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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.

Seneschal pledges amendment to scrap Tuischac’h elections

Seneschal Sir Cresti Siervicül has told ETT that he intends to “propose an OrgLaw amendment to put things back the way they were” with respect to the selection of the Lord Speaker of the Cosa, the Tuischac’h.

The Seneschal’s comments came as the Cosa finds itself without a presiding officer following the resignation of Miestrâ Schivâ in June. According to the Organic Law, a “conclave” of MCs to elect a new Tuischac’h is assembled either by the outgoing Tuischac’h or by the oldest MC, if the former is not available.

Prior to 2014, the Speaker was appointed by the King on the nomination of the Seneschal. Subsequently, the Cosa was granted the power to elect its own presiding officer. The new process has however been plagued with difficulties, with the first election challenged in el Cort Inalt for irregularities in its organisation. 

Sir Cresti, who opposed the abandonment of royal appointment, told ETT that “before [the reform] I would simply have advised the King to appoint a replacement. But my hands are kind of tied.” He therefore advocates a return to the historic system.

Sir Cresti has asked the current most senior MC, FreeDem acting leader Txec dal Nordselva, to proceed with the organisation of the election. However this has not yet been started at the time of writing. Dr dal Nordselvă has not replied to a request for comment. 

ModRad leader Senator Lüc da Schir told ETT that “electing the Tuischac’h is still a good idea, even though back when the bill was passed most of us surely hoped for some more enthusiasm on the Cosa’s side when it came to actually holding such an election”.

MZs call for end to RCOR delays

The Royal Commission on Organic Law Reform, which was established by the last government to examine the reform of the fundamental law of the Kingdom, is coming under increasing criticism for the delay in the submission of its final report.

The RCOR was originally established ny the 48th Cosa in order to remove the discussion of constitutional reform from the “cockpit” of the Ziu. Then-Senator Miestrâ Schivâ proposed the RCOR Act in order to procide a non-partisan forum for discussion on reform of the Law, in particular relocating some sections into ordinary statute law.

The Commission Act ran into immediate controversy, with ModRad MZs criticising what they claimed was the haste with which the bill had been introduced, and the RUMP claiming that it was an attempt to create a false consensus around Organic Law issues. Indeed RUMP leader Sir Alexandreu Davinescu was accused by Dama Miestrâ of attempting to short-circuit the Act by proposing a non-statuatory “Organic Law Standing Committee” to examine technical changes to the constitution, a charge denied by the former.

In the event, and after a certain number of modifications insisted upon by MZs, the legislation to establish the Commission was passed. The Act provided for nomination of Commissioners partly by political parties represented in the Ziu, as well as a royal nominee. The lack of a nominee for latter post became an important source for Dama Miestrâ’s conviction that the conservative party were deliberately delaying the work of the Commission in order to sabotage it.
Part of the difficulty was the date included in the Act for the Commission to submit its final report to the Ziu. Out of a desire to avoid a lingering discussion, the initial deadline for the report was in April, despite criticism that it was unrealistic to expect the Commission to examine the whole Organic Law in that time. Due to the abortive start of the Commission’s work thanks to the lack of royal and party political nominees, the RCOR had to have its deadline extended twice.

49th Cosa: Party leaders vote in May Clark

On 4th May, RUMP leader Sir Alexandreu Davinescu MC revealed his Clark votes. Unsurprisingly supporting the Budget, the Minister of Finance did however vote contrâ on D:na Schepa-Carreido’s Resident Cunstaval Amendment, claiming that it “didn’t make sense”, given the primary and largely ceremonial role of the Cunstavals is to act as “the voice of the Throne in the provinces”. He suggested that a better route would be to allow provinces to remove Cunstavals who act inproperly or who neglect their duties.

Sir Alexandreu abstained on both Making the Bosphorous Great Again Bill and on the Provincial Catchment Area Reform Bill, explaining that while in the latter case he disagreed with its impact on his home province of Maritiimi-Maxhestic he wished to acknowledge the work put into the proposal by its sponsors.

