Top 10 Weirdest Political Parties


As if the real political world weren’t already weird and ridiculous enough, over the years a number of satirical and joke political parties have been formed all across the world. Whether it’s thanks to their bizarre policy plans, eccentric candidates, or hilarious media stunts, some of these groups have managed to make the headlines, even if they didn’t necessarily win elections. Here are some of the stranger political parties that may come asking for your vote.

10. The Rhinoceros Party of Canada


Canada has a long tradition of satirical political parties, and the Rhinoceros Party was probably the most famous of all. The party was started in 1963, and for nearly 30 years they consistently made headlines for their media stunts and bizarre campaign promises, which included a solemn vow “to keep none of our promises.” Other parts of the platform included repealing the law of gravity, annexing both the United States and Antarctica, and storing all the country’s nuclear waste on the floor of the senate, because “we’ve been storing political waste there for years.” Despite their tongue-in-cheek platform, The Rhinoceros Party was able to garner a surprising number of votes in most elections, finishing second in one Federal election where they nominated a professional clown, and stealing hundreds of votes in another when they ran a candidate with the exact same name as the frontrunner.

9. The  Guns and Dope Party


The Guns and Dope Party was started as a joke in 2003 by cult author Robert Anton Wilson in response to the high-profile California recall election that was eventually won by Arnold Schwarzenegger. The party was libertarian in philosophy, and worked around Wilson’s idea that if right wing gun lovers and left wing drug users could come together, they could form an unstoppable majority. With this in mind, the party’s unofficial slogan was “I’ll tolerate your hobbies if you’ll tolerate mine.” In addition to their pro-gun, pro-drug stance, the party also promised to replace one third of Congress with ostriches, and encouraged voters to write in their own name on the presidential ballot.

8. The Canadian Extreme Wrestling Party


The Canadian Extreme Wrestling Party was formed in Newfoundland in 1999 by a group of amateur and professional wrestlers. The party is known, among other things, for choosing its leader by staging an 11-man wrestling battle royale, where the last person standing was declared the winner. Despite their bizarre methods, the party’s platform was surprisingly serious, and addressed environmental and economic issues, as well as Canada’s involvement in NATO. In 2000, the Extreme Wrestling Party ran former WWF star Sailor King Moondog White for a seat in the Canadian parliament, but finished last out of the five candidates in the race.

7. The Miss Great Britain Party


Political campaigns are often jokingly referred to as beauty pageants, especially for the candidates of The Miss Great Britain Party, as nearly every single one of them is a veteran of the Miss Great Britain Beauty Contest. The party was started by the pageant chairman in 2008 with the slogan “to make Westminster sexy not sleazy,” and since then it has fielded candidates in several elections with little success. The party’s platform is a mix of serious and satirical policies that include a reworking of the British tax system, equal pay for women, and “A British Bank Holiday which encourages people to look fabulous for the day.”

6. The McGillicuddy Serious Party

The McGillicuddy Serious Party operated out of New Zealand for several years in the 80s and 90s, where they ran under the campaign slogan: “if you want to waste your vote, vote for us.” The party was known for its bizarre methods of choosing candidates, which at different points included hand-to-hand combat with swords made out of newspaper, a water balloon fight, and a giant game of musical chairs. Their policies were even stranger, and were usually proposed in response to the platforms of the major political parties. Some campaign promises included changing the voting age to include only those under the age of eighteen, mandatory homosexuality for one third of the population, using sand as legal tender, and, of course, a promise to break all their promises.

5. The Union of Conscientiously Work-Shy Elements


Unlike most of the political parties on this list, the Union of Conscientiously Work-Shy Elements, against all odds, actually managed to win an election. The party was started as a joke by Danish comedian Jacob Haugaard, who for years used it as a platform to run satirical political campaigns for a seat in Denmark’s parliament. Although the party’s policies included absurd promises like better weather, better Christmas presents, and the right to impotency, in 1994 Haugaard received more than twenty thousand votes and managed to win a seat in parliament. He served one four-year term before retiring, but while in parliament he did manage to make good on a few of his other campaign promises, like his pledge to increase the amount of bread for ducks in the local park.

4. The Official Monster Raving Loony Party


One of the most well-known and surprisingly successful fringe political parties in England, The Official Monster Raving Loony Party was established by musician and activist David Sutch in the early 80s. The OMRLP’s platform is always full of bizarre and satirical political promises, which have included adding the Loch Ness Monster to the endangered species list, banning the use of asterisks, and a pledge to see that Ozzy Osbourne receives a knighthood. Despite their intentionally frivolous platform, the OMRLP does have a number of serious policy plans, and quite a few of their original ideas, like lowering the voting age to 18, have since been signed into law. Over the years, the party has managed to win a number of seats in local government throughout the U.K., most notably in small town mayoral races, but they haven’t had much success since 2005.

