A Perplexing Proliferation of Popular Political Parties

The football rumbles on. I tend to ignore most of it, but note that wales didn’t do quite as well as their hype suggested, and England, as usual, have made things a little more difficult for themselves. If Wales beat us by 4 goals when we play on Tuesday. It’s unlikely that Wales will beat us by 4 goals, but in football you never know . . .

Meanwhile, the Arab world seems to be getting a little fed up (though I base this on reading reports of reports) with being lectured on how to conduct themselves. Looks like I was very timely in my discussionย of such things.

I’m actually quite irritated this week, because I’ve been drawn into discussing sport and politics. There ahs been so much nonsense hanging round the subject I couldn’t stop myself saying something, despite the fact we already have too many people offering opinions. Just because I am irritated by something doesn’t men I have anything to offer. That’s why I tend to stay away from serious subjects. Bloggers should stick to subjects like baking, bicycling and bears and leave politics to the lesser writers.

Which brings us to American Politics. I hear that Kanye West is running for President. I know very little about him but won’t rule anything out after watching events of previous years. I have just been looking at the list of American political parties. I honestly thought you only had two, with the occasional egomaniac standing as a independent. I now find there are actually loads, but they never get on the news.

US Taxpayers Party, People Over Politics Party, Independent Conservative Democratic Party, Green Party, Independence Party, Veterans Party of America Party, American Independent Conservative Party, Conservative Party, Libertarian Party, Peace and Freedom Party, American Independent Party, American People’s Freedom Party, Concerned Citizens Party of Connecticut, Moderate Party, Independent American Party, Resource Party, New Alliance Party.

Forgive me if I say that I am put in mind of the People’s Front of Judea sketch.

However, if you look at a list of British parties we have 11 parties represented in the House of Commons with four in other UK legislatures and another 124 represented in local government, including Tunbridge Wells Alliance, Poole Local Group and Poole People Party. Could you make it up? Probably, but I didn’t need to, I just needed Wikipedia and an enquiring mind.

Anyway, if you’ll excuse me, I have noticed that there is room for People’s Poole Party, and I may be just the charismatic leader they are looking for . . .

The header picture is a metaphor, with pigs and snouts and troughs, though it does seem unfair to the pigs. The lower picture shows wasps. I like wasps and lured them to the table (in August 2015, which now seems a long time ago) by smearing jam on the table.


And in answer to the question I am sure is in your minds, yes, I could have worked People and Poole into the title, but it seemed a bit long.






15 thoughts on “A Perplexing Proliferation of Popular Political Parties

  1. Helen

    Now, I had no idea about most of the American political parties. Apart from media bias, my guess is their political system makes it difficult for smaller parties to get a foot in the door.

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      I would agree with that – it’s difficult to know about something if it isn’t reported. Considering the financial back-up you need I’m actually surprised at the fact we have as many major parties as we do too.

  2. tootlepedal

    I have sometimes thought of starting the Really Nice and Sensible Party as there seems to be a need for one. Unfortunately I would be barred from joining it on two counts.

  3. Laurie Graves

    There are a lot of parties here, but only two with any real power. Still, onward we go, and our November election turned out to be a historic one, which gives me hope for 2024.

  4. Lavinia Ross

    It is going to be a long two years over here until the next major election. ๐Ÿ™‚ Things get a bit crazier every year.

    I like wasps, too, though they are rough on the vineyard every year, feeding on grapes and other fruits around the farm. It is said wasps can recognize facial markings among their own.

      1. Lavinia Ross

        I followed a nest of paper wasps one year that had built a small nest in one of our bigger blueberry bushes during the summer. Alas, it was not in a place protected from rain, and the advent of autumn rains slowly destroyed it. It was sad to watch the ones left disappearing one by one. Eventually a good wind took it down. They used to let me get close while berry picking, and made no move to attack me.

      2. quercuscommunity Post author

        They generally leave you alone if you leave them alone. We had a nest in our shed once – fascinating to see it grow but the number of wasps made it rather tricky to use the garden so, regretfully, we removed it. I still look back and think I should have left it, but I was worried about the kids.

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      You might find that policy a difficult one to justify with a name like that. It’s a bit like my thoughts on forming a Pro-Procrastination Party. It went OK until the discussion on slogans.
      “What do we want?”
      “When do we want it?”
      “Er . . . maybe ten minutes . . .”


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