Greetings to you all from the Isles of Deliberation as the festive season approaches. I hope this finds everyone in fine fettle and ready to tackle the agonies of having to enjoy oneself by partaking of copious quantities of liquid refreshment and filling ones stomach with all sorts of fattening nourishment. I know – we’ve all got to play our part!!!
Unfortunately, this past conference fell on the dates that I was away leading an expedition across the “Levka Ori” – The White Mountains that run from North to South across the island of Crete. I do this in honour of all the brave servicemen who had to escape from the German forces during 1941. My father was one of them and out of his unit of 417 men only 14 escaped from Crete alive. Everyone I have taken across always says how they now appreciate the terrible hardships that those men had to endure. There are no trees, bushes, rivers or streams up there and you have to know how to find water and to survive such a harsh environment. This year the temperatures were above 40 degrees !!! The expeditions always end with a visit to the Allied War Cemetery at Souda Bay where some of my dad’s men rest in peace.
As an aside – The Official Monster Raving loony Party flag has flown from the highest peak there – over 8,000 feet. Bloody good it looked too.
Three weeks after getting home I was struck with a virus which just about saw me off – put me in a bed for 5 weeks – and unfortunately the quacks can still not diagnose what is the matter with me. Personally, I think it is just me becoming a geriatric loony – but the determination is as strong as it ever was so I am looking very forward to being with you in Belper next year. I may have to borrow Lord Sutch’s spare coffin but -I SHALL BE BACK!!
I am sure you will all join me in wishing our Leader the best of health himself now that he is all wired up with the latest machinery – Howl on Laud !!
Many congratulations to all those members who stood during the elections in all parts of the Realm during 2016 – you certainly did the PARTY PROUD. Plus returned deposits – whatever next? My thanks also to The Stalwart Manchester Branch who sent me a Christmas Card -it’s on my desk now.
So, may I wish you all a great loony Christmas and an even loonier New Year. Have a cracking time and we shall meet next september.
with fond wishes – and memories
The Jersey Flyer – Chairman.
LOONY ALERT IN NOTTINGHAMSHIRE
Did you know that the original bandit county of Nottinghamshire now has a branch? And not just the type of branch you find in Sherwood Forest.
Relatively new members Frankie Vacuum (the Helmeted Bard) and his trusty sidekick Colonel Col Soup have sent out a call to arms (and legs) for all Loony members to get in touch. We already have the stamp of approval of our glorious Leader the Howling Laud himself and the backing of infamous legend Mr Badaxe!
If you want to get involved then check out our branch Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/omrlpnotts/
Or contact the Helmeted Bard directly on firstname.lastname@example.org
Be part of the latest band of merry men and get involved!!
Well here it is again Christmas 2017, and what another very interesting year, for us who know how to enjoy another year that is. I started off January in my usual fashion with my “Royal Loony Tour of Malta” always made to feel very welcome out there, they seem to think the world of us, well the ex-pats do, and there is thousands of them, not to sure whether the actual Maltese born and bred understand, or even if they want to. A staunch Labour/Catholic Island, all the same, good fun!
February, saw us up in Stoke-on-Trent for the By-election, of which our candidate The Incredible ‘Nick the Flying Brick’ came through with astounding success, having once again failed to win us a seat Parliament. Incredible show Nick.
I put my papers in for my local District Election at the same time and funnily enough came up with the same result as Nick, how strange!
I do like to remind all though that even so, I still retain my seat on my local Town Council of Fleet Hampshire, being Chairman of Highways and Transport and Vice Chair of Planning. So don’t give up, there is and always will be ‘Hope’!
May, saw me off on another Loony Tour, out to visit our Loony Contingent on the Canary Islands. Stayed with our Canary Party Chairman Ri-Dick-ulous Knowles out in Lanzarote. Once again great fun and looking forward to next time. Which in fact wont be long now, January 3rd 2018 to be precise.
June, was once again the Highlight of the year, a General Election, a snap one, never done one of those before, but don’t believe all those superfluous adjectives, it was no different to all the others. I stood in Maidenhead, so Theresa May decided to put up against me, she only just won. Much to her dis-May, the only one who did snap, was her for calling it in the first place ! Well done all you other party members who also rode along with us on the in Political Fun Fair. (More detail of election results are elsewhere on this Loony Party web site.
