Category Archives: 49th Cosa

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Senator Tresplet’s bill would remove an historical reference to the punishment of “anti-Talossan activities” in the Organic Law.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.

Miestrâ Schivâ breaks silence, claims RUMP could win “by default”

Former FreeDem party leader Dama Miestrâ Schivâ has broken her self-imposed silence following her retirement from national politics in June.The FreeDem MC was responding to @ElTamlalt‘s latest revelations about the disarray in the TNC. 

Tamás Ónodi, the remaining TNC MC, told ETT that to his knowledge the party did not have any internal discussion forum or mailing list, and that he had no personal insight into the circumstances surrounding the exit of party leader Breneir Itravilatx from the Cosa. This deepens the mystery surrounding the fate of the upstart ModRad splinter group, which enjoyed a surprisingly strong showing in tbe 49th Cosa election before apparently fading away over the Summer.

Dama Miestrâ claimed that this revelation demonstrated that the TNC had “sold a bill of goods” to the electorate, having a “nice manifesto but no structure backing it up”. The then FreeDem leader had in fact clashed with S:reu Itravilatx when already making this point during the election campaign.

She also revealed that she would consider returning to public life if “made a good offer” and if the discourse on Wittenberg did not “anger” her. She also claimed that in contrast to the TNC the FreeDems continued to have a “structure, despite retirement and absences”. She deflected questions on the FreeDem attitude to coalition, stating that it was up to party leader Senator Dien Tresplet to respond.

Cabinet Chief of Staff and Finance Minister Sir Alexandreu Davinescu, also commenting on Twitter, called on Dama Miestrâ and other absent FreeDem leaders to return to activity, claiming that their absence was “bad for everyone” in the country, and that they should continue to play a role even if they were not in power.

Dama Schivâ described this as “hypocritical” and said that the withdrawl of FreeDem leadership was due to the what she claimed was the “win-at-all costs mendacity” of the Crown and the RUMP party. She also claimed that conservative forces could win the election for the 50th Cosa “by default, rulers of a burnt out shell”.

Despite questioning from @ElTamlalt in response to his intervention the Chief of Staff did not offer any statement on the status of S:reu Itravilatx as Foreign Minister. 

The coalition has still not publicly addressed the effective collapse of the junior partner in the alliance, despite the TNC leader nominally continuing to be a member of Cabinet. Senior coalition members have also not responded to questions on the status of the Foreign Ministry’s projects as listed in the Activities Plan issued early in the term.

Opinion: Coalition must level with the people

The three party coalition that took office after the 49th Cosa general election promised accountable and transparent government that “got things done”.It has, to an extent. 

The indefatigable Sir Alexandreu Davinescu, despite having a young baby in the house, has received over 30 identity card applications, and is steadily working through the demand. The Kingdom’s social media is back in government control, even if seems to have been rarely used. Coalition members have led the successful effort to legislate for provincial assignment and Cosa reforms, previously controversial measures that in the end passed with overwheling support in the Ziu.

However, when compared to the ambitious targets laid out in the Activity Report the results are meagre. The lack of interest displayed by most Ministers in their actual portfolios is flagrant. Important projects that would improve the Talossan experience, like Telecommuna, or just be cool, like coins, have clearly stalled. And while legal reform is worthy, it is not the stimulus the country needs, culturally, socially or politically. 

The feeble state of the FreeDems, despite the valiant efforts of Dien Tresplet, should not suggest government strength, but merely that the rot has spread. The experience in government was not kind to the FreeDems, and life seems to be taking its historic leaders away from Talossa, which can only be regretted. For the moment it leaves the Senator from Maricopa a general without an army.

It is also a fact that of the three parties in the coalition, only the TNC actually experienced an increase in support in the 49th Cosa election. The RUMP continued their steady decline in support, and lost their position as largest party. The ModRads lost a quarter of their votes compared to the 48th Cosa election. Only the TNC, winning 14% of the vote from a standing start, can truly be said to have enjoyed popular enthusiasm.

For all these reasons, I feel it is imperative that the Seneschal make a statement to the Cosa on the state of his government and what role, if any, the TNC now play in it. At the very least, the government needs to reassess its priorities and release Ministers from the burden of titular responsibility. A clearing of the air is required.

If it transpires that this incident is a sign that the TNC has collapsed, it may be time for Sir Cresti to go to the King and request a dissolution. It may not be the most convenient timing for the parties, but electoralism is a proven shot in the arm for the country, and the TNC’s voters deserve to have their say if their champion has left the field. 

Government silent on consequences of TNC travails

The government has remained tight-lipped about the future of the TNC in the coalition. This follows the loss of Cosa seats by two of the party’s three MCs for failing to vote on two consecutive Clarks. At the time of writing it appears now ex-MC Breneir Itravilatx remains in place as Foreign Minister.

Seneschal Sir Cresti Siervicül and ModRad party leader Senator Lüc da Schir had not responded to questions from ETT at the time of writing. ETT asked about the status of the Foreign Minister, and whether any sanctions would arise from a lack of engagement in government business, should this be the case.

Cabinet Chief of Staff Sir Alexandreu Davinescu, the most senior government figure to publicly comment on the situation, asked “wonder what is going on with him [i.e., S:reu Itravilatx]”. Sir Alexandreu had not responded to a request from ETT for further comment at the time of writing. 

The RUMP leader was a fierce critic of what he claimed was the inactivity of the previous government, and during the 49th Cosa election campaign called for greater accountability for recalcitrant Ministers, including their removal from office for non-performance.

