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October Clark: One for the road…

The results of the final Clark of the 49th Cosa were published by the Chancery this week.

Without surprise,the government easily survived the last VoC of the term, 94 votes Për to 18 Contrâ. However due to absent coalition MCs the government did so without achieving an absolute majority of seats.

RUMP leader Sir Alexandreu Davinescu unexpectedly failed to vote on the Clark, a first for him in a number of years. Sir Alexandreu was among 5 MCs, representing 50 of the 200 seats in the Cosa, who failed to vote on the Clark.

It was a disappointing Clark for Secretary of State Marti-Pair Furxheir, who saw both of his attempts to reform the term of office of the Cosa fail. The head of the Chancery is not an MZ but may in principle Clark bills relating to electoral matters.

The twin proposals would ended the need for the King to formally dissolve the Cosa at the end of its term . They would also have closed the possibity of early dissolution by fixing the term of office of the lower house, but in the case of the first would have extended that term of office to a year, and the second would have limited the usual six-month term to five Clarks. 

A related measure that would have granted the Seneschal the authority to recess the Ziu for both July and August, proposed by ModRad Senator Epic da Lhiun, was also defeated, this time due to Senäts opposition.

It was also an unfortunate Clark for the Organic Law Standing Committee, whose second set of Organic Law amendments proposed by ModRad MC Ian Plätschisch were abandoned due to the last-minute discovery of a drafting error in the bill. The OLSC is a working group of interested MZs from different parties who seek to remove redundancies and inappropriate clauses from the constitution. 

By contrast, the Ziu looked more favourably upon reform proposals made bySeneschal Sir Cresti Siervicül and FreeDem leader Senator Dien Tresplet.

Sir Cresti successfully called on the Ziu to close the door on elections for the Túischac’h of the Cosa, a reform first introduced in 2014 and which has remained controversial in practice since. Sir Cresti’s bill, if approved by referendum, will return to the previous system of appointment by the Crown on the nomination of the Seneschal, but with the Seneschal now legally required to consult other party leaders beforehand. 

Senator Tresplet’s bill would remove an historical reference to the punishment of “anti-Talossan activities” in the Organic Law. The Senator claimed that the use of the term was reminiscent of “McCarthyism” and inappropriate in modern Talossa, with which the Ziu apparently agreed, sending the amendment to referendum.

October Clark: One for the road…

The results of the final Clark of the 49th Cosa were published by the Chancery this week.

Without surprise,the government easily survived the last VoC of the term, 94 votes Për to 18 Contrâ. However due to absent coalition MCs the government did so without achieving an absolute majority of seats.

RUMP leader Sir Alexandreu Davinescu unexpectedly failed to vote on the Clark, a first for him in a number of years. Sir Alexandreu was among 5 MCs, representing 50 of the 200 seats in the Cosa, who failed to vote on the Clark.

It was a disappointing Clark for Secretary of State Marti-Pair Furxheir, who saw both of his attempts to reform the term of office of the Cosa fail. The head of the Chancery is not an MZ but may in principle Clark bills relating to electoral matters.

The twin proposals would ended the need for the King to formally dissolve the Cosa at the end of its term . They would also have closed the possibity of early dissolution by fixing the term of office of the lower house, but in the case of the first would have extended that term of office to a year, and the second would have limited the usual six-month term to five Clarks. 

A related measure that would have granted the Seneschal the authority to recess the Ziu for both July and August, proposed by ModRad Senator Epic da Lhiun, was also defeated, this time due to Senäts opposition.

It was also an unfortunate Clark for the Organic Law Standing Committee, whose second set of Organic Law amendments proposed by ModRad MC Ian Plätschisch were abandoned due to the last-minute discovery of a drafting error in the bill. The OLSC is a working group of interested MZs from different parties who seek to remove redundancies and inappropriate clauses from the constitution. 

By contrast, the Ziu looked more favourably upon reform proposals made bySeneschal Sir Cresti Siervicül and FreeDem leader Senator Dien Tresplet.

Sir Cresti successfully called on the Ziu to close the door on elections for the Túischac’h of the Cosa, a reform first introduced in 2014 and which has remained controversial in practice since. Sir Cresti’s bill, if approved by referendum, will return to the previous system of appointment by the Crown on the nomination of the Seneschal, but with the Seneschal now legally required to consult other party leaders beforehand. 

