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September Clark: TNC decimated, CCX out of Senäts

Secretary of State Marti-Pair Furxheir has announced that two-thirds of the TNC caucus, including leader and Foreign Minister Breneir Itravilatx, have forfeited their seats due to missing two consecutive Clark votes. And, while not yet officially confirmed by the Chancery, it would appear Fiova Senator C. Carlüs Xheraltescu had also lost his seat in el Senäts for the same reason.

S:reu Itravilatx, who is also Foreign Minister, created a surprise with the strong performance of his party in the 49th Cosa election. His activity appears however to have dwindled since the election, despite devising an ambitious foreign assistance scheme announced in the government activity plan.  Party colleague Tariq Zubair made an emotional appeal for aid earlier this year claiming threats from Islamist militants and police brutality in his home country of Pakistan.

The apparent loss of S:reu Xheraltescu also complicates further the party rebuilding pledged by FreeDem Acting Leader Senator Dien Tresplet. However in his interview with ETT published this week the FreeDem leader acknowledged that S:reu Xheraltescu had been occupied by extra-Talossan activities of late, so the forfeit of the former Seneschal is not completely unexpected. [ETT: the former Senator is the founder of this publication]

All bills on the Clark passed with token opposition in both houses, including the latest provincial assignments reform, and a previously controversial measure resurrected by ModRad MC Ian Plätschisch, which introduces “flexible” Cosa candidate lists. 

Despite the implosion of one of its constituent partirs, the coalition appears to be in no danger of collapse, and even a redistribution of TNC seats would not significantly change the arithmetic in the Cosa. In the end the government easily survived the Vote of Confidence, 109-38, with only FreeDem and Republican MCs voting contrâ.

Cabinet Crisis: Reshuffle announced as tone mounts in coalition dispute

Seneschal C. Carlus Xhertaltescù has informed the King that he is reshuffling his Cabinet. Senator Miestrâ Schivâ has been appinted Distain in place of MRPT leader Lüc da Schir. M.T Patritz da Biondeu MC has been appointed as Minister for Finance and for Stuff, replacing Senator da Schir in the former and Senator Sevastáin Pinátsch in the latter.

The reshuffle was prompted by the mass resignation of MRPT Ministers at the beginning of the week. Senator Pinátsch did not publicly join his party colleagues in their resignations and it is unclear at the time of writing if he communicated his resignation privately to the Seneschal or was dismissed as a consequence of the collapse of the coalition.

Mutual dissatisfaction among the coalition partners with the underperformance of the government in general has emerged as the proximate cause of the crisis. MRPT Ministers objected to what they claimed was an unfair and partisan attempt by FreeDem leaders to ascribe the coalition’s problems to their performance, and chose the final Clark of the 48th Cosa to publicly demonstrate their rejection of this.

In his most expansive public comments on the issue yet, Seneschal Xheraltescù declared that he had “made it clear” in Cabinet discussions that he was dissatisfied, but that the MRPT had failed “to take the decision” to replace an underperforming Minister from their party. This is thought to be a reference to Senator Pinàtsch.

The Seneschal also claimed that what he described as the “inability of [MRPT] ministers to communicate what their party was up to, and to communicate our legislative agenda to their own party did [the government] in somewhat too”. Although not confirmed at the time of writing, this may refer to a level of FreeDem discomfort with MRPT MC Ian Plätschisch’s legislative initiatives on Cosa reform and on attempts to resolve the Proclamation Crisis.

Branding this statement as “weak”, outspoken former Seneschal and MRPT MC Glüc da Dhi challenged the Seneschal’s leadership record stating that “a true PM” would have explicitly requested that the minister of Stuff be replaced, something Senator da Schir denies that the Seneschal actually did.

The Seneschal responded to S:reu da Dhi by declaring that while he accepted responsibility for the overall underperformance of the government it would be “ludicrous” for him to accept what he claimed was “the blame for [da Dhi’s] party’s role in slowing things down”. The Seneschal also declared that he would not “be gagged on where fault rests…I will be honest and upfront as I always have been”.

