Thursday, June 17, 1999 Published at 22:59 GMT 23:59 UK
Your tributes to Lord Sutch
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British politics will be the greyer for the loss of David Sutch. I fought
the Ribble Valley by-election in 1991 and Lord Sutch entered the race.
I met Dave Sutch on many occasions and got to know him quite well as a fan. I well remember one night he played a gig in a pub in North London close to where I was sharing a flat with a friend, and at the end of the night discovered we had no way of getting home other than walking the two miles.
I met Lord Sutch a couple of times - at a By-election at which I was helping
another party (not an officially loony one) and at a charity event in Covent
The nation has lost a uniquely British institution, a man who proved that democracy still exists in this green and pleasant land, it is a sad day for us all.
A great man, highlighting the pomposity of politicians.
The world is diminished. Our politicians need someone like him to
keep them honest.
Just very sad news. He was a nice man, I met him once. Completely from another planet, and I am sure that is how he would like to be remembered!!!
I am proud to say that I did get to vote Monster Raving Loony on a few occasions, not as many as I would have liked though.
Good British nutter!!!!
I never got the chance to vote Monster Raving Loony in an election - part of me always wanted to live somewhere during a by-election just to get that chance.
Surely now, though, this settles the question of what should go on the empty plinth in Tarafalgar Square: a statue of Brtain's greatest ever Lord would really confuse all the tourists.
Years ago, in the wilds of West Virginia, I first read about Screaming Lord Sutch and his (Official) Monster Raving Loony Party. I was amused and intrigued - and remain so today.
His Lordship piqued my interest in politics in general and the British parliamentary system in particular.
Lord Sutch was admired around the globe wherever women and men believe in democracy - even when it most disappoints them. Thanks to people like him, filled with life, humour and hope, that dream will never die.
He was truly one of nature's noblemen.
Now, as with the wake of any political giant, the natural question is-who will succeed Britain's longest-serving party leader as the new chief of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party?
I was very sad to come into work this morning and see, via the internet, that Screaming Lord Sutch is dead. I loved the man for much of his music, his humour and his thorn in the side political adventures. The Screaming one was truly a man among men.
If only more lords were like Lord Sutch, Great Britain would be a finer place.
Lord Sutch will be fondly remembered by one and all, I am sure. I had the privilege of performing with him at the pre-election victory party at a Winchester by-election and a thoroughly gorgeous human being he was. Fun-loving, quick-witted, warm, caring and a true rock 'n' roll star. Rock on, David.
It has been a pleasure and an honour to vote for the only truly honest political leader in British politics. It's a great shame he never got his name on Peter Snow's swingometer.
Few people could feel so deeply banality of the world and defy it in the
"proper official way". Now their number has significantly reduced.
To run a race to let someone else win is the kindest thing someone can do. He always made sure of that.
Mad as a hatter! God, we'll miss him. Who's next for the mantle?
Long live Rock & Roll!
A sad loss.
To us, as the future generation of voters to believe that politics doesn't have to be stuffed shirts and stiff upper lips, when I was younger I always said I would vote monster raving loony party, unfortunately when my time to vote came I didn't have that option, so I voted for no one.
I will vote again when a political party sets there objectives to what the majority needs and not to do one better than the competing party.
Thank-you for giving me some faith in the politics of this country although
now that you are gone it is all one big starched collared cat fight again.
It is sad that, although we need more loonies in British Politics, we will
never be able to replace this fine example of British eccentricity.
It may be that they broke the mould before they made Screaming Lord Sutch,
who, had he ever stood in an election in a ward where I lived would
certainly have had at least one vote.
Perhaps, as a mark of respect to him, all members of both houses of
Parliament should, for one day, wear Silver top hats and address each other
through megaphones. Better still make it a permanent and compulsory
RIP you old loony.
Loosing Lord Sutch is no exchange at all for gaining Conrad Black. Dave
will be sorely missed.
How? Many more people must we lose to depression before someone does something.
The loss of yet another life to this terrible illness shows that not enough is being done to help these persons. Lord Such always lightened the day whenever there was an election, he cut through the pomposity of the proceedings and generally made us laugh. Not many people can have that said about themselves.
My sincere condolences to all the family and friends.
I was sad to hear of the death of Lord Sutch today...
I suppose this spells the end of any element of fun or anything remotely British in British politics.
Anyway, I'm sure I won't be alone in missing him during election night.
My sincere condolences,
SIRS, Lord Sutch was probably the only British "politician" who made any sense in those times. At least he meant what he said. Even if it did not always sound sensible.
