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ModRads: da Schir launches Sixth Party Congress

Senator Lüc da Schir has launched the Sixth ModRad Party Congress, serving as Congress Leader for the first time in three years.

The Senator from Benito described the developments since his last stint presiding over the Congress as “eventful”, listing his party’s participation in three governments, and their conquest of a plurality of Senäts seats.

He also claimed that the “proud centrists, European liberals, moderate monarchists, firebrand progressives” in his party were able to achieve much of their manifesto aims, “while leaving the partisan bickering to others”. The question for the delegates now, according to the ModRad leader, was “how can we keep improving Talossa and our party?”

The MRPT Congress will run until 12th November, with party members voting on the manifesto.and party statutes, as well as choosing a new Party Whip.

[ETT: contributor Inxheneu Crovâ will deliver an address to the Congress this weekend, in a personal capacity]

ModRads: da Schir launches Sixth Party Congress

Senator Lüc da Schir has launched the Sixth ModRad Party Congress, serving as Congress Leader for the first time in three years.

The Senator from Benito described the developments since his last stint presiding over the Congress as “eventful”, listing his party’s participation in three governments, and their conquest of a plurality of Senäts seats.

He also claimed that the “proud centrists, European liberals, moderate monarchists, firebrand progressives” in his party were able to achieve much of their manifesto aims, “while leaving the partisan bickering to others”. The question for the delegates now, according to the ModRad leader, was “how can we keep improving Talossa and our party?”

The MRPT Congress will run until 12th November, with party members voting on the manifesto.and party statutes, as well as choosing a new Party Whip.

[ETT: contributor Inxheneu Crovâ will deliver an address to the Congress this weekend, in a personal capacity]

Distain says Sir Cresti is not “puppet”, says plans on schedule

Distain Senator Lüc da Schir has rejected allegations that Seneschal Sir Cresti Siervicül is a “puppet”. The ModRad leader told ETT that Sir Cresti is leading the government and “makes all the important decisions”.

The Distain rejected recent claims by the FreeDems that RUMP leader and government Chief of Staff Sir Alexandreu Davinescu is the de facto leader of the Cabinet. Senator da Schir told ETT that Sir Alexandreu was aiding the Seneschal with “paperwork and coordinating projects”. He also claimed that in the absence of the Seneschal the coalition agreement provides for he, the Distain, to supervise the work of the government both internally and with respects to its public actions.

The Distain also pronounced himself satisfied with the progress of the government so far. Despite a delay due to legal issues, the crowd funding campaign for the issue of coinage is “being finalised and will be launched sometime in June”. He also told ETT that he was “confident” the Census would start in June as scheduled. He also commended the progress made by the Minister of Stuff, fellow ModRad Ian Plätschisch, in the website transition process.

All-party Debate: da Schir calls for “focus on content and ideas”

MRPT leader Senator Lüc da Schir,  answering the question “which clear steps would you take, if any, to increase active participation”, stated that in his party’s opinion “right now, the overall atmosphere on Witt is poisonous. [It is] not an attractive place for new Talossans”. According to the Senator “there should be more focus on content and ideas” rather than “bullying and confrontation”.

In terms of specific policies, the ModRad leader proposed targeting new immigration through a more active New Citizens Committee, as well as a revamped immigration website and recruitment material. He also stated that he welcomes the “appointment of a MinStuff who will actually get around to” producing coins, stamps and other national paraphernalia.

For existing citizens, Senator da Schir suggested that an apolitical Civil Service and independent social and cultural initiatives, encouraged but not dominated by the government, would allow to citizens to involve themselves in public affairs while managing to avoid “politicising the Kingdom’s daily life…[and forcing citizens] into a politics-regulated environment if they don’t want to. We’re much more than that.”

49th Cosa election: da Schir reelected ModRad leader

Conference leader Ian Plātshisch has announced that Senator Lüc da Schir has been re-elected as leader of the  MRPT. Challenged by S:reu Plātschisch himself, in the end the Senator won a convincing victory, with two thirds of the votes cast (4 out of 6).

On announcing his candidacy, Senator da Schir declared that if re-elected he would not seek to enter in coalition deals with any other party, and that a  “lay-low crossbench term” would be healthy for the ModRads. While disavowing any lack of confidence in the Senator, S:reu Plātschisch stated that in his view the MRPT should rule out no option, including coalition.