June, saw me in Ashburton in Devon once more for the annual Carnival, staying in our spiritual home ‘The Golden Lion’ although not a hotel anymore. And again in September, with Rex Barker, Rex is ghost writing my autobiography would you believe. He was amazed at all the Ashburton peoples memories of the Loony Party days in Devon. Enough about that or you wont buy the book. If you want to be in it send me some of your memories for inclusion, if poss ! !
Golden Lion stay, compliments of Annabelle and Martin Dytham, the new owners. Thank you very much!
Then of course our ‘Wonderful Conference’ once again in ‘Blackpool’ for third year running, all was fine, all went well. Thank you to Jo Jacklin for arranging the venue, and Shaun the landlord of Malloys for putting the show on. The acts were of the highest standard, none more so than Vince Ripper and his Rodent show, who were top of the bill. Joe Jammer was our guest of honour, he certainly had the place arocking. Along with the Electric Boogie Band, Badaxe, and the Drop out Wives.
Must also say thank you once more to Simon, Rhona and Bruno for helping to arrange accommodation.
For three years now we’ve in Blackpool, some are saying, can we have a move next year. Nothing wrong with Blackpool, we shall be back. Our next conference of September 2018 is in Belper, Derbyshire. It was good to hear the people of Blackpool saying “no matter where you are, we shall be there”, and all the remarks on Facebook, “first time I’ve been, you wont keep me away in future” absolutely wonderful.
September 27-28-29th 2018
Watch out for more info and updates!!!!!
Before signing off I’d like to mention that our membership is growing daily, much to the stirling efforts of our Membership Secretary‘ The Indelible’ Baron Von Thunderclap. Well done Baron.
Another note myself and the ‘Incredible Flying Brick’ were expecting a flood of by-elections throughout the year, with all the sleaze that’s been thrown around. No such luck, you can bet yourself they are looking after each others seats. You can take that which ever way you like!!!
Oh yes, nearly forgot, I’ve just been fitted with a pace maker. I can now take big strides to no 10, Ho Ho Ho!!
Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year
See you all in 2018
The Illustrious Howling ‘Laud’ Hope
Monster Raving Loony Party Leader
Sunday 19th of November meet up at St Wilfred’s church Northenden at 10.30am.
The team are tidying the village up, picking up litter. Gloves, equipment will be provided. They will do a couple of hours and then everyone will be flown in Airforce One to the White House for tea, coffee and cakes. If the plane is delayed an alternative will be provided in the church rooms on Ford Lane, Northenden.
A big, happy birthday to our spiritual leader, and founder:
Screaming Lord Sutch
(10 November 1940 – 16 June 1999)
I think the Major of London is wonderful. He has brought in a new “T Charge” that will for £10.00 remove all toxicity from my car, whilst driving in London. Unfortunately once I go outside the London “T Charge” area my car will once again spew out toxic fumes..
and there’s more… If you have a car that’s toxic and your rich, on business or use a firm’s car , this expense can be claimed on your tax as a business expense. So in one stroke The major of London has deterred all those scumbag lowlife poor people who pay their own expenses and saved up to buy a (Government) recommended diesel or cheaper car, from entering the exclusive clean air of Central London. This will no doubt be rolled out across the country when other authorities realise they can add to their depleted coffers using this scam.
On a seerius point…. I think everyone applauds genuine efforts to clean up our air, but please don’t use dodgy air or too many vehicles to justify what is blatantly another tax on Vehicle Drivers.
Please note the opinions above are not necessarily loony party policy and should be taken with a pinch of salt (twice daily)
Our 33rd Loony Party Conference was once again held in Blackpool, and as usual everything went swimmingly. I had been there for 10 days just to iron out any mishaps, there was just one small glitch, but soon sorted. People started arriving on the Wednesday, very enthusiastically looking forward to the shenanigans that lay ahead. Thursday saw quite a few more arrive, we had a meet and greet in Molloy’s the venue for the conference this year. The landlord and staff didn’t know quite what to expect, but we soon won them over. All day Friday more and more arriving to the extent that we were wondering if the venue would be big enough, it was, we managed.
The evening started with a ‘Rip Roaring Rock’n’Roll’ spot from ‘Joe Stummer’ very ably backed by ‘The Electric Boogie Club’. Joe comes from Chicago, South Side he always adds. Then Ray Williams took over with his band and made the night his own, as always, excellent music, everybody dancing and being Loonily happy.
