Senator Miestrâ Schivâ was appointed Attorney-General of the KIngdom on 13th October.
ETT: As a non-lawyer, do you feel adequately qualified to lead government business in the Cort?
Schivâ: In many states, the Attorney-General is a political appointment, and calls upon a legal professional – a Solicitor-General, if you will – for the technical expertise which can only be provided by a member of the Bar. And I do intent to contact the Bar as and when the Government needs technical legal advice.
I am not, as you say, a trained lawyer – I flunked out of a law degree in my second year, fact fans – but I am a legislator and flatter myself that I can read a piece of legislation. I would see myself as more of an administrator of the Courts of Justice in this Kingdom, and as performing in an oversight role over the workings of the relevant legislation, and an advisory role over any possible loopholes in Government-sponsored legislation.
The other issue is that the role of A-G, in the last three terms of centre-left coalition government, has been something like a poisoned chalice. The Seneschál wants a safe pair of hands. I’m flattered, in that regard.
ETT: After such a run as Minister for Culture, what do you think was your greatest achievement?
Schivâ: Prüms Päçen în Ladîntsch. My primary interest has been production of basic learning materials for Talossan. I myself learned our national language out of Ben Madison’s Grammar, the kind of thing that only the most dedicated linguistic nerds are capable of. And that’s not the kind of thing that is appropriate for a national language. Thanks to the sterling efforts of el Ladîntsch Naziunál – which will hopefully continue under my successor – now every single citizen, whether a linguistic nerds or no, can learn the basics of ár glheþ and communicate in it. What a transformation since the days when the only person who actually spoke Talossan was its founder!
ETT: And by contrast, anything you wish you could have gotten around to but didn’t?
Schivâ: I was having fun with the concept of the “Miss Talossa” concept. I hope that one will continue. It’ll be funny.