Panto man’s council aim

Brian Ralfe, third from right, in costume for one of his Brighton Alternative Pantos

Brian Ralfe, third from right, in costume for one of his Brighton Alternative Pantos

First published in News

THE colourful man behind Brighton’s Alternative Panto is to stand for Brighton and Hove City Council as an independent.

Fifty years since he first stood for election, theatre entrepreneur Brian Ralfe will stand for Central Hove.

Mr Ralfe, who lives in The Drive, Hove, said: “I’m doing it as I’m so anti-Europe and currently disagree with a lot of what Cameron is doing.

“I think the time has come when we need politicians who do not toe the line.

“We need independents in local politics. I will answer to the people and make my own mind up.”

If elected he would remove cycle lanes, which he claims have “destroyed the environment” and have led to more traffic.

He said he would never have backed the i360, which he dubbed a “white elephant”.

He is best known as a cabaret performer and producer but Brighton-born Mr Ralfe has had a variety of jobs, from helping run the family bakery to driving taxis.

He served in the military in the 1980s and was part of the British taskforce during the Falklands conflict.

Burning political ambition has never left him, despite being unsuccessful on numerous occasions since first standing in 1964.

He said: “I was born and bred here. I have got to know a lot of people and for some reason they come to me to sort things out. Standing for election is an extension of that.

“I picked Central Hove as I don’t want the Greens to take both seats and start making a mess of the place as they have done in Brighton.”

Despite standing for election dozens of times over the years, he has yet to be elected to the council.

He said: “I keep doing it as I love the city. It doesn’t matter where I have gone, I have always come back.

“I took a Brighton plaque with me to the Falklands and some day I hope somebody finds where I buried it.”

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6:29am Wed 13 Aug 14

HJarrs says...

Standing for the moanerati party!
Standing for the moanerati party! HJarrs
  • Score: -6

6:53am Wed 13 Aug 14

rogerthefish says...

Not another joker.

"Despite standing for election dozens of times over the years, he has yet to be elected to the council."

So don't bother-get back on stage another non-story !
Not another joker. "Despite standing for election dozens of times over the years, he has yet to be elected to the council." So don't bother-get back on stage another non-story ! rogerthefish
  • Score: 6

6:56am Wed 13 Aug 14

Peppers I says...

OMG why do The Argus constantly think we all want to know about what this fool is up to. He is just another idiot ( Lord Sutch comes to mind ) who will no doubt once again lose his deposit. I think some of us of a certain age will remember him being arrested wearing his white suit on the stage of the Dome the last time he stood as an inde. Cannot quite remember why but he has a very chequered past indeed and many many skeletons in that frock filled cupboard. If he is reading this he will know exactly what I'm talking about.
OMG why do The Argus constantly think we all want to know about what this fool is up to. He is just another idiot ( Lord Sutch comes to mind ) who will no doubt once again lose his deposit. I think some of us of a certain age will remember him being arrested wearing his white suit on the stage of the Dome the last time he stood as an inde. Cannot quite remember why but he has a very chequered past indeed and many many skeletons in that frock filled cupboard. If he is reading this he will know exactly what I'm talking about. Peppers I
  • Score: 11

7:31am Wed 13 Aug 14

Pongo the Mango says...

Well, I suppose, give him credit for putting himself forward, but the poor chap comes across as a bar bore who thinks any problem can be solved by his simplistic solutions.
Well, I suppose, give him credit for putting himself forward, but the poor chap comes across as a bar bore who thinks any problem can be solved by his simplistic solutions. Pongo the Mango
  • Score: 12

8:06am Wed 13 Aug 14

G Wiley says...

rogerthefish wrote:
Not another joker.

"Despite standing for election dozens of times over the years, he has yet to be elected to the council."

So don't bother-get back on stage another non-story !
Or of course residents could vote for a whole group of irresponsible activist lunatics banded together under the Green flag?

He may be a 'joker' but at least as an independent he may have more interest in the needs of residents rather than pushing for various idealistic goals and following party doctrine.

IMHO, the more independent councillors, the better for local democracy.
[quote][p][bold]rogerthefish[/bold] wrote: Not another joker. "Despite standing for election dozens of times over the years, he has yet to be elected to the council." So don't bother-get back on stage another non-story ![/p][/quote]Or of course residents could vote for a whole group of irresponsible activist lunatics banded together under the Green flag? He may be a 'joker' but at least as an independent he may have more interest in the needs of residents rather than pushing for various idealistic goals and following party doctrine. IMHO, the more independent councillors, the better for local democracy. G Wiley
  • Score: 11

8:18am Wed 13 Aug 14

hoveguyactually says...

G Wiley wrote:
rogerthefish wrote:
Not another joker.

"Despite standing for election dozens of times over the years, he has yet to be elected to the council."

So don't bother-get back on stage another non-story !
Or of course residents could vote for a whole group of irresponsible activist lunatics banded together under the Green flag?

He may be a 'joker' but at least as an independent he may have more interest in the needs of residents rather than pushing for various idealistic goals and following party doctrine.

IMHO, the more independent councillors, the better for local democracy.
I agree, but sadly he won't be able to get rid of the Greens, with whom we seem to be stuck like some awful disease. Any party that could do so would get my vote.
[quote][p][bold]G Wiley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rogerthefish[/bold] wrote: Not another joker. "Despite standing for election dozens of times over the years, he has yet to be elected to the council." So don't bother-get back on stage another non-story ![/p][/quote]Or of course residents could vote for a whole group of irresponsible activist lunatics banded together under the Green flag? He may be a 'joker' but at least as an independent he may have more interest in the needs of residents rather than pushing for various idealistic goals and following party doctrine. IMHO, the more independent councillors, the better for local democracy.[/p][/quote]I agree, but sadly he won't be able to get rid of the Greens, with whom we seem to be stuck like some awful disease. Any party that could do so would get my vote. hoveguyactually
  • Score: 8

8:19am Wed 13 Aug 14

hoveguyactually says...

