Bill Boaks

"The legendary Commander Bill Boaks was the sole candidate for the Air, Road and Public Safety Party."

Whenever I went down to Brighton with the family as a youth, we would regularly come across a strange cycle covered by a wooden superstructure festooned with slogans and driven by a solidly-built, elderly gent. This was the legendary Commander Bill Boakes who was the sole candidate for the Air, Road and Public Safety Party. His strange contraption would be seen peddled around Brixton, Streatham and Norbury, fighting for the rights of the pedestrian. In fact, London-RIP believes that at the time Cdr Boakes contested more by-elections than Screaming Lord Sutch, on his platform of road safety. He also, I later discovered, had a reactionary white residents and pro-monarchist aspect to his political agenda, which tarnished the eco-appeal of this lost London eccentric somewhat. Bill Boakes was knocked off his cycle prior to registering for his 22nd by-election in Southwark and died in 1986.