Pulp politics prove fruitful for buffoons
WHILE most of the country is concerned with the fate of Labour and National, one unexpected party is climbing its way into this election.
The Bill and Ben party has already gained more votes than the combined total of Alliance, Democrats for Social Credit, Libertarianz, Workers Party, The Republic of New Zealand Party and Residents Action Movement.
Bill and Ben was founded by Jamie “Bill” Linehan and Ben “Ben” Boyce early this year. The two are best known for the popular television show Pulp Sport.
Unlike other political parties that promise much, the Bill and Ben Party promises to “promise nothing”.
“It’s easy to make promises in the heat of the election moment, but from what we can tell, it’s even easier to break them once you’re in,” says Ben.
“We don’t want to disappoint our loyal public, so we’re not going to set them up for possible heartbreak if we get in and find out that giving everyone free petrol is harder than just sending a really nice letter to BP.”
After paying the $1000 registration fee they were faced with the problem of convincing 500 people to become registered members of their party.
“We’d like to think we had that many friends but instead we just got people drunk outside the student pub,” Bill said.
Billboards said: “Come on, you voted Winston in.”
The man himself, Winston Peters, wasn’t impressed when he called in at TV3 for an interview and saw it – “but then he took a photo of it”, says Bill.
But can they at least tell us what their priority is? What’s the first thing they’ll do if elected?
“A funnel,” says Bill.
“We’re putting the party back in political party,” agrees Ben.
For those who can’t make up their minds, the Bill and Ben Party are being refreshingly honest about their intentions – don’t expect too much.
PICTURE: Bill & Ben representing the minorities.