As you well know the Saturday doesn’t start til 12 noon, one of the highlights of the weekend is the open top bus tour. No we don’t ride Blackpool Donkeys, we ride open top Blackpool buses. All aboard the Skylark, no all aboard the Wetherspoon Express more like. We toured some of the finest ‘spoons’ in the country. The Thomas Drummond in Fleetwood, The Jolly Tars in Cleverlys. The Wetherspoon photographer caught up with us here, so look out for your picture in the Winter issue of their magazine. The Layton Rakes in Blackpool was next, all good fun and jolly good company. The B.U.M.S did their usual Morris Dance here and a special conference policy was made. Morris Dancing to become an Olympic sport. Because of the weather and road hold ups we didn’t make The Albert and Lion or the Velvet Coaster this year on the bus, although we did visit them on foot.
After this of course it’s the turn of our ‘World Famous Cabinet Reshuffle’ I counted 72 shufflers, all quietly shuffling in and out in their own way, except Northenden Bob from Manchester, he caused a great split in the cabinet, to which we made him lay in it, and then sat on the lid.
Next on the agenda is the Leaders Speech, all gathered in the conference room, the leader gave a tremendous speech much to the crowds approval with no hiccups, coughs or spluttering.
He told of things that had gone on during the year and congratulated very profusely all those that stood in the General Election. He also told the story of the party getting their deposit back for the very first time ever. When Johnny Disco arrived on Friday he was sacked on the spot, for it was he that had caused this heinous crime. He paid his deposit to stand in the By Election at Manchester Gorton which was in April, but when the snap general was called it was cancelled and incorporated into the General. So all candidates got their deposit back, only a technicality we know, but it was the first time ever. We made him grovel, we made him say sorry, and he was immediately allowed back in with a standing ovation. Everybody left with a smile on their face. “Prepare for Government in the year 2525, if man is still alive” was the battle cry.
A quiet hour or so then it all starts again, more people arriving, some we hadn’t seen for along time, lots of newer faces, lots of people out to have a good time. We started of with a local Indie/Metal/Punk style band ‘The Drop out Wives Club’ very good, unusual, but well appreciated, had quite a few followers with them who had dressed for the occasion. Followed by the ‘Stars’ Vince Ripper and the Rodent Show—Wow and Wow again, just what a Loony Party is all about, absolutely fantastic.
The evening was rounded off with our old friend and party member Mr Badaxe, in fact Badaxe Badaxe, so good we named him twice. He always finishes his act with a present for everyone, a tin of mushy peas.
So there we are all over again for another year, like to thank Sean and all the staff at Molloys and a special thankyou to the lovely Jo Jacklin. Tony Davies for his very professional bus driving, Simon and Rhona of The New Guilderoy Hotel. Vince Cornwall for all his help. The local Blackpool Gazette for their marvellous coverage, a whole page again, Dan their photographer. Eddie Gershon of Wetherspoon for showing a keen interest. Also we were very privileged to have ‘Getty Images’ the world famous photo agency come along and spend a couple of hours with us. Watch out, for these pictures can appear in all sorts of magazines. If any of you come across any, let us all know ! !
Go Forth and Stay Loony
Howling ‘Laud’ Hope
The 2017 Conference has just come to a close in Blackpool. This year it was held at Molloys in the town rather than Uncle Tom,s.
And a great time was had by all..The venue, slightly smaller than last year, was better suited to what we do. Although we had more people turn up than usual. Big thanks to all.
The Bands were once again brilliant, with surprise guest Joe Jammer doing an impromptu appearance.(Many Thanks Joe). The Boogie Woogie band on Fri playing a brilliant set, with Joe Jammer, Alan Hope and Chinners all doing some appearances.. A Big thankyou to all…..
Sat–the Bus Tour around Blackpool was well attended and the people of Blackpool reacted favourably, followed by our annual Cabinet Reshuffle….
Alan gave his usual stirring speech with appropriate praise for our election successes in 2017 (and there were many).
We headlined with The “amazing” Vince Ripper and the Rodent Show, and finishing off with Badaxe, who excelled himself (but he’s ok now) and got two ovations. (yes its true, and quite right too…)
Loads of people who don’t normally come to the Conference where there and Baron who was running the merchandise stall, has signed up many new members..(Big thanks to Baron for all his hard work.
Altogether a great success, and we look forward to next years conference….several places have already been mentioned.
pictures to come….
Note next years Conference dates are Thurs 27th Sept -Sat 29th Sept..Venue to be arranged but book those dates in your diary now…