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.

Packed December Clark ushers 48th Cosa to an end

Secretary of State Marti-Pair Furxheir has published the 6th and final Clark of the 48th Cosa. Ten proposals have been submitted by MZs, including two Organic Law amendments-a record for the 48th Cosa, topping the eight measures listed in the 5th Clark.

The Mandatory Cosa Lists Amendment (48RZ35) has been reintroduced by Ian Plätschisch MC and C. Carlüs Xheraltescù MC after its defeat in the November Clark. The measure has not been changed since its first examination by the Ziu, but in his comments on Wittenberg S:reu Plätschisch expressed confidence in its eventual passage, stating that “the only reason it failed was because some senators forgot to vote”. Senator Miesträ Schivä however declared herself “not optimistic” about the amendment’s ultimate fate, as she anticipates a better turnout from RUMP MCs who a priori should have reservations about the introduction of mandatory candidate lists.

S:reu Plätschisch has also proposed Another Reformatting Bill (48RZ36), as “I like the law to look pretty” and “if I Clark a bill next month I will have Clarked a bill in all six Clarks”. The bill would amend the procedure around terpelaziun (interpellation) of Ministers by MZs.

Senator Magniloqueu Épiqeu da Lhiun, finding time from a busy schedule that according to the preamble of his bill includes auctions, snoring pets and avoiding his studies has published his direct democracy proposal, the long-gestating People Will Enact Amendment (48RZ37), as well as its accompanying ordinary legislation. This would offer groups of at least six citizens who are not Members of the Ziu the opportunity to propose legislation (but not amend the Organic Law). The proposed decree would then be approved (or otherwise) in a plebiscite. The amendment would also permit a group of eight citizens the ability to force a Ziu vote on a constitutional amendment.

Senator da Lhiun has also proposed The Hopes Will Come True Bill (48RZ38), a Talossan-language translation of the text of El Lexhatx, which previously expressed the “hope” that the legal code would be available in the national language.

Newly-appointed Attorney-General Senator Miestrâ Schivâ has proposed The Can’t You Guys Run A Simple Election Bill (48RZ29), an effort to establish a clear procedure for electing the Túischac’h of the Cosa, after the recent controversy that has left the lower house without a presiding officer for the whole of the 48th Cosa.

She has also proposed The Canton Borders Sing This Song Bill (48RZ30), which reorganises the legal provisions in El Lexhatx concerning the boundries of the provincial cantons, and The Arkell v. Pressdram Bill (48RZ32), which enshrines in Talossan law the notorious response of the British satirical magazine Private Eye to what it considered a vexatious attempt to intimidate it through the use of UK libel law.

Scribe of Abbavilla Munditenens-Txec Patritz da Biondeu-Garcia MC has proposed The Caught In The Act Bill (48RZ33) that would require all future legislation prclaimed by the monarchy to be physically signed in triplicate. One copy would be retained by the King, and one other each sent to the Scribe and the National Archivist, and provides a modest budget for the purpose.

Secretary of State Marti-Pair Furxheir has proposed The Database Accessibility and Protection Bill (48RZ31), that would create the Office of Royal Data Clerk, de jure separating the ofice of Secretary of State from the technical management of the national Database. A copy of the database would be presented over to the members of the Upperost Cort and the database itself would become the property of the nation. The creation of the Royal Data Clerkship has been a long-standing request of S:reu Furxheir, who is presently the owner of the Database, which he began as a private enterprise unconnected with his legal duties as Secretary of State.

