Count Binface’s manifesto pledges for London Mayor are proving wildly popular

Harriet Brewis
Thursday 22 April 2021 12:58
Politics

Could Count Binface be the dark horse in London’s mayoral race?

An increasing number of people seem to hope so, particularly in light of his imaginative manifesto.

The self-proclaimed interplanetary space warrior, who challenged Boris Johnson in the 2019 general election, has set out 21 key pledges in his bid to “shake up” the city and “take out the trash”.

His vision includes the banning of loud snacks from theatres, the transformation of royal palaces into housing for the homeless, and the renaming of London Bridge in honour of Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

This compares to the more sober promises made by his rivals including Sadiq Khan, Brian Rose, and Laurence Fox – who is currently neck-and-neck with him in the polls on just one per cent.

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Fox has vowed to enforce a “no-mask” mandate, and introduce a Union Jack flag outside every school, among other anti-”woke” policies.

But Binface isn’t intimidated by his running mates’ big words – or budget for that matter.

Tweeting the full list of his manifesto commitments, the count asked: “Can any other candidate beat this? No chance!”

Plenty of Londoners appear to agree, including the likes of Gary Lineker and Brian Cox.

Here are just a few of the high profile endorsements he’s enjoyed so far:

Meanwhile, voters have already begun grilling the prospective leader on some important points:

The satirical politician, created by the British comedian Jon Harvey in 2018, announced his bid to become mayor in February.

In a video message, he said he would “throw his bin into the ring” and stand as an independent candidate.

“It’s the greatest city on the planet, I call it the Earth capital. As such, it needs people from outside Earth to pay its dues,” he said.

“Mayor of London is a fantastic title in itself and as someone who already has a title, it suits me down to the ground.

“You’ve already had a couple of mayors who people have said, ‘oh my God what have we done?’ Why not have someone who is already outlandish before they become mayor instead?”

The count admitted that he was not particularly confident as the electoral system “is heavily weighted in favour of human beings” rather than intergalactic entities. “But my job is always to provide something fresh on the menu and to take out the trash,” he said.

The Leader of the Recyclons added that his manifesto pledges were “just the tip of the iceberg”.

To help with his campaign, Binface has set up a GoFundMe page and has asked “supporters of relatively sensible politics” to chip in.

He has promised that any money that exceeds his targets will be donated to the charity Shelter, to help combat homelessness in the city.

Now that’s something we can all get on board with, even if you’re not that fussed about the price of croissants or seeing Ceefax brought back (which we are, by the way).

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