“Lord Buckethead” and “Elmo” took votes away from the current Prime Minister of the UK pic.twitter.com/FEjvhKxIy4
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) June 9, 2017
The results for the snap UK general election are still coming in, but the general feeling is that Prime Minister Theresa May made a mistake by calling for the special vote back in April. Excitement is all around for many supporters of the Labour party, but that’s not the only pleasing sight to come out of this election. Look at the race for May’s seat in Maidenhead and the strange mix of candidates that ran against the PM and managed to strangle a few votes away. There’s a man in an Elmo costume, a representative for the Official Monster Raving Loony Party, and the return of Lord Buckethead, the bucket lord from hyperspace.
It is far from Buckethead’s first run for public office in Britain — and the odd candidates are nothing new for the political process in the UK. While the US features plenty of strange choices for president, most are not given media coverage in the same way that the UK gives time to every candidate. Lord Buckethead might be the most interesting to pop up according to The Telegraph, running on a very clear set of principles
It is not the first time Lord Buckethead has stood against the prime minister. In 1987 he secured 131 votes against Margaret Thatcher in Finchley and lost to John Major in 1992. It was not clear if it was the same Lord Buckethead, or a second generation of the dynasty.
His platform was sending a message to Mrs May, pointing out the madness of the electoral system – and bringing back Ceefax.
While May was never in danger of losing her seat, walking away with more than 60% of the vote, at least 200 people found it in their hearts to cast a vote for Lord Buckethead. It is truly a beautiful sight to see when they are all amassed on stage together:
And while it might seem like a joke, Lord Buckethead is very serious about his candidacy and why he was running for office. His manifesto is a sight to see and don’t even think about calling his head anything other than a bucket.
Elsewhere in the country, a man dressed as a fish stick ran against Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron and managed to steal the show:
This special election is sure to be a memorable one for the UK, for more reasons than one. Hopefully it isn’t the last time we’ll see Lord Buckethead, Mr. Fish Finger, and The Official Monster Raving Loony Party.