Monday 29 October 2012

Is Brazil nuts?

Brazil has one of the most robust and stable democracies in South America.  However, it seems that there are few if any controls on what candidates may call themselves on ballot papers. Not to be outdone the girls and boys with common or nondescript names are choosing alternatives that have a bit more cachet. 

So as the winter period exits the southern part of the world and Brazil enters its electioneering season. Amongst those running for office include one called "John F Kennedy Abreu Sousa" there is also a "Jimmi Carter Santarem Barroso" as well as "Ladi Gaga."

But it does not stop there, "Christ of Jerusalem" is making a second coming and standing.  As well as a "Macgyver." There are no less than five "Batmans" a paltry two "James Bonds." However in first place in the name change for election popularity league table are:- Sixteen people whose election name also contains "Obama." City council candidate Geraldo Custodio said "It's a form of marketing strategy" Geraldo now apparently rates his chances to be much better as he has changed his name to  "Geraldo Wolverine." 

This is proves however, that there is nothing new in the world of politics. Do you remember "Screaming Lord Sutch, 3rd Earl of Harrow." He was the founder of the wonderfully named Official Monster Raving Loony Party and served as its leader from 1983 to 1999. During which time he stood in numerous parliamentary elections. My one abiding memory of Screaming Lord Sutch was when he asked the question as to why we have only one Monopolies Commission. 

2010 election Manic-festo:

European Union: It is proposed that the European Union end its discrimination by creating a “Court of Human Lefts” because their present policy is one -sided.

Education: We will increase the number of Women teachers throughout the education System as we are strong believers of Female Intuition.

Sport: We will ban all forms of Greyhound racing. This will help stop the country going to the dogs.

War on terror: As we have not found any taliban terrorists in Derbyshire. Our Soldiers can all come home now.

The OMRLP is a registered political party in the UK. 

Here is the OMRLP thoughts on election of Police Commissioners: You will shortly be asked to vote for your local Police commissionerThe stringent rules regarding standing as a Police commissioner probably omit 50% of the population before the start, and then there is the £5000 deposit required which will eliminate the another 45% (Another case of democracy if you can afford it) or they can be funded by funded by local Political associations. (This will guarantee impartiality I’m sure) 
Another OMRLP propsal is: We will instruct the RSPCA to ensure that all meerkats come in twos to enable the public to effectively compare the meerkat.
Another OMRLP proposal is: Instead of wasting money on flood defences, why not look at this as an opportunity to do a bit of lateral thinking and build a marina where the super-rich can moor their yachts?

But I digress....

A similar concept to the OMRLP appeared in the "Election Night Special" sketch on Monty Python's Flying Circus, in which the Silly, Sensible, and Slightly Silly parties competed against each other. With one independent Very Silly spoiler candidate. 


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