Finally The BHAID Act of 2015 (48RZ34) has been proposed by Minister of Culture (and BHAID Governor) Françal Ian Lux MC. The Bill would provide legislative authority to the Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance to send the proceeds of the recent fundraising appeal to the project chosen by the Board of Governors, UNICEF refugee assisatnce in Syria (discussed by ETT here). [ETT: Inxheneu Crovâ is Administrator of BHAID]

El Tamlált Talossán 2015-10-15 06:40:56

Seneschal C. Carlüs Xheraltescù has announced a Cabinet reshuffle. Françal Ian Lux MC is appointed Minister of Culture, replacing Senator Miestrâ Schivâ UrN. The Senator herself has been appointed Attorney-General, replacing Vit Caçéir who is on an extended work-related sojourn in Antarctica. The King confirmed the nominations on 12th October.

S:reu Lux is a FreeDem MC, and is presently Deputy Minister of the Interior for Immigration. He is also a host of the Talossan Evening Chat Show, and was the outgoing party secretary of the Liberal Congress before the FreeDem merger. Senator Schivâ has been Minister of Culture since 2014, and was Distain of the 47th Cosa government.

Speaking to ETT, the Seneschal praised Senator Schivâ, stating that “I think she’s been the best Minister of Culture we’ve had in this country for a very long time!” When asked why such a senior figure had been appointed to what has lately been a less visible Cabinet position, the Seneschal stated that “the Office of Attorney-General…has historically been lacking in attention, and [the Senator’s] appointment should signify the fact that I want someone I can absolutely count on in a vital position such as that.”

The Seneschal also told ETT that the appointment of S:reu Lux, who is a relatively new Talossan citizen, is an example of “the advancement of new, enthusiastic and promising citizens [that] is absolutely something we should all be encouraging.” The Seneschal stated that he had “high expectations” for S:reu Lux’s service.

The appointments have been broadly welcomed in the Ziu. While praising the appointment of S:reu Lux specifically, RUMP leader Sir Alexandreu Davinescu MC, writing under the Berich’t Talossan Twitter account, questioned the appointment of Senator Schivâ, who is not a qualified lawyer, to the office of Attorney-General, descibing it as “odd”.

 

Tensions at LibCon convention: Rôibeardescù opposed to merger

As voting continues on the proposed merger of the Liberal Congress and ZRT parties, dissensions have emerged within LibCon. Senator Txosuè Éiric Rôibeardescù of Cezembre has denounced the proposal on the floor of the convention, claiming that his concerns about the character of the new party were not adequately addressed by the party’s leadership.

The Senator was expelled from the FreeDem alliance as a result of the controversy over the BEER Affair, but remains a member of the LIberal Congress party. Claiming that the party would “be flooded anti-monarchy, republican sympathisers” as a result of the merger and that the party was “not the one we founded less than a year ago”, the Senator further stated that he would under those circumstances abandon his membership. He urged fellow party members to halt the merger vote “instead of rushing into things we could actually make sure what we are doing is in the interest of the party”.

Seneschal C. Carlüs Xheraltescù responded to the Senator’s allegations by stating that it was too late under party rules to change votes on a motion once they had been cast. The Seneschal also accused Senator Rôibeardescù, who had claimed that his ability to challenge the proposal was reued by the party constitution of “pointlessly whin[ing] about something you could have changed if you cared enough about it”.

The Senator’s motion to halt the open vote on the convention floor and proceed to a secret ballot did not receive a second, and was thus not taken up by the convention. At the time of writing 5 votes have been cast in favour of the merger, with only Senator Rôibeardescù voting against.

48th Cosa: Seneschal calls for cut in Cosa seats

Seneschal C. Carlüs Xheraltescù has introduced a bill in the Hopper that would reduce the size of the Cosa to 10% of its present size. The bill, entitled the “Please Be Seated Amendment”, would amend the Organic Law to reduce the total number of seats in the lower house of the Ziu to twenty. At the moment the Cosa has two hundred seats, which is a ratio of 1 seat to 1.17 adult citizens.

The Bill’s preamble states that “political office should be more of a challenge to acquire” and that “competition can only result in a higher quality of public debates”. The reduced number of seats would be distributed according to the parties’ share of the vote as now, and the allocation of those seats would remain at the parties’ discretion. The coalition has however also committed to addressing the question of mandatory candidate lists during the 48th Cosa, and the Seneschal reiterated this pledge in the Ziu recently. Individual Members of the Cosa would also still be able to hold multiple seats, subject to the legal cap on the number of seats any one Member can hold.