I am an American living in the state of Maryland. The first time I heard
about the Official Monster Raving Looney Party was on a radio report about
the British elections a couple of years ago. When I heard that one
mainstream party disbanded in humiliation after gaining fewer
Parliamentiary seats than the Loonies, I laughed and laughed. And I've been
fascinated in them ever since. I hope the party keeps up the work after
Sutch's death, and I wish we had a party like that here in the U.S.
I was sorry to read about Lord Sutch's untimely death. With elections
approaching here in the U.S., are there any plans for a US branch of the
Monster Raving Looney Party? We certainly have lots of raving loonies here
and could use some organization.
You'll be missed by everyone who believes in free speeech.
Thanks for brining "life" to the political scene.
May your angel be with you and watch over you forever.
It's gonna be dark now in British politics, God knows the lights are already out!!
Despite, the joking way he went about it, you can't help but feel that many of his policys did have a serious reason behind them, His death is a loss to the Britain.
PS. Why is there only one Monopolies Commision.
I am very saddened to hear of the death of Screaming Lord Sutch. It is a shame the Monster Raving Loonies could not have fielded candidates in the Euro elections - under PR, they might even have been elected. That would have been the greatest possible tribute to him.
As a local politician myself, I have nothing but admiration for him.
Given what passes for sanity in politics today, Lord Sutch was the
After speaking to David only 3 weeks ago (when he sounded happy and excited about a possible trip to Cyprus) I am devastated to hear this tragic news. He was an honest gentleman.
Screaming Lord Sutch Passes from Us
The late and great Screaming Lord Sutch has passed from us and we are the poorer from his passing. I meet him a couple of times a gigs and festivals. He was very sympathetic to Pagan ideas and he loved the land, as we do. Then he'd pull out a massive funny stick and give a great big poke at the Craft. We'd be rolling about the floor wetting ourselves laughing, and he'd laugh with us.
Lord Sutch made a dull election a wonderful spectacle of colour and fun. He' d take the micky out of everyone and himself. I can remember he once said, "Life is far too serious a matter to take seriously."
To me, he was the true Shaman, although you'd never get him to admit it. "That's far to lofty a title for me," he'd say, "just a lowly Lord of the realm will do."
Sadly, it seems that he decided to leave us voluntarily, by his own hand. I do not know the reasons or the circumstances why he felt so sad, I wish I had. It always seems to me that we never truly know what great spirits we have among us, until they leave us.
We, at the Pagan Way, and I'm sure I speak for some of you, would like to
offer our deep and heart felt regret to Lord Sutchs' partner, Yvonne, and
his son, Tristan. He'll never be forgotten, nothing is forgotten, his life
was the very testament of life at it's very best.
A great Rock'n'Roller has died!
Not only was he colourful character in British politics, but he was a pioneer in making a rock'n' roll gig into an experience of sound and vision in the early sixties.
A great performer who will be sadly missed!
Lord Sutch was the Princess Diana of politics. He brought a smile and a laugh to an otherwise dull business. I will miss him greatly.
You'll be missed as you brought a human face and honest quality to the sorid British political scene.
One of Lord Sutch's greatest achievements which has not
been mentioned in the BBC pages was when he obtained over
one thousand votes for the first time, at the Rotherham
bi-election of 1994, where he only narrowly missed out on
retaining his deposit. Lord Sutch offered to bring the
Channel tunnel to Rotherham, and to have the Rother Valley
lake filled with wine. Given his superb showing in this
election he declared Rotherham the Offical Loony Capital of
the world. I along with many many people in Rotherham will
miss him deeply. He had convictions. He had principles.
Sadly our local council seem to have neither. What an
honest bloke Lord Sutch was. May he rest in peace.
One of England's great eccentrics. I will be amongst the many who will miss him.
Weary of politicians worldwide, I am so sorry at the loss. I hope the
reports of hanging are somehow incorrect - what a state of mind required to
He will be sorely missed - all the other grey suits male and female cannot
compensate for character and style.
Such a tragedy! Where will UK politics be without this charismatic nutter? Truly a dark day for politics and I think that people across the broad spectrum of our wonderful society will miss him. Let's be honest, he was much more interesting than most of our "proper politicians" (whatever that means!) and just think, exactly what would things have been like if he HAD got in?? Sadly, now we'll never know.
RIP Dave, and give 'em some lunacy up there for us!
Mostly when I hear the news I have an opinion about it and absorb the facts within that framework. Rarely do I feel saddened. Today when I heard the news I was close to tears. That someone so dedicated to the worthiness of his effort, is defeated so painfully by life seemed so unjust.
