A FORMER pub landlord is looking to shake up the 2015 General Election by establishing a political party ‘uninfluenced by beaurocrats and international corporate fat cats’.
Phil Mellanby, a Uttoxeter resident who ran the Cock Inn, in Beamhurst, has become ‘increasingly disturbed and dissilusioned’ at how the UK is being run.
He told the Post and Times he has developed empathy with those suffering hardships after battling through severe anorexia and bulimia.
And Mr Mellanby is now launching his own party, SerendiPARTY, which he claims will offer a viable alternative to the main political parties’ ‘corporate and blame game cultures’.
He said: “In my past, I came off the tracks in a big way. I suffered severe anorexia and bulimia, resulting in a conviction of shoplifting to feed my enslavement.
“I now have to live with the constant pain of shame of my actions and it is a heavy burden to carry.
“I am certainly not proud of my failings, but failure can be vindicated, provided we learn from our errors and improve and grow as a result.
“Neither can I justify my transgression. However, these circumstances have allowed me to understand and empathise with the pain and suffering of hardship - your pain and suffering.”
Mr Mellanby said he tried to influence politics by working with mainstream parties, but found them to be ‘too wrapped up in their struggle for power’.
He said: “It is disgusting and embarrassing that, in the 21st century, we have UK families who are facing poverty.
“We are a great nation and we all deserve better. It is time to change. We need new direction and inspiration.
“Einstein was spot on when he said ‘insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results’.
“We have suffered as a nation for far too long through successive governments bickering, procrastinating and spending precious energy and resources playing the ‘blame game’ for the enhancement of their own personal power and wealth.”
A full copy of Mr Mellanby’s proposed policies are available online at www.serendiparty.com.
He is looking for anyone interested in supporting his party to pledge their support on the website’s comments page.