3. The Surprise Party


The Surprise Party was a party created in 1940 when popular comedian Gracie Allen, the wife of George Burns, ran for President as part of an elaborate media stunt. Running under the slogans “it’s in the bag” and “down with common sense,” Allen even went so far as to go on a whistle-stop tour around the country by train, appearing on radio shows and giving joke policy speeches. She encouraged Americans to take pride in the massive national debt, joking “it’s the biggest in the world,” and used a live kangaroo named Laura as her official party symbol. Allen’s campaign came to a head when she was unexpectedly elected mayor of the town of Menominee, Michigan (though she didn’t accept), and in the actual Presidential election she is estimated to have received at least several hundred write-in votes.

2. The Polish Beer Lovers’ Party


The Polish Beer Lovers’ party is probably the most surprisingly successful of all the groups on this list, as they actually managed to win 16 seats in Poland’s parliament during a hotly contested election in 1991. Founded by satirist Janusz Rewi?sk, the party began as a joke campaign to fight alcoholism by promoting drinking beer instead of vodka. Because Poland was going through a great deal of change following the collapse of communism, political parties were not well established, and the Beer Lovers’ Party’s humorous platform and the slogan “it won’t be better but for sure it will be funnier” managed to gain them some public support. The Beer Lovers’ Party eventually split into the Little Beer and Big Beer parties, and later transformed into a legitimate political organization with a serious platform.

1. The Youth International Party


Also known as the Yippies, the Youth International Party was a famously radical political party that operated in the U.S. during the 60s and 70s. Started by counterculture activists Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, and Paul Krassner, the organization was known for its theatrical style and anti-authority views. The Yippies famously ran a pig for President in 1968, and engineered a number of media stunts, including an attempt to use psychic energy to levitate the Pentagon and an incident at Woodstock where Pete Townshend of The Who had to fight Hoffman off the stage with his guitar. Although they were originally formed as a political party, the group eventually became best known for these stunts as well as a number of now-infamous protests, including one at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago that ultimately led to a riot.

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  1. My favorite has always been Finland’s Donald Duck Party, a protest party that in the early 90s was theoretically the 9th largest in the country.

    It had my favorite platform of all time: “Free liquor and wider sidewalks”

  2. BTW, when ruuning for Mayor of my home town, my policies included: a) flooding the city to create “The Venice of the South Seas”; b) bulldozing all development outside the Central Business District, thereby forcing homeowners to build new houses on stilts in line with policy A; c) the construction of a Mayoral Palace in the City’s central park; and d) I promised to deliver better weather for the city. Amazingly, I only came second last!

  3. Used to be a proud card carrying member – and mayoral and parliamentary candidate of the McGillicuddy Serious Party – Thanks for adding us!

    As a New Zealand Citizen now living in the UK, I might just join the Monster Raving Loonies – at least they keep their election promises.

    Respect to all the other parties on here – most especially the Polish Beer Lovers and the Miss Great Britains 🙂

  4. The dutch elections are coming up, and we have some weird parties that claim to be legit. Although the Party For The Animals has already been in politics for 4 years now, thet dó have a tendency to bring up animals in weird context. This year we have added Party 17 (which was started by a TV program), The pirates Party which wants to do something about lgalizing internet piracy, We have had the Party For Parties, which was all about parties ofcourse. We almost had a Party For Man And All Other Earthly Lifeforms (they were to late signing in). And unfortunatelly we have the Party For Peace (with somewhat well-known Geert Wilders) which is al about peace except if you have some skincolour or were born outside of the Netherlands.

    How's that for serious politics? None found in the Netherlands.

  5. about polish:

    it isn`t 'beer lovers', polish name is 'Polska Partia Przyjaciol Piwa' whith mind 'Polish Party of Beer Friends'.

  6. Elliot D'Arcey on

    When I was in school there was a junior politics party called the 'There ain't no party like an S-club party' party.

  7. Pogla The Grate on

    Jello Biafra's party is a sad omission from this list. His platform of making all businessmen wear clown shoes, a city wide ban on cars and making people smile were sure fire winners…

    There was also a short-lived party in Australia known as the Party! Party! Party!, which ran in local government against such other great parties as the Tomato Party

    • I’m from BC, and I was so fed up with the Liberals, Greens, Conservatives and NDP that in 2001 I voted for our marijuana party.

  8. In Israel there is a party for holocaust survivors and the legalization of marijuana. That is one party.

      • Just a thought and by no way do I mean any offence, but if I were a holocaust survivor I would definetly want a fat joint now and then to help me forget some things I didn’t want to remember.

  9. Highest CD Rates on

    You have to respect the Beer Lovers' Party — stand up for what you believe in — that is awesome!

  10. David Sutch performed under the name, Screaming Lord Sutch. Sadly no longer with us, he was a national institution in Britain. Check his music out on You Tube.

  11. I'm in favor of the The Rhinoceros Party of Canada…there's many reasons, however the most important is the nuclear waste storage issue. I like this idea. Being from Nevada, I know we really don't want it and what better place to store it? Besides, what did we do to them?

    • The well known Professional Baseball pitcher Bill Lee (who is well known for his eccentricities) and played for the Boston Red Sox and the old Montreal Expos was a big supporter of the Rhinoceros party to which he still stands by

  12. Hey, I am a card carrying member of the guns and dope party! I just cant understand how we made it on this list.