West Mon Mock Election

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I recently had an email from Ray Griffiths, an old Westmonian who remembers the mock election at West Mon in the early fifties. I have to admit that there were no mock elections when I was at West Mon in the forties but when I left the sixth form to transfer to Howard Gardens High School in Cardiff I soon became embroiled in a mock election there. I suppose it might have been the post-war election that increased the interest in such events.

Ray says that the “political parties” involved in the election were:

The Mathematical radicals

The Frankenstein Fascists

The Romantic Reformers

and the Oglites

 Apparently the speeches from the candidates were delivered from the steps leading up to the school gym.

Ray reports that the election was won by the Romantic Reformers who offered an unbeatable programme of the closest possible liaison with the “County”. The Oglites came in second.

If any visitor remembers any further details about this election please feel free to make them known in a comment,

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4 Responses to “West Mon Mock Election”

  1. Geoff Lloyd Says:

    The Mock Election & it’s Results was one of the 2 highlights of 1953, listed in the Memorabilia Section of the 1973 75th Commemorative Edition of the Westmonian.
    Reformationists (R. Fleming) 144
    Ogilites (D. Mason) 136
    Mathematical Radicals (E.L.Biss) 61
    Frankenstein Fascists (B.D. Jones) 59.
    The other was “School House celebrated victory at the Sports by crowning the 80 ft. spire with an inverted bucket, placed by “Edmund” Evans and “Tensing” Parris”.
    ‘Edmund” was E.H.A. Evans in the 1955 School Photo.

  2. Geoff Nicolle Says:

    I remember the 50s West Mon Election though after all these years some of the details remain a bit hazy.
    I was one of a small group who persuaded ‘Oggy’ Mason to be a candidate.I became his ‘agent’ , helped him decide his ‘policies’, though I don’t remember what any of them were and decided his party would be called ‘The Oggilites’.
    We were at a great disadvantage when ‘The Romantic Reformers’ claimed to have arranged all sorts of delights for boys who voted for the party to be provided by a long list of volunteers from ‘The County School for Girls’.
    Considering this and the fact that Oggy tried to withdraw as a candidate just before polling,the Oggilites did surprisingly well.

    Sixth Formers who took History were about this time given a book about the Chartists which quoted a letter from a Pontypool teenager who took part in the march to Newport. His name was George Shell and the letter was to his parents saying he was going to do and that if he did not come back he would have died in a worthy cause.
    Because of that I have voted in every election since.

    As stated in the Election ‘post’ no one I knew received any of the benefits promised following a Romantic Reformers victory. A good lesson about believing Party Manifestoes.

    • clive barnby Says:

      I remember a couple of mock elections being held in the 60s. I can’t recall the names of the “parties” for the first one which would, I guess, have been in the early 60s. In the second one, which would have been in 1965, possibly, candidates stood under “real” party labels – Conservative, Labour, &c. If I recall, the election was won by Plaid Cymru. The candidate, whose name I don’t remember, gave a passionate, patriotic, address. This was, of course, before Gwynfor Evans’s victory in the Carmarthen by-election in ? 1966.

  3. William Raymond Griffiths Says:

    On further reflection, I think that one of the Oglite promises was “a return to nature”. The mind boggles!

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