For a number of reasons, Thursday's general election in the United Kingdom was a momentous occasion — Theresa May's Conservative Party was devastated in a snap election she called, Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party made a remarkable resurgence, and the fringe aspect of Britain's protest vote gained international notoriety.
Since the advent of democracy, citizens dissatisfied with potential candidates or the current political system have cast protest votes. Historically, protest votes have been made through ballots simply left blank or not cast at all — in the U.K., the tradition is a bit different.
Enter Lord Buckethead, a self-proclaimed “intergalactic star lord” and a true champion of democracy:
His presence was certainly noticed by the other candidates standing for election in Maidenhead — including PM Theresa May:
Of course, Lord Buckethead likely found an ally in Monster Raving Loony Party leader, Howling “Laud” Hope:
Sadly, Lord Buckethead failed to unseat Theresa May — but he did win 259 votes, likely in part due to a political manifesto that includes a proposal to nationalize Adele to maximize efficient use of U.K. resources:
In the U.K.'s general election, fringe candidates like Lord Buckethead are treated all the same as the sitting prime minister:
Lord Buckethead wasn't the only candidate to turn heads on Thursday. There was Mr. Fishfinger, attempting to unseat Liberal Democratic leader Tim Farron in Westmorland & Lonsdale:
Mr. Fishfinger received 309 votes! He graciously accepted his defeat, even shaking hands with Farron for this magnificent photo op:
While neither Lord Buckethead nor Mr. Fishfinger was successful in their bid to become Members of Parliament, it's only a matter of time before a populist wave puts one of them in office.