Senator Tresplet’s bill would remove an historical reference to the punishment of “anti-Talossan activities” in the Organic Law. The Senator claimed that the use of the term was reminiscent of “McCarthyism” and inappropriate in modern Talossa, with which the Ziu apparently agreed, sending the amendment to referendum.

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”.

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.

BREAKING: Plätschisch votes against confidence, claims MRPT are ending support for government

In a surprise announcement, Deputy Minister Ian Plätschisch MC has announced that he is voting against confidence in the coalition. S:reu Plätschisch, who is a candidate for party leader, claims that “the MRPT is tired of being a scapegoat” and that “the MRPT Ministers have resigned, myself included, on the basis of no longer possessing the trust of the Seneschal, and as such the MRPT’s trust in the government has suffered even more”.

In his “Public Notice of Resignation” posted on Wittenberg shorty after the announcement of his vote against confidence, S:reu Plätschisch expanded on the reasons for the apparent breakup of the coalition. Declaring that in the first case, “if the MRPT Ministers really the problem, we should get out and start anew”. However, it what he characterised as the “more likely” scenario, that the MRPT ministers are being “scapegoated” for a collective failure “we do not wish to work with a party who ignores our achievements while pretending they do all of the heavy lifting”.

At the time of writing no official statement has been made by the incumbent party leader, Senator Lüc da Schir, and no discussion of withdrawal from the government is visible on the MRPT party forum.

S:reu Plätschisch was Dputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Deputy Minister of Immigration. In discussions at the 5th MRPT paty conference he has stated that he feels that a renewed coalition with the FDT was “unlikely” after the 49th Cosa election, even if he had no objection to it in principle.

Speaking to ETT yesteray, before S:reu Plätschisch’s announcement was made public, RUMP leader Sir Alexandreu Davinescu MC stated that “I absolutely think that the Moderate Radicals would be excellent potential partners in the new term, not just because they’re also advocates for the monarchy, but because I know several individuals of extraordinary talent in the party who could provide great competence and energy to any government”.

Also speaking to ETT before Plätschisch’s announcement, and in the absence of FDT party leader Senator Munditenens Tresplet for family reasons, Senator Miestrâ Schivâ confirmed that “the question of whether the FreeDems will even consider forming part of a coalition government next time is still being discussed”. She did however say that in her opinion “Ián Plätschisch is, I think, being flattered and manipulated by some very clever RUMP politicians” and that “the question of the monarchy, or even the hereditary monarchy, is NOT the most vital thing facing Talossa at the moment”. Speaking in a personal capacity, Senator Schivâ stated that “the Free Democrats [should] try to become the largest party next time and set up a majority or minority single-party government” but that if this was not possible “sitting on the other benches for a while wouldn’t be a disaster”.

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”.

MRPT Conference opens: A “moderate, practical, and realistic” party says Plätschisch

Conference leader Ian Plâtschisch MC opened the 5th MRPT Party Conference with a appeal to his fellow party members to “contiue to advance the moderate, practical, and realistic ideals we have always stood for”. Stating that the party “bridges the gap between Talossa’s conservatives and liberals”, S:reu Plätschisch claimed that the “necessity of moderatism, and why the moderate movement will always be a driving force in our politics”.

S:reu Plätschisch also stated that during the 48th Cosa “our ministers have served soundly, our legislators have advanced our progressive, yet prudent and thoughtful, agenda, and our members have worked to make Talossa a better and happier place”. The reference to the work of MRPT ministers may be an indirect rebuke to criticism from the opposition but also from within the coalition of the performance of those ministers.

S:reu Plätschisch also revealed the schedule of the conference, with a vote on the party leadership to be held from the 1st to 5th of January 2016, and the selection of candidates for the Cosa and Senäts from the 8th to 12th January.

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]

BHAID: 118$ for UNICEF, Administrator steps down

Françal Ian Lux MC has publised the BHAID Act of 2015, which if passed by the Ziu will authorise the Kingdom’s Bureau of Humanitarian Aid and International Development to donate the proceeds of the recently concluded BHAID appeal to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). As reported in ETT this weekend, US$130 was raised in donations. After processing fees the amount available for the donation is US$118.17. [ETT: Inxheneu Crovâ donated $50 to the appeal]

According to its official website UNICEF was founded in December 1946 to provide aid to children displaced by the Second World War. In 1953 its mission was made perpetual, and in 1965 it was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The organsation is active in 192 countries working to promote the health, nutrition and education of children.

