Category Archives: Socialists

Túischac’h Vote: da Bondieu won’t seek Speakership based on contested election

The Uppermost Cort has dismissed the suit brought by MCs Dama Litz Cjantscheir and S:reu Nicolas Hayes seeking to block S:reu MT Patritz da Bondieu MC from assuming office as Túischac’h (Cosa Speaker).

This follows an agreement between the parties that da Bonideu, who is also Scribe of Abbavilla and in happier news has recently married, agreed not to seek office based on the results of the election, which da Bonideu won 65 seats to 60, defeating RUMP leader Sir Alexandreu Davinscu MC. Justice Txec dal Nordselvă confirmed that the injuction issued by the Cort blocking da Bonideu from assuming office based on the contested election would however continue.

Da Bonideu’s unexpected victory appears to have been due to the absence of a number of MCs from the vote, including Hayes and Dama Litz. They claimed in their suit that the procedure for voting did not make enough provision for informing MCs, and that they were not obliged to check the Wittenberg forum, which is where parliamentary discussion actually take place, as it is a private enterprise. The voiding of the original election leaves the office of Speaker vacant as the 48th Cosa enters its final Clark, and also means the the Funziun Commitee, the body that oversees the planned civil service system, remains unappointed.

IN other news, the apparent forfeiture of the seats held by independent MC Nicholas Hayes, which initially saw him struck from the list of plaintiffs on the grounds that he had no longer any standing in the case, appears to have been the result of confusion in the Chancery. Dama Litz stated to the Cort that Hayes had “voted by email to the SoS’ email account before the deadline had elapsed”. This was later confirmed by the Secretary of State. The other MCs concerned, RUMP MC Bradley Collin Holmes and the entire parlimaentary contingent of the Socialist Party have however not challenged the loss of their seats, due to their failure to vote in consecutive Clarks.

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.

Civil Service Commissioner resigns amidst corruption allegations

In it’s latest issue (26th July 2015), Beric’ht Talossan has alleged that Senator Txosuè Éiric Rôibeardescù attempted to persuade Socialist leader Gaglhen Fortaleça MC to withdraw a controversial bill posted to the Hopper that would extend territorial claim to the Moon by offering him the post of head of the national space exploration agency, BEER (Bureau of Space Exploration & Rocketry). Following the revelations and facing general criticism from both government and opposition MZs, Senator Rôibeardescù has resigned as Civil Service Commissioner, but has announced that he intends to remain as Senator for Cezembre, an office to which he was elected unopposed at the 48th Cosa general election in 2015.

The Civil Service Commissioner had initially announced on 14th July that he was offering the job to S:reu Fortaleça. Opposition MZs immediately criticised the appointment as being not only beyond the powers of the Commissioner but improperly done, since the post was neither advertised nor apparently even available to be filled. This was confirmed by Seneschal C. Carlüs Xheraltescù himself, who stated that he had specifically informed the Commissioner that the Bureau was to remain vacant (Note: Xheraltescù is the publisher of ETT). Fortaleça, expressing surprise at the hostility over the manner of his appointment, then resigned to allow a formal application process to go forward.

Beric’ht alleges that Senator Rôibeardescù and S:reu Fortaleça had made a secret agreement that the former would appoint the latter as head of BEER in return for not clarking a bill he had introduced in the Hopper to extend the Kingdom’s territorial claims to the Moon.

S:reu Fortaleça had published his proposed bill in the Hopper on 7th July. The Claiming the Moon Bill would have extended a territorial claim to the Mare Imbrium region of the Moon. Facing general scepticism, S:reu Fortaleça defended his legislation by making an analogy with Talossa’s long-standing claim to a portion of Antarctica, known as the territory of Pengopäts. Senator Rôibeardescù was one of the most vocal opponents of the bill during the Hopper debate. On 13th July S:reu Fortaleça declared that due to some (possibly facetious) support expressed for the zaniness of the proposal, he was prepared to add the bill to the next Clark. On 14th July, as mentioned above, he was appointed as head of BEER by Senator Rôibeardescù, and has not proceeded with his bill since.

According to later statements made on Witteberg, after the unexpected controversy S:reu Fortaleça approached the Seneschal privately to get to the bottom of the matter, and subsequently spoke to Beric’ht Talossan editor Sir Alexandreu Davinescu. After the Beric’ht story became public on 26th July, Senator Rôibeardescù then confronted S:reu Fortaleça on Wittenberg, where Senator Rôibeardescù, who was outraged by what he saw as press mistreatment and personal betrayal, and under the influence of alcohol (as he has himself acknowledged) proceeded to claim that S:reu Fortaleça was afraid to face him, and that he was resigning as Civil Service Commissioner, but remaining as Senator for Cezembre. He has also however publicly accepted that S:reu Fortaleça’s account of the incident as given to Beric’ht is correct.