Asked by ETT if the expulsion of the TNC MCs would in his opinion effect their participation in the coalition, ModRad MC and Minister of STUFF Ian Plätschisch would only say that “it is not my place to speculate on the future of the TNC, that is for the voters to decide”.

Opposition leader Senator Dien Tresplet was philosophical about the events, telling ETT that “it’s common for Ministers to disappear, regardless of what party leads the government”. He also expressed disappointment at his party colleague C. Carlüs Xheraltescu’s loss of the Fiova Senate seat, though he claimed that “with the general level of activity we’ve seen the last few months, I’m honestly surprised more people haven’t lost seats in the Ziu”.

Attempts to contact S:reux Itravilatx, Zubair and Tamás Ónodi, who is the sole survivor of the TNC caucus, have as yet been unsuccessful. Both Itravilatx and Zubair have however been active recently on social media. Ónodi last logged on to Wittenberg in early September, according to his profile.

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.

SoS opens discussion on 12-month Cosa term

Secretary of State Marti-Pair Furxheir has introduced a proposal to alter the present 6-month term of office of the Cosa. 

The head of the Chancery is not a Member of the Ziu but has the Organic Law right to introduce bills for discussion into the legislative Hopper. While stating that he himself is “not sure it is a good idea”, he has decided to advance the debate around fixed election cycles, which was a major source of conflict berween the Crown and the then government during the 48th Cosa.

S:reu Furxheir outlined two proposals in his Bill. The first would reduce the term of the Cosa from “roughly” six months to five, and fix the election dates in December and June of each year. The second proposal would fix the general election date in January of each year, with a four-month “session” every six months, with a recess in July and August. 

Seneschal Sir Cresti Siervicül stated that as he appreciates the “tradition” of both the six clark term and the possibility of early dissolution, he would have to weigh the proposals carefully. However he also stated that in contemplating an annual Cosa he would have suggested a similar schema. 

ModRad Senator Epic da Lhiun also welcomed the discussion, in particular the recess proposal, stating that during the Summer months governments are “burdened” by public apathy. 

While expressing reservations about the timing of the election in the proposals, and promising more details about his own thoughts on a 12-month Cosa, ModRad MC Glüc da Dhi also welcomed the proposal.

September Clark published amidst continued apathy

Secretary of State Marti-Pair Furxheir has published the fifth Clark of the 49th Cosa. The Clark is published against a background of low activity on Wittenberg which most political figures are currently ascribing to Summer fatigue.

The Clark contains four bills including two constitutional amendments. 

Minister of STUFF Ian Plätschisch MC has reintroduced his previous bid to make candidate lists for Cosa elections mandatory. The ModRad MC had previously attempted to.change the electoral law in 2015, without success.

S:reu Plätschisch has also proposed two other bill, the Rephrasing Cultural Suggestions Bill, and the Provincial Assignment Simplification Bill. The former continues the ModRad MCs ongoing campaign to remove what he cobsiders outdated or impractical clauses from El Lexhatx. The latter, makes the process of changing province easier for citizens who wish to change their assignment following a change of residence.

Minister of Finance Sir Alexandreu Davinescu MC introduced a bill based on the work of the Organic Law Standing Committee that simplifies the constitutional treatment of the rules around the publication of the Clark, moving certain details from the constiution to El Lexhatx.

No FreeDem MZ has proposed or sponsored a bill in the Clark, for the second Clark of the term. Party activity has declined markedly over the Summer, with two FreeDem MCs losing their seats for failing to vote in the August Clark.

Former FreeDem leader Miestrâ Schivâ, who resigned earlier in the Summer, was forced to intervene to allocate the vacated seats, claiming that “our acting leader [Justice Txec dal Nordselvã] appears to have gone fishin’ so I have to do this”. 

Dr dal Nordselvã had not responded to previous requests by ETT for comment. Senator Munditenens Tresplet, an ephemeral leader of the party himself, told ETT that he ascribed the low level of party activity to the “low-period” also being experienced by the other parties. He insisted that “the country will be jolted back to life once we begin the next election season”.

August Clark results published

Secretary of State Marti-Pair Furxheir has published the results of the August Clark.

All three bills submitted, which were ordinary legislation, were passed by both houses of the Ziu by large majorities, though the (Modified)Boundaries of Religious Freedom Act saw a larger level of abstention than other bills. 

The government maintained the confidence of the Cosa 130 seats to 18, but with 52 seats not voting.

Freedem MCs Chirbi Scherpa-Carreido and Óïn Ursüm, as well as TNC MC Daviu Lundescu failed to vote in two consecutive Clarks and thus lose their seats in the Cosa. Of the 52 seats not voting, 21 are held by the TNC, and 31 by the FreeDems. Two Senators, Mhà la Mhà and C Carlüs Xheraltescù, also failed to vote on the Clark.

S:reu Furxheir remarked on Wittenberg that «there was a low turnout, but then this is August».

August Clark results published

Secretary of State Marti-Pair Furxheir has published the results of the August Clark.

All three bills submitted, which were ordinary legislation, were passed by both houses of the Ziu by large majorities, though the (Modified)Boundaries of Religious Freedom Act saw a larger level of abstention than other bills. 

The government maintained the confidence of the Cosa 130 seats to 18, but with 52 seats not voting.

Freedem MCs Chirbi Scherpa-Carreido and Óïn Ursüm, as well as TNC MC Daviu Lundescu failed to vote in two consecutive Clarks and thus lose their seats in the Cosa. Of the 52 seats not voting, 21 are held by the TNC, and 31 by the FreeDems. Two Senators, Mhà la Mhà and C Carlüs Xheraltescù, also failed to vote on the Clark.

S:reu Furxheir remarked on Wittenberg that «there was a low turnout, but then this is August».