A Bristol man has officially changed his name by Deed Poll to ‘Mr Zero None Of The Above’ in a bid to get a ‘none of the above’ option on the ballot paper at the forthcoming general election.
Eric Mutch, a 44-year-old cafÃ© worker from Kingsdown, decided to take the plunge and stand for election in Bristol South after hearing about the ‘Zero None of the Above’ movement, which believes in giving voters an alternative option if they disagree with the agendas put forward by other parties.
Zero, who has never stood in a general election before, said: “I do not agree with petitions and I would rather make a real stand for what I believe in so I am going to stand for election. I only have one election promise and that is, if I do get elected, I will resign straight away so it really would be a ‘None Of The Above’ Option on this year’s papers.
“My resignation would force a by-election and I would then run again and again, always vowing to stand down if elected, until the other parties came up with a manifesto that the majority of the constituency wanted to vote for.Â In essence, the whole process is about getting those who stand for election to engage with the public on the issues that matter to them.”
Mr Zero None Of The Above has now started a website to contribute towards his campaign at www.thefunrevolution.com to run alongside a Facebook group supporting the cause, which already has over 4,000 members.
After changing his name yesterday with The Legal Deed Poll Service for just £10, Zero now has the backing of his friends, family and local community as he attempts to get elected – and has ordered badges and rosettes ready for when he takes his campaign to the streets of Bristol.
Zero added: “I have decided to stand in the Bristol South constituency as it has a high profile MP, Dawn Primarolo, and I feel that my campaign can have greatest impact if I stand in a constituency which already gets a lot of attention.
“It was so easy to change my name and I hope that it will aid me in my quest to get the ‘None Of The Above’ option added to this year’s ballot paper.”