Condemnation of the alleged corruption and of Senator Rôibeardescù’s subsequent behaviour has been swift and general. Senator Miestrâ Shivâ announced that she would be asking the steering committee of the Free Democratic Alliance to withdraw Senator Rôibeardescù’s membership. Senatorial colleagues Sevastáin Pinátsch of Atatûrk and Lüc sa Schir of Benito have called on Senator Rôibeardescù to consider his position in the Senate. Senator Magniloqueu Épiqeu da Lhiun has stated that the Senator may face “consequences” in the Senate, and that he may well face prosecution in the Uppermost Cort, despite his claim that he could avoid prosecution due to the media coverage. Beric’ht editor Alexandreu Davincesu has stated on Twitter that he is impressed by the swift government response, but questions whether the Civil Service programme, which is a major policy goal of the Seneschal, can survive the scandal. Beric’ht also reports via Twitter that the Seneschal is travelling but that a staement is expected from him shortly.

Senator Rôibeardescù himself has not directly commented this morning, except to post a “Senatorial Office” message in the Cezembre provincial board, stating that he was “waiting for someone to come and deservedly shout at me”. He has attempted to explain his conduct the previous evening to personal difficulties dealing with depression. The Senator had already created controversy in the days leading up to the publication of the Beric’ht article by abstaining on the vote on the Democratic Amendment, to the public incredulity of a number of government figures.

48th Cosa: July Clark published, seat allocations begin

Secretary of State Marti-Pair Furxheir has announced the publication of the July 2015 Clark. The SoS decided to proceed with the publication on the basis that while the Election Commission is still studying the results of the referenda held alongside the 48th Cosa election, they have validated the votes cast for elections to the Ziu.

The Clark is published each month during the term of each Cosa. Each Clark at minimum must contain a Vote of Confidence. The July Clark contains four bills for consideration, as well as the VoC. The bills include the Democratic Amendment  that would if passed eliminate the right claimed by the King to effectively veto amendments to the Organic Law (sparking the so-called “Proclamation Crisis“).

In order to vote on bills in the Clark, political parties must provide the allocation of their seats to the Chancery. At the time of writing the MRPT FreeDem and TSP seats have been allocated, according to the Database. Thus far TSP leader Galen Zaval-Sherby has announced his support for three of the four bills, abstaining on the “We Had a Short Amendment Buried in a Larger One Bill” as well as voting confidence in the government.

Duck Season! Rabbit Season! (Tortoise, Seahorse, Dog, and Griffin Season!)

If you haven’t noticed by now, then you’re probably not paying very much attention. Tis the season to be jolly  exercise your democratic right to vote, and boy do you have some difficult choices to make if you haven’t yet made them.

With less than a week to go before polls close, the election looks to be an interesting one (as though there’s such a thing as a boring election, sheesh)! Electors will not only face a plethora of electoral decisions applicable to both national and provincial legislatures, but they will also have the opportunity to fundamentally change the Talossan constitution with referendums to amend the Organic Law.

Largely, these amendments take the form of changes to the way in which Talossan elections are conducted, and they ought to be taken very seriously. Changing the rules of the game is no small or insignificant decision, so no matter which party you vote for, please do take an extra 10 minutes to make sure your voice is heard on these important issues!

Meanwhile, parties will surely be preparing themselves for what the future holds. The great thing about elections is that we the people are able to determine exactly what the future holds for these parties. Here’s a quick ideological summary of what each party stands for (in alphabetical order):

Free Democrats (the Griffin): an electoral alliance between liberals and republicans campaigning on the principles of freedom, privacy, and democracy. Its leader is the proprietor of this news bin and current Interior Minister: Carlus Xheraltescu (me!).

Moderate Radicals (the Seahorse): an ageing party of centrist reformers who have led the previous two coalitions by virtue of being the largest coalition partner in both. Its leader is the current Seneschal: Luc da Schir.

Progressives (the Dog): as the name suggests, a party of progressives whose ideals derive from a desire to see Talossa become more of a utopian city on the hill. Its leader is the current Finance Minister: Owen Edwards

RUMP (the Tortoise): the oldest of the parties currently contesting the election is inherently conservative in its outlook. Its purpose is to protect the monarchy as it currently is above all else. Its leader is the current leader of the opposition and Editor of Beric’ht Talossan: S:reu Alexandreu Davinescu

Talossan Socialists (the … err mystery?): the newest of the competing parties was formed by newly naturalised citizen Galen Zavala-Sherby with the intention of fighting for socialist principles in Talossa.

 

We hope you get a chance to vote! Please head over to Wittenberg to cast your vote publicly, or reply to the e-mail the Chancery has sent you if you’d like to keep the decision between you and the ballot box.