The Bill addresses a Talossan peculiarity, known as the “one-man party”. At present there are more seats available in the Cosa than there are actual voters. Individual citizens may thus bypass not only the political parties but the need for any actual popular support whatsoever, and can become a member of the lower house of the Ziu merely on the basis of their own individual vote. Indeed, depending on the actual turnout one popular vote may actually entitle the MC-elect to two or more Cosa seats.

The Bill may also be an indirect attempt to reduce the extent to which party leaders can widely distribute seats in the Cosa, particularly to new citizens, an aspect which is underlined by some of the contributions made by coalition MZs to the debate in the Ziu. Critics of the practice claim this is a form of political patronage facilitated by the “EM200″ system, so named for its originators, Wes Erni and Robert Ben Madison. At the time of its introduction the latter reigned as King Robert I.

The Coalition Agreement called for a reduction of the size of the Cosa, but did not specify a target for this reduction. The MRPT manifesto proposed a reduction to sixty seats, would would impose a de facto threshold of approximately two votes in order to win representation in the Cosa. The FDA manifesto also committed the alliance to reducing the size of the Cosa, but did not specify a numerical target.

Reactions in the Ziu have been charged, with RUMP MZs criticising the bill for what they claim is its undermining of representativity. Both Sir Alexandreu Davinescu and Sir Cresti Siervicül, who are the most vocal RUMP MCs, have ruled out supporting any change in the size of the Cosa. Sir Alexandreu described the proposals as making the Cosa “less representative of the voter’s wishes”. He also urged the smaller parties in the Cosa to oppose the bill, stating that “the price we’d pay for this bill is too high, especially when all we’d get in return is making ourselves seem more elite and making our country less representative”.

In response to Sir Alexandreu’s statements, as well as the assertions by Sir Cresti that a reduction in the number of Cosa seats would have unpredictable and potentially unjust effects on the representation of smaller parties, TSP leader Gaglhen Fortaleça stated that “this bill walks in EXACTLY the wrong direction. Keep the Cosa as it is!”

Vocal MRPT MC Ian Plätschisch also criticised the bill, stating that the “drastic” reduction in the size of the Cosa would “eliminate the party dynamics that everyone knows and loves”, and that “20 [seats] is too small to allow even representation for smaller (not even necessarily 1 person) parties”.

Senator Miestrâ Schivâ defended the bill on the grounds that “I heartily support this bill, although I could be persuaded by any other electoral reforms which would make an effective threshold of 2 or 3 votes for winning a Cosa seat”. Arguing that the provincial assemblies were moribund due to the ease with which Cosa seats could be had, the Senator further accused the RUMP of fearing “this bill because it will mean they won’t be able to bring whoever they like into the Cosa using 0.5% of the legislature as a bribe.”

Françal Ian Lux MC stated that “the whole point of this bill is to allow the Cosa to be more effective and efficient with its work”, and claimed that the two hundred-seat Cosa led to “complacency”. He also stated that “if you only have 20 seats, only those who are truly involved AND worthy are the only ones who’ll get a seat. Even if it seems elitist and exclusive, I’d much rather have such an arraignment if it would benefit the government and the kingdom as a whole.”

The Seneschal indicated that he is open to compromise on the final seat total, and called upon the opposition to propose changes to the Bill that would achieve its aim of improving the quality of representation while addressing some of the concerns about the future of the smaller parties.