S:reu Lux’s legislation states that the Governors of BHAID decided to support UNICEF due to its work with refugees from the civil war in Syria. UNICEF is seeking to raise US$624 million in funding for 2015 alone to support its efforts to help children and their families displaced by the conflict.

The proposal was welcomed by RUMP leader Sir Alexandreu Davinescu MC, who described the organisation as “highly-rated by most charity auditors” and that it “seems like a good choice”. He also congratulated BHAID on “a good job”. Ian Plätschisch MC, a Governor of BHAID along with S:reu Lux, has requested to be added as a co-sponsor of the Bill.

BHAID is supervised by a Board of Governors, including an Administrator. It was announced yesterday that the incumbent Administrator Dr. Prithi Singh Ravish would no be continuing in the role. The reasons for the resignation are not clear but Foreign Minister Breneir Itravilatx stated that Dr Ravish’s resignation had “something to do with Talossans not being recognized in the international arena”. The Minister further announced that he would be assuming the role of Administrator temporarily until a replacement can be found.

October Clark published: still no vote on Tuischac’h

The October Clark has been published by the Chancery. Four bills have been included. No constutional amendments have been clarked this month, so all measures require only a simple majority of both houses of the Ziu to pass.

The Sense of the Ziu on Sustainable Development and Climate Change was proposed by Foreign Minister Breneir Itravilatx MC. As previously featured in ETT, the resolution provoked controversy during its Hopper discussion, with MZs questioning both its pertinence to Talossa and fearing a resurgence of “topical” controversies. The Minister denied any intention to isolate or distress Talossans who do not accept climate change but argued that the enormity of the climate problem and its global scope called for a moral and political response from the Kingdom. As a “Sense of the Ziu” resolution, the measure requires a simple majority in both houses to pass.

The Royal Commission on the Organic Law Bill was proposed by Culture Minister and FreeDem Senator Miestrâ Schivâ, and co-sponsored by the Seneschal. The Bill was proposed in response to apparent public interest in a thorough revision of the Organic Law. It provides for a Royal Commission to be established, with members nominated by the parties represented in the Ziu as well as by the Crown. The Commission will investigate the need for an entirely new Organic Law, or will propose specific changes to the existing document. The Bill received sustained criticism from the RUMP but also from certain MRPT MZs, both in the substance of its proposals, but also in its form. The Bill has been criticised for giving too wide a remit to the Commission, and for a lack of pluralism in its composition. MRPT Senator Magniloqueu Épiqeu da Lhiun has already announced his opposition to the measure, insisting that in his view that it was premature to clark the Bill in its current form, and Ian Plätschisch MC has predicted its likely defeat.

The Where Did I Put My Wig Bill, proposed by Ian Plätschisch MC, moves the part of El Lexhatx dealing with the ceremonial tokens of office of various government officials from section “A. General Crime” to section “F. Culture” of the legal code, but otherwise leaves it unchanged. As a statute, the Bill require simple majorities in both house of the Ziu to pass.

Finally, the Science Rules! Bill, also proposed by S:reu Plätschisch, would create a “Royal Academy for the Advancement of Knowledge” that would absorb the functions of what the Bill describes as the “largely inactive” University of Talossa as well as the research functions of BEER (the Talossan space agency). The mission of the Society would be to promote scientific enquiry, since in the words of the Bill “science rules, and we should do more of it”.

One measure that was not included in the October Clark, much to the public dismay of the Seneschal, was the long-delayed election of a Tuischac’h (President of the Cosa). Sir Alexandreu Davinescu and MT Patritz da Blondeu both put themselves forward as candidates for the post in July. Despite repeated requests from the Seneschal and growing disquiet among CZs unspecified technical difficulties have kept the election of the Tuischac’h off the ballot as of the time of writing. The Secretary of State, citing family issues, has himself actually proposed proceeding to a voice vote since the Organic Law is silent on precisely how MCs are to elect their President, aside from requiring a simple majority vote of the Cosa. Apart from the absence of a presiding officer in Cosa debate the repeated failure to elect a Tuischac’h makes the operation of the Civil Service Commission impossible. This body is composed of the Civil Service Commissioner and the two presiding officers of the houses of the Ziu.