The Polish Friends of Beer Party

24 Sep 2020
Sure, it started out as a joke: In 1990 satirist Janusz Rewinski formed the Polish Friends of Beer Party (Polska Partia Przyjaciol Piwa or PPPP in Polish) to promote the country’s second most beloved beverage during the new shift in government. The concept was popular enough, in fact, to inspire a similar party in Russia as well. And thanks to some disillusionment with Poland’s democratic transition after the end of communism a number of Poles voted for the prank party, and in the 1991 parliamentary elections 16 seats were nabbed by the PPPP. What started out as a joke – their slogan regarding the party running Poland: "It wouldn't be better but for sure it would be funnier" – evolved into a semi-serious platform thanks to the newly acquired seats. Of course, the divided cannot conquer, so when the party split into Large Beer and Small Beer factions it signalled the end of the jokey era, and eventually the Large Beer faction transformed into the far less humorous Polish Economic Program. Today little remains of the group except for well-earned entries in top ten lists of most ridiculous political parties and Facebook groups celebrating the original idea: that consuming quality beer is a symbol of freedom and a better standard of living.


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