No one could accuse the Labour party of being down to Earth but Councillor Simon Parkes is a special case

A LABOUR politician has stunned his town council colleagues by claiming his “real mother” is a 9ft green alien with eight fingers.

Councillor Simon Parkes, who was elected to represent Stakesby ward on Whitby Town Council last month, said although he has had hundreds of close encounters with extra-terrestrials, it will not interfere with his mission to help residents at the seaside resort.

Speaking on YouTube, Coun Parkes said he first saw an alien at the age of eight months, when “a traditional kite-shaped face”, with huge eyes, tiny nostrils and a thin mouth appeared over his cot.

He said: “Two green stick things came in. I was aware of some movement over my head. I thought, ‘they’re not mummy’s hands, mummy’s hands are pink’.”

He added: “I was looking straight into its face. It enters my mind through my eyes and it sends a message down my optic nerve into my brain.

“It says ‘I am your real mother, I am your more important mother’.”

It sounds eccentric, yes, but, then, he still appears more worldly than Ed Miliband.

I feel a measure of sympathy for Councillor Parkes, though. Consider this: he was elected in February. He can’t be a drivelling lunatic – well, any more than the average member of a town council – as he must have sat through the election process and, I’d guess, a handful of committee meetings before his idiosyncratic parentage became news. At no time, if they’re now “stunned”, can he have called upon the aid of creatures from outer space during a town improvements meeting, nor invoked the wisdom of extraterrestrials before a planning committee. I’d guess that like his colleagues he was far more involved in discussing the nuances of article 4b in section 3c on page 420 of et cetera ad infinitum. People can and do maintain extraordinary beliefs within otherwise conventional perceptions: draping them over the more reasonable structure of their worldviews. There are occasional Ickes whose far-out theories radically adjust their consciousness, yes – people’s beliefs are of interest, of course – but let’s also remember that Conan Doyle believed in fairies; General MacArthur feared interplanetary war; Michael Jordan attributed magical powers to his shorts and so on. Eccentric beliefs can, I guess, be spoonfuls of sugar that help one imbibe the medicine of reality. And, thus, one could be a splendid member of a town council while maintaining the belief that your parent’s an alien.

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