10 strange political parties
1. Polish party of beer lovers
Polish party of beer lovers was registered in 1990. Its representatives preferred to conduct political discussions in bars serving delicious beer. And although the Polish party of beer lovers at first, no one took seriously, its members, ultimately, launched a wide range of activities.
Nevertheless, representatives of the party continued to meet and discuss pressing problems in bars, as this was a manifestation of intellectual tolerance, freedom of expression and an indicator of a higher standard of living.
After a sudden surge in popularity, the Polish Party of Beer Lovers managed to get 16 seats in the lower house of the Polish parliament in the 1991 elections. The success of the party was largely due to its playful name; it helped to get votes from those who were disappointed in the Polish political system of the time.
In 1992, the party split into two factions: the Great Beer Party and the Small Beer Party.The big beer party soon changed its name, becoming the Polish economic program, and gradually lost its quaintness.
2. Pirate Party of Sweden
The Pirate Party of Sweden was founded in 2006. Initially, it was perceived as a harmless joke. Questions like “Who will vote for such a narrow platform?” Were raised mainly by those who had little idea about the direction of the party’s program.
However, to the surprise of many, the Pirate Party of Sweden received a sudden success, raising problems related to the Internet (copyright, confidentiality, and others). No party paid due attention to these issues.
In 2009, the Pirate Party of Sweden won one place in the elections to the European Parliament. However, after ratifying the Lisbon Treaty, the parties granted two seats in the European Parliament.
3. The official monstrous delusional party crazy
The official monstrously crazy crazy party was founded in 1983 by British musician David Satch (also known as Screaming Lord Satch). The slogan of the party is: “Vote for madness: You know, it makes sense.”
The official monstrous delusional party of the half-witted puts forward rather strange ideas, for example,"Turning the whole of Britain into an amusement park, creating eight million jobs." These absurd sentences are not a joke. Members of the Official Dreadful Party like to point out the absurdity of real life.
Nevertheless, some party proposals — such as the ability to vote at age 18 and the introduction of pet passports — were nevertheless realized. Some of the members of the Official Dreadful Party became mayors and deputies of municipalities.
4. Union faithfully shirking idlers from work
The Union of conscientiously working out idlers was founded in 1979 by Jacob Haugord, an actor, musician and comedian. Members of this party stated that everyone has the right to be lazy. They claimed that a person should sleep eight hours a day, rest eight hours and devote eight hours to his hobby.
The program of the Union in good faith shirking loafers from work was to legitimize the size of Christmas gifts and make shorter than the queue at the supermarket. Initially the party was quite popular. But again, anyone could become its participant simply by stating it.
In 1994, Jacob Haugord won a seat in parliament in the 1994 elections.He scored over 23 thousand votes.
5. Independent Royalist Party of Estonia
The independent royalist party of Estonia became famous for its humorous protest. In the first post-Soviet elections in 1992, the party won eight seats in parliament, despite the fact that it spent only one kroon on its campaign. The party consisted of three comedians who conducted various street actions, such as hunger strikes.
The main proposal put forward by the Independent Royalist Party of Estonia was the establishment of an absolute monarchy in Estonia. In 1994, the party wrote a letter to Prince Edward, in which she asked him to become king of Estonia.
In the 1995 elections, the royalists got only 0.8% of the vote. After a while they disappeared from the political scene. However, as shown by documents of some ministries of the Estonian government, the Independent Royalist Party influenced many political decisions taken in the country over the past 20 years.
6. Die Partei
"Die Partei" ("The Party") is a satirical political party founded in Germany in 2004. It is headed by Martin Sonneborn, co-publisher of the German satirical magazine "Titanic".
Die Partei is known for imitating the Nazi and East German Communist Parties. She has a youth wing “Hintergügend”, named after Secretary General Thomas Ginter. His official greeting is: “Hai, Ginter!”.
In 2014, the party "Die Partei" won one seat in the European Parliament. Initially, the party advocated the restoration of the Berlin Wall. Now its members want to cancel the transition from summer to winter.
