Everything You Need to Know About Lord Buckethead, the Spacelord Star of the UK General Election

Image: Still via Youtube
Image: Still via Youtube

The United Kingdom has woken up after going to the polls to a shocking upset for Prime Minister Theresa May, and a hung Parliament—an outcome where no party managed to achieve a singular majority. But if American audiences tuned in, they have been less perplexed by the electoral system than Lord Buckethead.


My nation’s finest politician, Lord Buckethead—who, up until last night, was an independent candidate running for election in the Maidenhead constituency, the seat held by PM Theresa May since 1997—shot to fame last night as weary Americans, looking to find any way to graspingly understand my home country’s frankly ludicrous political process, found themselves suddenly more confused than ever. Mainly because when they tuned into the BBC’s all-night coverage to find out what the bloody hell a hung Parliament was, they were greeted by someone dressed up in all black with a ginormous bucket on his head who claimed to be from hyperspace, standing just a few feet away from the most powerful person in British politics. If you’ll indulge me:

Elmo from Sesame Street was also there, because of course he was. The UK has a long, fabled history of independent political candidates being a little... let’s say strange. After all, a recurring feature at our Elections is a party literally called the Monster Raving Loony Party.

So who the hell is Lord Buckethead? Well, he (or they?) runs on a policy of being the only intergalactic spacelord in British politics, and Lord Buckethead has actually run in several UK elections in the past, running against former Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and John Major in both 1987 and 1992. But no one really knows if it’s the same Buckethead, because they never reveal their identity. Or maybe Bucketheads are like Time Lords on Doctor Who, and capable of regeneration.

As for the policies our Spacelord ran on, well... see for yourself. They include banning proposals of turning the city of Birmingham into a Star Base until at least 2022 (presumably so Buckethead’s dominance of space can remain intact), exiling noted right-wing media troll Katie Hopkins to DC Comics’ Phantom Zone, and selling less weapons to Saudi Arabia so we can buy more laser guns from Lord Buckethead.


If that wasn’t enough to sell you, here’s Lord Buckethead’s party political broadcast, which is him singing a David Bowie knockoff while getting out the vote.

Suffice to say, Lord Buckethead is as fantastic as you imagined if you blearily attempted to wade into the quagmire that is British politics last night. Sadly, Lord Buckethead not in power this morning—he secured 249 votes, to Theresa May’s 37, 718 in Maidenhead—but the space lord still stands as a testament to the UK’s love of science fiction, taking the piss out of itself, and completely batshit insane elections.


Wouldn’t have it any other way, really.


James is a News Editor at io9, where you can find him delivering your morning spoilers, writing about superheroes, and having many feelings about Star Wars. He wants pictures. Pictures of Spider-Man!


Dan Entwistle

It was about 3 am. I’m on my eighth cup of tea. The BBC cut to Maidenhead. I’m going dizzy trying to do the electoral maths in my head. Theresa May ghouls her way up to the podium. I do not see Lord Buckethead. The returning officer begins to read the results. One by one. And then I hear his name. Then I see him. Then I see him for the first time. And I am awake.