In recent days Senator da Schir has reaffirmed the traditional ModRad policy of excluding no government option before the election results are known, stating that “the MRPT always sides with whoever will give us the greater chance of carrying forward our legislative agenda”.

49th Cosa Election: da Schir says “no option” is excluded

Reacting to the declarations from Senator Miestrâ Schivâ that the FreeDems would not pursue a coalition under any circumstances following the 49th Cosa election, ModRad leader Senator Lüc da Schir accused the FreeDems leadership of “making that decision [on coalition] on my fellow party mates’ behalf”.

The Senator, who is a candidate to continue his leadership of the MRPT in this week’s party leadership election, declared that “the ModRads always vote on coalitions after the election has ended and even then no option is struck out”. The Senator stated that no potential government configuartion would be ruled, and that “the MRPT always sides with whoever will give us the greater chance of carrying forward our legislative agenda”, and that this is “more important than past grudges and petty mudslinging”.

The Senator also paid tribute to founding MRPT member Alèxandreu Soleighlfred, who in a “Confession” posted on Wittenberg this weekend announced that due to what he described as his “failure” as a Talossan he would be resigning from the MRPT and withdrawing from Talossan public life. He Senator told S:reu Soleighlfred that “we owe you much of what later made us the first non-RUMP party to lead a government since 2007…you will be missed a lot and I only wish you had more time and interest for Talossa as you are capable of great ideas and great accomplishments”.

Cabinet Crisis: Ministry of Stuff at the centre of coalition controversy

In the ongoing and increasingy testy back-and-forth between FreeDem spokeswoman Senator Miestrâ Schivâ and her various MRPT interlocutors, one striking item of contention appears to be the precise problem the Seneschal and by extenson the FreeDems had with the MRPT’s performance in cabinet: the Ministry of Stuff.

While criticising Senator Lüc da Schir for a more recent lack of activity, which has been acknowledged by the latter, Senator Schivä seems to point to the longer-term decline in the Minister of Stuff’s public activity in Talossa as the more serious problem. Stating that “if cxhn. Pinátsch, for example, had even told the Cabinet [that he was unable to continue] we could have replaced him”, but that while the Seneschal had been privately “vocal” in his criticisms of what he regarded as the MRPT ministers underperformance he had eschewed a confrontation over their replacement to avoid a coalition collapse.

Senator Lüc da Schir, the MRPT leader, denied that the Seneschal had asked him to replace the Minister of Stuff but that his response to such a query would have been “sure, if Sevastain is willing to step back”. The Senator also denied that proportional representation in Cabinet was a significant motivation for his party, as they had not objected to ex-MRPT member Breneir Itravilatx continuing as Foreign Minister, even though it reduced the number of MRPT ministers as a whole. The Minister’s MRPT colleague Glüc da Dhi insisted in response that the Minister had made his difficulties clear and had tried to get additional help with content, but claimed that “elections coming up is a better motivation” for the FDT.

Senator Sevastáin Pinátsch was appointed Minister of Stuff in September 2014 [ETT: Senator Pinátsch is Editor of ETT] According to the Organic Law, the Ministry of Stuff “shall prepare, at the behest of the Cosâ, the Seneschál, or on his own initiative, informative texts about the Kingdom of Talossa”. In practice this has meant being responsible for the Kingdom’s web presence. The Senator has not publicly announced his resignation from the Cabinet at the time of writing, though Senator Schivâ referred to “rumours” that the Minister may be dismissed as a result of the collapse of the coalition.

With respect to the Minister’s level of activity, a series of posts in September 2015 on Wittenberg suggest that the Minister was experiencing some turbulence in his family life. On 22rd September, he apologised for a lack of activity, and claimed that as “life has become considerably more complicated” his Talossan time had been curtailed, and that “most of my recent work to our information platforms has been technical”. In the same thread a day later, citing chldren entering adolescence, more stress at this workplace, and long days, the Minister described sleep as his “most treasured posession”.

In a more detailed post on 30th September, which was presumably a response to the criticism in the press and in the Ziu of the lack of progress on the update of talossa.com, the Minister explained that no content on talossa.com had been updated since April of this year, and that in setting up the system he had “hoped to receive much more volunteer relief than I have”, despite “repeated requests for help”. He also stated that he was “unable to do much more than ensure that the website operates properly and securely”.

