UTTOXETER will be going monster raving loony this weekend as the one of the country’s most colourful political parties holds its annual conference.
For the first time, Uttoxeter will host The Monster Raving Loony Party’s conference this Friday to Sunday.
The Advertiser spoke to the party’s leader and co-founder Alan ‘Howling Laud’ Hope ahead of the conference at the White Hart Hotel, in Carter Street, and he said Uttoxeter seemed to be excited about the party’s imminent arrival.
He said: “The town is alive with it — there is an air of expectancy or non-expectancy in the town about what to expect.
“We shall be looking at what is going on in politics today such as the Nick Clegg situation.
“I think the Lib Dems could have their own TV series — Cleggy and the Blast of the Dumber Whine! “During the conference we shall be making our policies for the year. There will also be the cabinet reshuffle when we all get in to a bedroom cabinet and shuffle around before coming out with new roles in the party.
“The only time we ever had a split in our cabinet was when the door fell off!” The Monster Raving Loony Party is famed for its rather unusual political manifesto.
Recent inclusions include making it illegal for superheroes to use their powers for evil but there is a more serious side to the party, Hope said.
“We were the first party to suggest a passport for pets 28 years ago and people thought we were loony then but now the government has it for horses, cows etc whose loony now?,” he said.
“We are also quite proud of the fact that we took a stance against the 11 plus exams as we felt it was too young for an exam that could potentially affect the rest of your life and that has now been changed to 13.
“We might not get things through Parliament but they take notice of us.” Many of the main political parties will argue that a vote for the Monster Raving Lonny Party is a wasted vote but Hope disagrees.
“The only wasted vote is one that is not used at all,” he said. “We are the party that just like many people in this country — are old enough to have seen it all, heard it all and still don’t believe it all.
“I was a town councillor for 13 years in Devon and as recently as 1998 to 2000 I was the town mayor, chairman of the council and lord of the borough.
“The reason I kept getting re-elected was the fact I was seeing the job was being done without any pussy-footing about — that was on a small scale but we could do it on a larger scale in the Houses of Parliament.” The conference also features entertainment and live music including Uttoxeter’s own Shamus O’Blivion and the Megadeath Morrismen and the Big Fibbers.