Make Politicians History

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Make Politicians History
Leader Ronnie Carroll
Founder Rainbow George Weiss
Ideology Anti-Parliamentarianism
Website
www.makepoliticianshistory.org (defunct)
www.rainbowrevolution.net (defunct)
Politics of the United Kingdom
Political parties
Elections

Make Politicians History was a minor United Kingdom political party that advocated the abolition of Parliament in favour of devolution to city-states and decision-making by referendum. Its leader was Ronnie Carroll. Since the 1980s, the group has stood under various descriptions, including Vote For Yourself, www.xat.org and Vote For Yourself Rainbow Dream Ticket.

Founding[edit]

The group originated in the 1980s as the Rainbow Alliance of several small groups, founded and led by Rainbow George Weiss, which Weiss says was after he was contacted by "an extraterrestrial soulmate called Sterling Silver".[1] It stood a variety of candidates, often on frivolous platforms. The first candidate was Weiss in the Enfield Southgate by-election, 1984; Michael Portillo won and Weiss polled 48 votes.[2] In the Hampstead and Highgate constituency at the 1992 UK general election, they stood three candidates.[3] Some minor celebrities such as Cynthia Payne,[4] Liza Duke and Malcolm Hardee stood for the group.[5]

Vote For Yourself[edit]

The renamed Vote For Yourself Dream Ticket party stood Weiss as its candidate in all four Belfast seats in the 2001 UK general election, pledging to rename Britain and Ireland as the "Emerald Rainbow Isles", to replace the currency with the "Wonder", made up of 100 "gasps",[2] to make utilities, healthcare and education free, and to cancel all debt.[6]

They then stood three candidates in the 2003 Northern Ireland Assembly election,[7] receiving a total of 124 votes.[8]

The party put up candidates in 22 constituencies in the 2005 UK general election, six in Northern Ireland, four in Cardiff and twelve in London.[9] Among the party's candidates was David Kerr, a former member of the National Front, a member of Ulster Third Way,[10] and editor of Ulster Nation,[11] and Lynda Gilby, a Belfast journalist.[12] They came last or second-last in every seat in which they stood.[citation needed] Weiss stood in 13 London seats, receiving a total of 1,289 votes.[13] In the Cardiff North constituency, candidate Catherine Taylor-Dawson, a singer-songwriter, received only one vote, thus setting a new record for the lowest vote for any parliamentary candidate under universal suffrage. The single vote was not cast by Taylor-Dawson, as she was not registered to vote in that constituency.[14]

The Vote For Yourself Rainbow Dream Ticket was renamed Make Politicians History on 26 September 2005, led by Ronnie Carroll.[15] The first action was to announce in January 2006 a referendum fronted by snooker player Alex Higgins, in which postcards were sent to all residents in Belfast calling for the city to be renamed "Best" and made self-governing.[16][17][18] The party wanted Ulster residents to make decisions issue by issue through an electronic voting system.[19] The party released a music CD, Lets Tick Together in May 2006.[20] Weiss stood in the four Belfast constituencies in the Northern Ireland Assembly elections in 2007,[21] receiving a sixth preference vote from Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams.[22] Ronnie Carroll stood in the Haltemprice and Howden by-election, 2008 and received 29 votes.[23] A "Brand Spanking New London Party" with Russell Brand as its candidate for Mayor of London was announced, but did not stand.[24]

Disbanding[edit]

"I have been so impressed with what I have heard and seen from your politicians on the news in the last week or two, I see no need for the party anymore."

Weiss in April 2009[22]

The party was disbanded in April 2009, reportedly due to Weiss being impressed at the progress of the Northern Ireland peace process after the Massereene Barracks shooting,[22] and it was deregistered on 8 June 2009.[25][26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Martin, Geoff (3 February 2006). "Out to lunch: Still searching for pot of gold at rainbow’s end". Ham & High. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Byrne, Matt (June 2001). "Over the Rainbow". Fortnight (Fortnight Publications Ltd.) 396: 8. 
  3. ^ United Kingdom Parliamentary Election results 1983-97: London Boroughs
  4. ^ Payne, British Parliamentary By Elections
  5. ^ "Obituaries: Malcolm Hardee", Guardian Unlimited, 4 February 2005
  6. ^ "Rainbow George's manifesto". BBC News. 5 June 2001. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  7. ^ "Vote For Yourself manifesto". BBC News. 20 November 2003. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  8. ^ "Vote 2003 Northern Ireland results". BBC News. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  9. ^ UK general election 2005: list of candidates
  10. ^ Hutton, Brian (3 May 2005). "Call for ex-NF man to pull out of poll". Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  11. ^ Ulster comment, Ulster Nation
  12. ^ "Party backs Belfast Olympics". BreakingNews (Ireland). 22 April 2005. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  13. ^ Rallings, Colin; Michael Thrasher (2007). British electoral facts, 1832-2006 (7 ed.). Ashgate Publication, Ltd. ISBN 0-7546-2712-8. 
  14. ^ "Singing candidate polls one vote", BBC News, 6 May 2005
  15. ^ Marre, Oliver (25 October 2005). "Benn finds the answer to all Iraq's problems - a spin doctor". The Independent. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  16. ^ "Interview with Alex Higgins". The Late Late Show (RTÉ One). 27 January 2006. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  17. ^ Chrisafis, Angelique (17 January 2006). "A Hurricane heads for Stormont". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  18. ^ Edgar, Gail (12 February 2006). "The Secret Madness of King George". People. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  19. ^ "A little light relief for Parliament buildings?". News Letter (Belfast). 22 March 2007. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  20. ^ "Rainbow George Makes Music To Make Politicians History". Press release. 16 May 2006. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  21. ^ "Political vision of wonder city". BBC News. 14 February 2007. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  22. ^ a b c "Make Politicians History - is history". Derry Journal. 1 April 2009. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  23. ^ "A record-breaking by-election?". BBC News. 11 July 2008. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  24. ^ "Brand for mayor". Chortle. 21 October 2007. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  25. ^ "List of Political Parties either renamed or deregistered since 2002". Electoral Commission. Retrieved 11 February 2010. 
  26. ^ "Spare a though for "Rainbow" George Weiss £500 demand from Electoral Commission". London Daily News. 27 May 2009. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 

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