Lord Buckethead is a title rather than a name: a political candidate carrying the burden of being Lord Buckethead has stood in three United Kingdom general elections against three different Conservative Party leaders and Prime Ministers: Margaret Thatcher, John Major and Theresa May. And now he has returned to challenge Boris Johnson – even though he told the reporters that “if I get a big fat zero that would be a record. I wouldn’t mind it.”
Being a fun little election story, it grew darker before the 2019 general elections. Following a copyright dispute, for the 2019 general election Jon Harvey, the Lord Buckethead from 2017, was stripped of his title (and his buckethead) – but returned as Count Binface. Citing “an unpleasant battle on the planet Copyright” as the reason behind the character shift, Count Binface was seen mocking Lord Buckethead, gesturing a thumbs down behind his back and shouting “Fake news,” and singing the US national anthem.
When asked to stand together for a photo, Lord Buckethead said: “We are going to violate some serious intergalactic treaties.” Count Binface has been critical of the prime minister on a number of issues, hitting out at “his get-Brexit-oven-ready-microwave nonsense,” but he did promise to treat the Conservative leader with respect should he ever meet him.