As political clichés go, it’s one we hear quite a lot. But now one party really can claim it has the light at the end of the tunnel in its sights – thanks to a rather unique device made by one of its members.
The Eccentric Party of Great Britain was officially launched last month, when South Holland inventor John Ward was unveiled as party chairman and also its Minister for Inventions.
In line with his latter role he has created a portable prop – The Politician’s Tunnel – which allows members to take to the streets and actually show their constituents they have a light at the end of their miniature tunnel.
“How often have you heard a politician speak of him or her ‘seeing the light at the end of the tunnel’? But never actually showing us the process,” says John.
“So now all that is a thing of the past, as once demand starts, I can see tunnel factories springing up all over the globe, not only Britain!”
Measuring two foot long, 12 inches wide and nine inches high, the tunnel is ideal for carrying underarm to meetings, conferences and jumble sales and works with a simple flick of a switch.
“With this tunnel the operator has total control and when they ask people if they can see the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’, this is a reality, as there is a switch for the operator to flick for the scale size light – that is indeed at the end of the tunnel – to be switched on and off at will,” John adds.
In keeping with authenticity there is a miniature to scale planning application attached to the front of the tunnel for a wind turbine that will provide the energy to run the light within.
John added: “It can be used anywhere, as it can be supplied in either left-hand or right-hand drive for use all over the world.
“The Spalding model comes with removable traffic ‘Road Works in Progress’ signs and portable traffic lights where you least expect them to make it more valid!”
This is not the first time John has taken to the political stage – he was previously Minister for Inventions under Screaming Lord Sutch, of the Monster Raving Loony Party.
He was approached about joining the Eccentrics after meeting up with its leader Lord Toby Jug recently, when they both took part in a docu-film called A Different Drummer – Celebrating Eccentrics.
The Eccentric’s policies include fitting mobile phones and games machines with a slot meter to reduce use and increase fitness, to have a working day of eight hours of spare time, eight hours of rest and eight hours of sleep, nationalisation of public toilets and dental charges to be capped.