BEER Affair: Rôibeardescù resignation “good enough” for Seneschal

Responding to the statment issued by the Free Democratic Alliance Executive Committee, Seneschal C. Carlüs Xheraltescù has confirmed that troubled Senator Txosuè Rôibeardescù will for the moment remain a member of the Liberal Congress party, and has called for a halt in what he claims may “become a witch-hunt”. [Note: S:reu Xheraltescù is proprietor of ETT]

According to the Seneschal, who was travelling at the outset of the BEER Affair, “as far as I am concerned, resignation from the position of Commissioner [by Rôibeardescù] is good enough for me”. The embattled Senator, implicated in an attempt to influence a Member of the Cosa to drop a bill making extravagant extraterrestial land claims, remains suspended from the Free Democratic Alliance, of which the Liberal Congress is a constituent party.

The Seneschal stated that Senator Rôibeardescù’s admission of his personal difficulties and his resignation as Civil Service Commissioner took “guts as well as honour”, and expressed concern that further sanctions against the Senator would “become a witch-hunt”. The Seneschal further stated that the Senator’s political future “is up to the people of Cezembre”.

S:reu Xheraltescù also announced his resignation as Capitan (governor) of Fiova. The Seneschal cited lack of time since his appointment as head of the government. A by-election to fill the vacant position will be held later in August, with Ian Luïc C. Baptiçistà the only announced candidate so far.

BEER Affair: Rôibeardescù resignation “good enough” for Seneschal

Responding to the statment issued by the Free Democratic Alliance Executive Committee, Seneschal C. Carlüs Xheraltescù has confirmed that troubled Senator Txosuè Rôibeardescù will for the moment remain a member of the Liberal Congress party, and has called for a halt in what he claims may “become a witch-hunt”. [Note: S:reu Xheraltescù is proprietor of ETT]

According to the Seneschal, who was travelling at the outset of the BEER Affair, “as far as I am concerned, resignation from the position of Commissioner [by Rôibeardescù] is good enough for me”. The embattled Senator, implicated in an attempt to influence a Member of the Cosa to drop a bill making extravagant extraterrestial land claims, remains suspended from the Free Democratic Alliance, of which the Liberal Congress is a constituent party.

The Seneschal stated that Senator Rôibeardescù’s admission of his personal difficulties and his resignation as Civil Service Commissioner took “guts as well as honour”, and expressed concern that further sanctions against the Senator would “become a witch-hunt”. The Seneschal further stated that the Senator’s political future “is up to the people of Cezembre”.

S:reu Xheraltescù also announced his resignation as Capitan (governor) of Fiova. The Seneschal cited lack of time since his appointment as head of the government. A by-election to fill the vacant position will be held later in August, with Ian Luïc C. Baptiçistà the only announced candidate so far.

BEER Affair: Secret deal “purely my decision”, says Rôibeardescù

Senator Txosuè Éiric Rôibeardescù agreed to speak briefly to ETT giving his side of the affair. While declining to be quoted at length, as he was in a somewhat emotional state, he did share with ETT the following:

  • He felt very strongly that the BEER position should be filled, believing that it would have been “cool” to have such an office active. The Seneschal however declined the suggestion.
  • Becoming aware that Gaglhen Fortaleça was both enthusiastic about space issues and about to add a bill to the Clark claiming territory on the Moon which he found repugnant, the Senator claimed that he attempted to manipulate the situation in order to achieve both his aims simultaneously, “like on Game of Thrones”, i.e., activating BEER while neutralising legislation he felt would be disastrous.
  • He stated that at no time was the Seneschal or any other government figure aware of his scheme, which he said was “purely my decision”. He also claims that he did not deliberately lead Fortaleça to believe that the Seneschal was aware of or in agreement with his proposal.
  • He also confirmed his previous statements on Wittenberg claiming that he has been coping with some serious emotional issues recently which explain his erratic behaviour in the last few weeks.

Meanwhile a source close to the government has confirmed that the FDA’s internal disciplinary action against Senator Rôibeardescù is ongoing, but that a final decision on the Alliance’s next course of action may have to wait until after 4th August, when the Seneschal returns from a trip abroad.

No official comment has been made by the FDA leadership on the status of the disciplinary action or what sanctions are envisaged since Senator Miestrâ Schivâ stated yesterday evening that she supported the expulsion of Senator Rôibeardescù from the Alliance.