The Minister also declared that “if I am over-reaching in my hope and expectation, or am simply demonstrating that I am ill-suited to the responsibility of this Ministry, you may request my resignation”. Four individuals with editing rights [ETT: including ETT contributor Inxheneu Crovâ] to the portal responded that they wished to maintain their ability to update talossa.com, but there was at the time no direct public comment from either the Seneschal or the Distain to the request, or on the Minister’s status.

The Minister, who is also Senator for Atatürk, has regularly requested feedback on each Clark of the 48th Cosa, has attempted to briefly motivate his votes, and has not missed a vote during the entire term, according to the Database. In response to encourgements from a fellow provincial, the Senator stated on 20th December that it been “a busier year for me than last year”, but that he was “budgeting time to read bills thoroughly”.

Cabinet Crisis: Lüc da Schir speaks to ETT

ETT: Senator, was there a specific experience being in government that led you to the conclusion that you can achieve more outside of it?
LDS: I wouldn’t single out any particular episode, although I don’t necessarily believe that coalitions are inherently bad – we as a party are just in a particular moment of our existence when giving ourselves the usual fresh layer of paint before the next General Election is no longer enough. We need some time – more than a Congress – to reflect on our role within Talossa and the best way we can deliver our platform of Liberalism, Progressism and moderate monarchy reformism to the Talossan people. Doing so while simultaneously holding Cabinet posts is close to impossible: it would be attempting to do two things while getting nothing done. Power for the sake of itself is just inherently bad.

ETT: Do you accept any of the criticism that has come the way of MRPT ministers in the present government (and is this part of the reason you want to remain outside of it)?
LDS: My reason for advising the party to decide to stay out of Government in the next Cosa is not the criticism that has been thrown at us by our former allies – that’s more like the reason we decided we didn’t want to stay in this government anymore. Still, I think that members of the MRPT have indeed publicly accepted that part of the blame for the government’s failure does lie on the MRPT’s shoulders and it would be disingenuous on my part to deny that this really is the case. My and Sevastain’s performances were severely hampered by events in our extraTalossan lives and this is truly regrettable although intrinsic in Talossa’s nature.

ETT: In the party Digest the MRPT still mentions the idea of a directly elected Seneschal- might this be a solution to the coalition problem, since the government would not depend on party support in the Cosa, and might be able appoint and dismiss individuals from office regardless of their party?
LDS: That’s not really my own opinion, and indeed I have long believed that point should be scrapped as it both has a vague timeframe and, well, I don’t really agree in principle with it. The Government should rely on the support of the Cosa and I believe the current system is good for Talossa. But I wouldn’t really say there’s a “coalition problem” going on, the last two MRPT-led coalitions have worked just fine.

ETT:If the party vote goes against you, and the MRPT is prepared to enter government, would you lean towards a particular party? Do you personally feel more ideological affinity for one over the other?
LDS: I don’t really think I would prefer a Tresplet government over a Davinescu government or the other way around. I disagree with them on a lot of issues – for instance Davinescu is against reforming the Monarchy, both are against a smaller Cosa and candidates lists. I would just hope that the new leader makes his best effort to choose the second best deal for the MRPT (the best one obviously being staying out of government for a term) and I would definitely not accept a Cabinet post. That said, anyway, if I won and we decided to prop up a Government from the outside, I guess I will simply choose the party who offers us the best possibility of implementing our platform in exchange for our confidence votes. There will be no hard feelings towards any of the two other main parties.

Cabinet Crisis: MRPT ministers resign, vote against confidence

MRPT party leader Senator Lüc da Schir has confirmed that his party are withdrawing their support from the goverment. Senator da Schir has resigned as Distain and Minister for Finance, following the shock announcement by MRPT MC Ian Plätschisch that he would resigning his government posts and voting against confidence earlier today.

Senator da Schir described the collapse of the coalition as “sad and unavoidable”, and “should have ended months ago” due to pressure of academic work. The Senator claimed that the break with the FDT was prompted by the “washing of dirty clothes publicly” by FDT cabinet colleagues.

