Tuesday, April 6, 1999 Published at 14:50 GMT 15:50 UK
Screaming Lord Sutch answers your questions
Screaming Lord Sutch answers questions sent by BBC News Online users.
Q. Given that you have (so as far I am aware) lost your deposit in the dozens of parliamentary by-elections which you have contested, how on earth can you afford to keep standing for election?
David McAlonan, London.
A. Doing rock 'n' roll shows with Screaming Lord Sutch and the Savages, around pubs, clubs, universities, colleges and open air festivals. The politics, which I'm maybe more well known for than the rock 'n' roll, started as my hobby and it's just built and built. It was just me doing it on my own in 1963, but now after all these years I've got branches from Cornwall and Devon to Scotland and all over the country.
I've lost a lot of money, yes, but I call it invested in a good hobby. It's something I like doing. At one stage I owed Barclays Bank £96,000 and they wanted to take all my houses off me. So they took two and that was it. I've enjoyed it, it's a good life. I've gone down in history. I'm in the Guinness Book of Records standing the most amount of times for election. I'm the longest standing party leader. When I started it was Macmillan and people don't even know who Macmillan was now.
Q. I would like to ask Lord Sutch what was his reaction to getting 4.2% of the vote in the Rotherham by-election in 1994. And what would happen if he actually saved a deposit?
A. I was overjoyed because that was a great achievement. I got so much that I nearly got slung out of the party. If I'd saved my deposit, we'd have had a great big party and if I'd actually won the seat, then we'd have had to have the election again. I'd have had to resign and start again.
Q. Dear Lord Sutch,
Having announced your plan to run for Mayor of London, do you think you are more likely to get Tony Blair's support than Ken Livingstone?
A. Yes, I'd like to stand for mayor. I'd like to use the old County Hall as my headquarters. I think it's a toss up between Ken Livingstone and myself. I think I would get Tony Blair's support, I think he would rather endorse me. I think I'm more Labour than Ken Livingstone, whatever that means.
Q. Dear Lord Sutch,
Some of us colonials down under are concerned about the future of the "old" country. Is its future in Europe?
A. It would be a good idea, but it would be more profitable if you joined America, because the dollars always riding higher than the pound and the mark. Quite frankly, I can't understand all these people who have emigrated from England and when they get over there they're all talking with Australian accents. They disappear, they lose all their identity, it's weird.
Q. What is your view on Europe?
A. We should keep the pound and the flag. So we should have one currency all over Europe and that should be the loony million pound note.
Q. Do you actually have any serious political views on anything, such as, the peace process in Ireland?
A. Well I've been over there. I was doing my gigs up and down the country, freezing in Aberdeen and Newcastle, and my agent phoned up and said, we've got you a gig in Hollywood. So we was all overjoyed and we got our sun-tan out and our glasses and shirts and everything and then we heard just as we were going, it was Hollywood, Northern Ireland.
It's a terrible situation because I've done north and south of Ireland and they're a great audience. So it's a pity it is all disrupted and disturbed and they can't get it together. But all these prime ministers who have failed over the years, I think it is the people themselves who are going to sort it out in the end.
Q. How would Lord Sutch obtain a solution to the current Balkan crisis?
A. It's a war of principle really, we're there but it's a terrible thing that anyone's got to die and that we've got to bomb anybody. It's a terrible thing we've got to live with, the people who are doing the bombing. So if words could have solved it, that would obviously been better. But the words run out in the end, don't they?
Q. Have you ever considered setting up a branch of your 'party' in Australia? You Poms still seem to think we're all colonials anyway.
A. No, but Dean Allen sounds like a good name, so if he likes to start the first Australian Monster Raving Loony Party, get in touch with us on the Internet.
Q. Dear Screaming Lord Sutch,
Is there something about Britain or the British that allows y'all to have something as fun as the Loony Party in your politics while over here in the colonies we have to suffer through a diet of Republicans and Democrats leavened only by the occasional neo-Nazi? I wish we didn't take ourselves so damn seriously over here.
Stewart R. King
A. The problem with America is you've got to have about £20m and then you're just a starter. I couldn't raise the £20m just to start me and then I'd be a nothing candidate, because they go up to the £100m and the £200m, so it's beyond me. Money is power in America. They had that multi-millionaire Perot in the States and he proved it. He lost about £200m and didn't bat an eyelid and said he do it again. So me with tuppence ha'penny, I've got no chance.
Q. Will you campaign to ban hunting wild mammals with dogs?
A. Well, I would like to get a lot foxes and get them to chase the dogs. Get about 2,000 foxes and set them on the dogs, that would be better, that would equal it out a bit. I'm not for all that you know, but I've got to say that because the dog I've got is a fantastic looking dog. The trouble is it looks like a fox and it pees on the carpet all the time.
Q. Have you considered extending your political influence into Europe by standing for the European Parliament?
A. Yes, that's coming up and we've got a guy called T C Owen who comes from Reading and he's going to be our European Parliament candidate and I hope to stand for the City of Westminster for the European Parliament.
Q. What do you think about legalising cannabis for sufferers of Multiple Sclerosis and similar diseases, in order to relieve pain?
A. I think that's up to the individual doctors. But I'm against excess of any drugs, because people cause car accidents on drugs just as well as drink.
Q. Dear Lord Sutch,
Hi; just wanted to say that waaaaaaaaay back I worked for Northern Lights and did the lights for a few of your concerts - you were a blast. Anyway, here is my vital political question: If you were to become Prime Minister, what would your policy be concerning the restoration of Ginger Jam to its rightful heritage as Ginger Marmalade as it was known before European bureaucrats demoted it?
A. I think you should be able to call it what you like.
Q. What's your policy for the Army? As a member of it I'm intrigued! If I could suggest scraping the forces in Germany and moving us all to the Caribbean as the weather is much nicer!
A. We've always got to have the army, as we get to these situations where people can drop bombs on us.
Q. Dear Lord Sutch,
Do you think that Bromley Council's plan to build a leisure complex the size of two football stadiums on the site of the old Crystal Palace is something that the Monster Raving Loonies would support - or is the idea too loony even for the MLP to consider?
Keep up the good work.
A. Crystal Palace was a great place and I've gone there many times and it's a pity we couldn't create some of that old feeling. At the moment, they're talking about knocking Wembley Stadium towers down and I think they should keep them, even if it's inside. The trouble is that we'll run out of everything and then we'll have to go to American and buy our Britishness back.
Q. Do you think that the European Working Time Directive should force Swiss clock makers to work overtime if there isn't enough time in the day for everyone else to get things done?
A. Yes, we should have a 10-hour clock. They're much fatter the hours then, so we've got more time per hour. Everything is going decimal, so that's out of date. And then we'd get that extra time in bed, which I'm all for.
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