HH Patrick Woolley, the Prince of Prospect (heir apparent to the throne) has exited the Cosa after missing two consecutive Clark votes, as announced by Secretary of State Marti-Pair Furxheir in his report on the May Clark. Prince Patrick, who is also a member of the Royal Commission on the Organic Law, had been assigned one seat by the RUMP following the 49th Cosa election.
According to the Organic Law, an MC who misses two consecutive Clark votes is deemed to have vacated his seat. Prince Patrick is the first MC of the 49th Cosa to lose his seats in this fashion. The RUMP has already reassigned the vacant seat to Bradley Holmes, who was himself among 4 MCs holding 31 seats who were stripped of their membership of the 48th Cosa due to inactivity.
Prince Patrick has not made any public statement since the Chancery announced the loss of his seat, and had not responded to a request for comment by ETT at the time of publication. His last posting on Wittenberg was an attempt to vote on the April Clark, to which S:reu Furxheir responded “sorry Parrick, you’re too late”.
RUMP leader Sir Alexandreu Davinescu told ETT that his party hoped the Prince of Prospect “would have time to be more active in Talossa this term”, but that “even though it didn’t work out, we don’t regret it”. He told ETT that he did not know the reason for Prince Patrick’s inactivity.
Distain and ModRad party leader Senator Lüc da Schir told ETT that “I’m sorry to see him go after only two Clarks, although I can’t see I didn’t saw it coming…as far as our Royal House is concerned this is really nothing new under the sun, so to speak”. The ModRad leader told ETT that “the House of Lupul has been going downhill for quite some time now”, and that this recent incident did not help the public perception of the monarchy.
The Distain also claimed that it was the already limited presence of Prince Patrick in Talossan affairs that led his party to oppose the latter’s nomination to a government post in March. The ModRad leader declined to state which post was involved. When asked about this claim, Sir Alexandreu Davinescu told ETT that “I don’t want to talk about discussions on any particular person” and that the government “worked really hard to find possible candidates for a number of positions”. He did declare that he “was happy with the great work we’re doing” with the team that was finally recruited.
FreeDem deputy leader Dr Txec dal Nordselvă told ETT that “frankly, I’m not surprised at all to hear that Prince Patrick is out of the Cosa after having failed to vote” and declared that “it is obvious that the Prince is either too busy with non-Talossa life or he is like his father in that he only gets involved when it is important to him”. The FreeDem MC claimed that “the royal family never do anything for Talossa”, and that the Prince “should resign [from the RCOR] as he is not active”.
When asked for his reaction to the latter point, Senator da Schir stated that he agreed that the Prince should resign from the RCOR, although he stated that it was “not because he’s Patrick — as a matter of principle, any appointed/elected official with no time to do his job should step aside.” Sir Alexandreu however declined to comment on the affairs of the RCOR, on the grounds that he was not a member of the Commission himself.
The Commission itself has become increasingly controversial in recent days, with FreeDem leader Miestrâ Schivâ repeating accusations that the RUMP had sabotaged its operations, and the Seneschal declaring that he was planning on prioritising projects with more potential for success.