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Victorious Austrian President Van der Bellen joins Beard of the Year poll
The Beard Liberation Front the informal network of beard wearers has said that victorious Austrian Presidential candidate Alexander Van der Bellen has joined the 2016 Beard of the Year shortlist after defeating his neo-fascist opponent Norbert Hofer in a re-run of the vote on Sunday.
The on-line vote ends at midday on 24th December
In 2015 London brewer Bryan Spooner won the vote.
The campaigners say that the award is specifically not about who has the best or most magnificent beard. Rather it focuses on the beard wearer who has made the most positive hirsute public impact during the year.
The BLF says that while the Austrian Presidential result is very serious politics indeed on a European scale, questions of image and appearance in politics are never far away. Here Mr Van der Bellen and Mr Hofer presented a sharp contrast to voters
With the rise in hirsuteness there is now a longlist poll which trims down the contenders for the final vote. The winner is announced on 29th December.
BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, Mr Van der Bellen’s beard is well trimmed but the contrast with the clean shaven suited Mr Hofer underlines that voters understand that while behind a clean cut image can lie unpleasant politics, a hirsute candidate can be the more decent politician.
Beard of the Year shortlist
Joe Ledley, footballer
Stig Abell, Editor, TLS
Gary Lineker, broadcaster
Simon Stevens, NHS CEO
Moeen Ali, cricketer
James O’Brien, broadcaster
Tim O’Rourke, Howling Hops brewer
Philip Wilton, cheesemaker
Andy Murray, tennis player
Jurgen Klopp, football manager
Alexander Van Der Bellen, Austrian President