MCs Glüc da Dhi and Erschéveþ da Schir joined their party colleagues in their renunciation of the alliance with the FDT and Progressives, with da Schir stating in the Cosa that voting confidence “would put a lot of us at odds with our consciences”. S:reu da Dhi, in a lengthy statement to the Cosa, claimed that “this government has not been what any of us had hoped for”, citing inactive or ineffective ministers and a “mostly invisible” Seneschal C. Carlüs Xheraltescù. He also acknowledged that while “over the top”, certain of the criticisms made of the government by RUMP leader Sir Alxeandreu Davinescu MC were “valid points”.

S:reu da Dhi however defended the legislative record of the MRPT, singling out Ian Plätschisch’s work on the 3/4 Majority Amendment in particular. While stating that it was “not wrong to discuss some of the weak points”, he criticised the Seneschal, in what he claimed was “election mode”, for unfairly singling out MRPT ministers. S:reu da Dhi also declared that while today’s events meant the “end” of the present FDT-MRPT, he would not personally rule out coalition with the FreeDems or any other party in the future, and that his party “should always be willing to take its responsibility”.

Seneschal Xheraltescù stated that he was “saddened though not surprised” by the resignations, but questioned whether “pressure from the wider party” explained the announcements, rather than the will of the individuals involved.

FreeDem Senator Miestrâ Schivâ accused Senator da Schir of having “pretty much disappeared for the past month or two” and that FreeDem ministers “have done virtually everything for at least the last two months”. The Senator also claimed that Sir Alexandreu Davinescu wished to “destroy” the government, and being “unbelievably dishonest” in accepting the support of “of the very people who caused the failure” of that government. She also stated that she would personally not accept a coalition with the MRPT in the next Cosa, but would consider indivdual ModRad participation “if not tainted by the serial ball-dropping” of the present government.

Speaking to ETT, Foreign Minister and former MRPT MC Breneir Itravilatx stated that “I have no comment on the current back-and-forth but I am saddened by the demise of the coalition. The actions of the MRPT are an understandable response to recent public statements by some FreeDem members. Hopefully there will not be irreparable damage to future potential for policy collaboration”. S:reu Itravilatx has registered a new centre-left political party, the Talossan National Congress, which will be launched in the coming weeks.

MRPT Conference: leadership contest exposes coalition doubts

As the Fifth Congress of the MRPT gets underway, two contenders for the leadership have announced themselves. Outgoing party leader, Distain and Finance Minister Senator Lüc da Schir has announced that he will seek another term as leader, with Deputy Interior Minister Ian Plâtschisch MC also stepping forward.

Senator da Schir stated that if re-elected he will not “enter in coalition deals with any other party”. S:reu da Schir further stated that in his opinion that a “lay-low crossbench term” would be healthy for the ModRads, and that “sometimes supporting a minority cabinet from the outside can get us more than being inside it (and faring very badly anyway)”.

The latter remark seems to be an implicit acknowledgement of the criticism that MRPT Ministers have underperformed during the 48th Cosa. According to the Senator, a term outside of government would allow the MRPT to renew itself and “get to the 50th Cosa with a strong team of active members”. The Senator also declared that he favoured promoting more active MCs over “putting our best people in the Senate”.

S:reu Plätschisch wished to emphasise that his decision to contest the leadership was not a reflection of a lack of confidence in the Senator. He stated however that while he had no objection to remaining outside of government in principle, he felt his approach was different enough from his party leader’s that he “wanted to give the party an alternative”.

S:reu Plätschisch stressed that he did not think the party should pursue a coalition “to the point of being trampled on”, but he did not agree that Talossa would benefit from a minority government, and that the party should “keep its options open, depending on election results and negotiations turn out”. He further stated that despite the negative perception some party members had of Sir Alexandreu Davinescu MC the RUMP should not be excluded from coalition consideration. He also declared that he felt a coalition with the FDT was “unlikley”, though not objectionable to him.

Other senior party members weighed in on the topic, which was moved to the Congress Hall for a broader discussion of the party’s strategy.

Former party leader and Seneschal Glüc da Dhi declared that in his opinion the party “should take our responsibility in cabinet” and influence policy directly. He also stated that he did not support a minority government of either RUMP of FDT, and “could support a coalition” with either.

Senator Magniloqueu Épiqeu da Lhiun expressed support for Senator da Schir’s policy, stating that “I think we have been too government-driven” and that the party “should take some time to come to its senses”.