Sonneborn also advocates the return of the law on the curvature of cucumbers, which stipulates what should be the length, elasticity, shape and color of the grown cucumbers. He wants to modify this law and apply it in relation to weapons.
7. Best party
The best party is the Icelandic political party, founded in 2009 by actor and comedian John Gnarr. It was created as a political satire against critics of previous politicians who provoked the economic crisis in Iceland.
In the local elections in Reykjavik in 2010, the Best Party won six of the fifteen seats in the city council, and Yor Gnarr became the mayor. However, the party needed a coalition partner.Strictly adhering to his principles, Gnarr excluded from the contenders any party, the members of which did not watch all the seasons of the popular American television show “The Wire”.
The best party consisted of eccentric members: musicians, rockers, and even one food blogger. It is therefore not surprising that group photographs of this unique batch often resembled album covers. For their campaign, the party has prepared a video in which Tina Turner sounded the song "The Best". In it, Gnarr poses with a polar bear and strokes a stone.
Gnarr’s campaign promises were rather strange. He said he would build Disneyland at a local airport, make free towels in public pools, and so on.
8. Coordinadora Reusenca Independent
Coordinadora Reusenca Independent (or Corey) is a Catalan political party, founded in 2003 in Reus and headed by Ariel Santamaría, who dresses as Elvis Presley at board meetings.
Corey participated in the 2003 and 2007 municipal elections. During the latter, the party won one seat in the city council of Reus. The philosophy of "Coordinadora Reusenca Independent" is called "Juantxism." According to Corey members, “Juantxi” is a person or action that is “grotesque or ridiculous.”
After the election, Corey made some strange suggestions.One of them was the construction of a “sexodrome” in the city with a bar, a disco and rooms for couples and orgies. Party members believed that the sex circle would help create new jobs, improve the state of the economy of Reus and attract tourists to the city, making it a major attraction.
The offer was rejected, in part because Corey was unable to provide the exact cost of building and maintaining a sexfill. Also members of the "Coordinadora Reusenca Independent" wanted to move the Sagrada Familia from Barcelona to Reus, arguing that the church was in danger because of the construction of an underground railway tunnel. This offer was also rejected.
9. "Partidul Liber-Schimbist"
"Partidul Liber-Schimbist" is the satirical political party of Rumuni, founded in 1990 by Octavian Andronicus. The term "liber-schimbist" was first used in the comedy "The Lost Letter", written by the Romanian playwright Ion Luca Karadjale.
In this work, one of the characters calls himself "liber-schimbist", which literally translates as "proponent of free trade." However, this term may also refer to a person who easily changes his views (depending on the situation).It turns out that the name of the Romanian political party "Partidul Liber-Schimbist" also has two meanings. It can be translated as “Free Exchange Party” or “Freely Changing Party”.
In 1991, she received one seat in the Chamber of Deputies, which was taken by Stefan Casimir. Perhaps that is why he is mistakenly considered the founder of "Partidul Liber-Schimbist".
In 1992, Stefan Casimir joined the Social Democratic Party, for which he was called an "honorary member" of "Partidul Liber-Schimbist". The party disappeared from the political arena in 1996 with the adoption of new laws in Romania. According to these innovations, each political party must have at least 10 thousand members.
10. Rapaille Partij
"Rapaille Partij" is a Dutch political party established in Amsterdam in 1921. Her goal was to prove that the political system was a joke. Nelis de Gelder, a poor street performer, better known as Had-jee-miaar, was elected the representative of "Rapaille Partij".
The party "Rapaille Partij" offered to make free hunting and fishing in Parkke Vondel, to reduce the price of brandy, bread and butter.
The founders of the party, who were predominantly anarchists and anti-capitalists, launched a well-organized, successful propaganda campaign using progressive posters and promotional materials.Had-jee-maar was elected to the city council of Amsterdam, but Parliament disqualified him for drunkenness. Shortly thereafter, the "Rapaille Partij" party was dissolved.