice of it's tormenters and give chase.

In the interests of democracy, justice, world peace and a stable economy for ordinary people - the tiger must run wrong-doers to the ground.

Tiger running wrong do-ers to ground D40

Separator D40
Original 3 Monkeys D40
Original 3 Monkeys

All that is required for evil to take hold and grow is to: close your eyes, block your ears, shut your mouth - and do nothing.

If we do nothing - then nothing will improve.
Spreading the Word D40

Spread the Word!
One person can achieve little or nothing. 
Many can move mountains.

3 Freedom Monkeys D40
3 Freedom of Information Monkeys

Thank you from
3 Monkeys & me

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