Finally, the Cabinet Chief of Staff stated that he was voting për on the BHAID Disbursement (II) Bill and on the VoC, declaring with respect to the latter that the coalition is “getting things done, and it’s a welcome change”.

In addition to her contrâ on the Budget and the VoC, FreeDem leader Dama Miestrâ Schivâ MC also voted against her party colleague Chirbi Scherpa-Carreido’s Resident Cunstaval Amendment. She explained that the latter proposal was “against the party policy here that we will not be proposing or voting for any OrgLaw amendments until the RCOR [Royal Commission on Organic Law Reform] has finished its work”.

As reported by ETT, the FreeDem leader also opposed the VoC, declaring that as far as the Budget and VoC were concerned those interested in her reasons should see “four words: HER MAJESTY’S LOYAL OPPOSITION”.

The FreeDem leader however voted për on the BHAID Disbursement (II)Bill as well as the Provincial Area Catchment Reform Bill proposed by Senator Lüc da Schir.

The FreeDem leader also announced that she would abstain on Senator da Lhiun’s proposed condemnation of Turkish president Erdogan. She claimed this was due to being “suspicious” of using Ziu legislation to make topical political statements, as well as feeling that there were worthier targets for such treatment than the “humourless authoritarianism” of the AKP government, such as Russian president Vladimir Putin.

In other Clark news, following complaints from Republican leader Col. Maximo Carbonel, Secretary of State Marti-Pair Furxheir has apologised for inadvertantly leaving a bill proposed by the former off of the May Clark. Col. Carbonel’s bill deals with the procedure for the  dissolution of the Ziu at the end of its term. S:reu Furxheir ascribed this to a technical problem due to how the Republican leader had published his text in the Call for Bills.

49th Cosa: Davinescu denies pressuring opposition MZs on Budget

Cabinet Chief of Staff and Minister of Finance Sir Alexandreu Davinescu has denied he attempted to put opposition MZs under pressure to justify their votes on the Budget, which was published in the May Clark.

Sir Alexandreu was responding to an accusation made by FreeDem leader Dama Miestrâ Schivâ, who claimed the RUMP leader had sent a “snarky message” to FreeDem Deputy Leader Dr Txec dal Nordselvă regarding his vote on the 49th Cosa Budget. Dama Schivâ claimed that expecting the opposition in a parliamentary democracy to justify their votes against government bills was not “conducive to democracy”. In common with other FreeDem MCs, Dama Schivă voted both against the Budget and confidence in the government, explaining that those interested in the reason should see “four words: HIS MAJESTY’S LOYAL OPPOSITION”.

Sir Alexandreu claimed that he sent “polite” messages to certain opposition MCs. He stated that wished to know whether the individuals involved had a specific issue with the details of the Budget, or if it was “a matter of principle”. The Minister, quoting what he claimed was his message to Dr dal Nordselvă, asked the latter “..why did you vote against the budget and the VoC? …Is there something you’re looking for…that we could better provide?”

Rejecting the criticism as “nastiness and bitterness” Sir Alexandreu declared that his curiousity on the question was satisfied, claiming that “if the biggest complaint that the [FreeDems have] is just that they’re not in charge, we’re in good shape”.

FreeDem leader calls for action against “lawless” King

In a hard-hitting speech to the Cosa FreeDem leader Dama Miestrâ Schivâ declared that at the moment majority opinion in her party favours a no vote on confidence, on the basis that the incoming coalition is not prepared to take action to “bring the lawless, unaccountable King to heel”.

According to the speech, delivered to the Cosa today, the FreeDem leader took aim at what she described as the “corrupt” relationship between the RUMP and the Crown, and comparing the other coalition parties to the “satellite” parties of the former Eastern Bloc states. The FreeDem leader declared that in her view her party will withhold confidence in the government, despite the calibre of its individual members, until it demonstrates a commitment to reform of the monarchy.