But isn't that Caroline Lucas standing behind him?
But isn't that Caroline Lucas standing behind him? hoveguyactually
  • Score: 2

8:40am Wed 13 Aug 14

SonnyJim55 says...

There are some comments on here suggesting this 'person' would be a welcome alternative to the greens. There is no bigger critic of the Greens than myself but if it was a straight choice I would vote Green every time. Ralfe has no interest in the residents of this town (apart from maybe his alternative friends), he is just a self publicist who craves any sort of limelight. Peppers has already alluded to skeletons in the closet, say no more
There are some comments on here suggesting this 'person' would be a welcome alternative to the greens. There is no bigger critic of the Greens than myself but if it was a straight choice I would vote Green every time. Ralfe has no interest in the residents of this town (apart from maybe his alternative friends), he is just a self publicist who craves any sort of limelight. Peppers has already alluded to skeletons in the closet, say no more SonnyJim55
  • Score: 4

8:53am Wed 13 Aug 14

gheese77 says...

I have voted for Brian when he stood for parliament before - now I have read what he actually believes I won't do so again
I have voted for Brian when he stood for parliament before - now I have read what he actually believes I won't do so again gheese77
  • Score: 3

8:54am Wed 13 Aug 14

Fight_Back says...

HJarrs wrote:
Standing for the moanerati party!
And of course anyone that has the cheek to vote against your beloved Greens is a moanerati. That arrogance is exactly one of the reasons the Greens are so hated. Tick tock.
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: Standing for the moanerati party![/p][/quote]And of course anyone that has the cheek to vote against your beloved Greens is a moanerati. That arrogance is exactly one of the reasons the Greens are so hated. Tick tock. Fight_Back
  • Score: 22

8:57am Wed 13 Aug 14

Martha Gunn says...

Yet more proof - as if it were needed - that the clowns really have taken over the circus.

Perhaps he could form an independent bloc with the Vegan, Summers and the other drop-outs and loonies from the Green Party.

Roll on May 2015.
Yet more proof - as if it were needed - that the clowns really have taken over the circus. Perhaps he could form an independent bloc with the Vegan, Summers and the other drop-outs and loonies from the Green Party. Roll on May 2015. Martha Gunn
  • Score: 4

9:02am Wed 13 Aug 14

BradleyWiggins says...

Should do well. The whole BH council is a comedy of errors, so his pantomime skills should come in handy.
Should do well. The whole BH council is a comedy of errors, so his pantomime skills should come in handy. BradleyWiggins
  • Score: 4

10:18am Wed 13 Aug 14

We love Red Billy says...

So the administration will be turning from a circus to a pantomime. Warren and Geoffrey better ' look out behind youuu'.
So the administration will be turning from a circus to a pantomime. Warren and Geoffrey better ' look out behind youuu'. We love Red Billy
  • Score: 8

10:46am Wed 13 Aug 14

s&k says...

B&HCC is a panto - or at least a Carry On film. Oooooh, matron.
B&HCC is a panto - or at least a Carry On film. Oooooh, matron. s&k
  • Score: 2

11:02am Wed 13 Aug 14

Skinny minty says...

Skinnyminny. This is a sad inditement of the quality of potential political Candidates for brighton if Ralfe is the best we can muster.He should consider his past very carefully before continuing this futile campaign.
,does he reall want to draw attention to himself in this way.
Skinnyminny. This is a sad inditement of the quality of potential political Candidates for brighton if Ralfe is the best we can muster.He should consider his past very carefully before continuing this futile campaign. ,does he reall want to draw attention to himself in this way. Skinny minty
  • Score: 5

11:07am Wed 13 Aug 14

stevo!! says...

1) You are free to not vote for him.

2) Independents never do well in Brighton.

3) His political views are similar to those of UKIP, who will have a far better chance of winning that seat.
1) You are free to not vote for him. 2) Independents never do well in Brighton. 3) His political views are similar to those of UKIP, who will have a far better chance of winning that seat. stevo!!
  • Score: -5

11:47am Wed 13 Aug 14

ThinkBrighton says...

HJarrs wrote:
Standing for the moanerati party!
It's got to be better than the loathsome greens.
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: Standing for the moanerati party![/p][/quote]It's got to be better than the loathsome greens. ThinkBrighton
  • Score: 9

12:15pm Wed 13 Aug 14

cherub64 says...

Really?! Is that the best Brighton has to offer? This 'man' has no interest in the people of Brighton, only in getting himself in the news. He has shown both past and present to be of limited political intellect (if any at all), and any support for him would be ill judged and a disservice to the community. I suggest he stick to schmoozing with his merry band of d-list 'celebrities' and leave politics to those with a legitimate interest. His ideas, beliefs, opinions and behaviour are wholly unsuitable to even stand as a councillor. No more 'press space' for this 'man' please....
Really?! Is that the best Brighton has to offer? This 'man' has no interest in the people of Brighton, only in getting himself in the news. He has shown both past and present to be of limited political intellect (if any at all), and any support for him would be ill judged and a disservice to the community. I suggest he stick to schmoozing with his merry band of d-list 'celebrities' and leave politics to those with a legitimate interest. His ideas, beliefs, opinions and behaviour are wholly unsuitable to even stand as a councillor. No more 'press space' for this 'man' please.... cherub64
  • Score: 5

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