The Monster Raving Loony Party—Britain’s notorious joke party—beat the famous pro-Brexit UKIP in yesterday’s by-election, in a swing which saw the pro-Remain parties cut Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s majority in parliament to just one.
The Monster Raving Loony Party’s candidate, named Lily the Pink—whose policies included making Germany pay for all outbreaks of German measles in Britain, making all MPS remove their trousers “which will be sewn together and inflated to plug the hole in the ozone layer”—came fifth in the by-election with 334 votes, ahead of UKIP’s 242 votes.
The result might have greater value than just being amusing: In 1990, the Loony Party founder David “Screaming Lord” Sutch beat the Social Democratic Party candidate at a by-election in Liverpool, and the leftist party—which had broken away from Labour—dissolved soon afterwards.
UKIP has been in serious trouble ever since the last European Parliamentary elections, where it used to dominate. After losing its leader, Nigel Farage, the pro-Brexit party has been in a steep decline, and yesterday’s result might finish it off.
The by-election was also a setback for the “leave” parties in Britain, with the Conservative Party’s candidate dropping from 20,081 votes in 2015 to just 12,401.
The Brexit Party, set up by former UKIP leader Nigel Farage, came in third with 3,331 votes, while the Labour Party came in a poor third with 1,680 votes.
The by-election is widely seen as a rejection of “leave EU” policies being pursued by the current UK government. The winning Liberal Democrats campaigned heavily on the demand for a second referendum on leaving the EU, and saw a 12 percent swing in its favor.