His loss is significant to the British public and to the right of all our people to make a stand on what they believe. My only resentment in all this is that he was forced out of formal political representation by finances not integrity. His presence will be missed throughout every election night onwards in my lifetime.
My sympathies go to all those close to him.
I knew Dave in 1970 in connection with rock 'n' roll music, I haven't seen him since I left the country in 1971 but I am so sorry he's gone, it's very hard to believe. My condolences to family and friends.
He certainly brightened up politics, his death is a great shame.
We have lost the only loony in politics with the sanity to admit it. England at eletion time will be a greyer place. RIP.
He was a unique individual, not afraid to express his views, and was a step away from the traditional suit and tie image of politics. His
ability to relate to people, and sense of humour, and fun, will be
greatly missed by everyone I am sure.
Will miss looking for you on the platform at elections, you always seemed to get a prominent position and shook the winners hand first.
You will always be thought of with affection and gratitude for the way
you influenced British politics and made us laugh at it as well.
You will be sadly missed.
Politics will be even greyer from today.
At lest this man stood up for what he believed, unlike the present leader
of government, Also a better dress sense. He will be missed on election
What a wonderful, wonderful mutant you were. God bless, I'll always
remember you with gladness for your having walked amongst us. In a world now ready to embrace "Austin Powers", you truly were the real thing. You made it OK to be comprehensively insane.
He was that most rare thing, an honest politician. We will not see his
Hey Lord, among the screamers of the world you've been the first I've took notice of when I was very young. So I send a warm boodbye to you & hope you are well where you are.
Always had to watch how he got on in the elections and always hoped he'd
get a seat. The fun's all gone out of it now. He will be sorely missed.
Here's to screaming Lord Sutch.
The best Prime Minister we never had?
Your official and unofficial monster raving looniness will continue in
political circles for ever. RIP.
Such a colourful man will be missed by many people and politicians.
Lord Sutch was a reminder to everyone that we were never meant to take ourselves so seriously. A true crusader who cut through political constipation with his own wickedly funny enema.
He was a great great character and it was a loss to the British public that he never won a seat in the House of Commons.
He brought the fun back into politics.... Cheers!
In what is a sad day for British politics, let us not forget the fun
Screaming Lord Sutch brought to the world of back stabbing and back
handers. A true gent with integrity, honour and humour, he will be
greatly missed but never forgotten.
A sad loss. As well as bringing a breath of fresh air to politics, his appearance at elections was an unofficial barometer that showed we live in a genuine democracy.
Lord Sutch, in his fun, flamboyant way, actually reinforced important
lessons from history, that we need not take any politician seriously
(certainly not at face value), and that any political party can, without
warning, behave like raving loonies.
I met Lord Sutch in person at a charity appearance in a Red Cross shop by pure chance in South Harrow this May. He talked enthusiastically about Radio Sutch when I expressed an interest in the subject. He said that even when he boarded the forts in the sixties the walkways that joined them together were very rickety and it took courage to walk along them.
He also told me that he had been back to the forts recently and that they were very rusty. I commented that I had no musical ability and he modestly replied
that neither did he, all he could do was sing. I am sorry to learn about his problems with depression. I feel privileged to have met and talked with such a colourful personality, but honoured that he took time to listen and converse. I admire his lengthy political stand. His stage and political dress may have looked eccentric but underneath all that was a really
If there was one man who truly represented the democratic freedoms of this country, it was Lord Sutch, with his very unique style.
He brought diversity and, above all, FUN into politics. It is so sad to hear of his death when he had so much more to give. By-elections will simply never be the same again.
A ripple of madness in a pool of sanity. The Python of Politics will be greatly missed.
Next time I'm in the pub at lunch time I'll raise a toast.
I met him, briefly, at a local pub during a Monster Raving Loony election evening. He was just walking around meeting people and I had a quick word
with him. A nice, fun loving bloke ... his death is a real loss.
I was shocked to hear about his death - being a rock'n'roller at heart, I will never forget his contribution to rock'n'roll music.
I will always remember him for bringing unconventionality and fun into both music and the English political landscape. My sincere sympathy goes out to his partner and son.
Farewell with sorrow to one of the last men in English politics with a
sense of true integrity and honour.
A great character - politics and the news will not be the same without him.
To hear the news that you have died is very sad,
Seeing you at the elections each time votes were cast,
Thank you for enriching our lives, giving us humour, and for being who you were and still are. Thankyou for sharing your spirit with us.
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