Dama Miestrâ also said that party sentiment was also against 49RZ3, which would reform the method by which the Cosa is dissolved in order to avoid delays in elections due to royal inaction, as occurred before the 49th Cosa election. She said this was due to her party’s decision to oppose any changes to the Organic Law until the Royal Commission has submitted its report, as well as objections to allowing the King to “fail to do his job with no consequences”.

The FreeDem leader has been a harsh critic of the King’s recent comportment in office, notably his ongoing failure to pronounce himself on 48RZ15, an Organic Law amendment  that would curtail the Crown’s ability to block constitutional changes. The so-called 3/4 Majority Amendment was passed with overwhelming majorities in the Ziu and by popular vote, but its legal status is uncertain until the King either proclaims it law, or “explicitly refuses” to do so, thus nullifying it.

Dama Miestrâ also criticised some of the King’s comments in the aftermath if the Canun Case revelations which she claimed were “insulting” to victims of abuse, as well as recent statements with respect to the law on the appointment of the Tuischac’h, which Dama Miestrâ claimed demonstrate a lack of respect for legal norms.

Reacting to the speech, ModRad deputy leader and Minister of STUFF Ian Plätschisch MC rejected the accusation that the government were not serious about reform of the monarchy. He stated that “it is difficult to make reforms when all OrgLaw amendments are considered an attack on the Royal Commission”. He also pointed to the work of government members in the Commission, including Sir Cresti, and the latter’s willingness to further extend its deadline for submission of its report.

Schivâ calls for “Website Responsibility” in First Clark

FreeDem leader Miestrâ Schivâ, now an MC after leaving the Other House following the election, has proposed the “Website Responsibility Bill” in the 1st Clark of the 49th Cosa.

Dama Schivâ claims that the current system, which places responsibility for official Talossan websites in the hands of the Scribery, has led to “neglect” and a “conflict of responsibility” with the Government. She therefore proposes to move responsibility for the nation’s internet presence to the Ministry of Stuff, leaving the Scribery responsible for the publication of the Organic Law and legal codes of the Kingdom.

The Bill as published in the Clark is an amended version of the initial project, which would have also made the Scribe responsible for maintaining a list of public officials, and would have made the Chancery responsible for the technical infrastructure of the web presence. Dama Schivâ stated that in her view the Scribery should be absorbed into the Chancery, and the latter should assume responsibility for the technical infrastructure in the interests of efficiency.

Commenting on the earlier version of the bill in the Hopper,  RUMP leader Sir Alexandreu Davinescu praised the desire to “clarify responsibility”, but felt that the initial version went too far in placing “onerous” tasks in the hands of the Scribe. He also questioned increasing the responsibilities of the Chancery, asking if “you are at all concerned about centralizing so much power?” As head of the Chancery S:reu Furxheir himself stated he was open to a number of possibilities for reform, but that his concern was “not [to] control people but to ensure results”.

After expressing some doubt as to whether her measure would receive support from the government parties in any form, Dama Schivâ appears to have accepted some of the suggestions received by deleting the most controversial elements of the bill. Indeed the amended measure has in fact received support from within the coalition and from the Chancery, with Seneschal Sir Cresti Siervicül, Sir Alexandreu and ModRad MC Glüc da Dhi expressing their satisfaction. S:reu Furxheir declared that it was a “major piece of legislation”.

Aside from Dama Schivâ’s bill the Clark contains two others proposed by S:reu Furxheir himself on election dates and on the organisation of the Chancery.

49th Cosa election: FreeDem leader calls for “massive” yes vote on 3/4 Majority Amendment

FreeDEm leader and Attorney-General Miestrâ Schivâ took to the Witteberg Shoutbox on 14th February to call for a “MASSIVE YES” on the 3/4 Majority Amendment, which is before the voters during the 49th Cosa Election. As Attoney-General Senator Schivâ had led an attempt by the government to have the vote postponed, pending an examination of her appeal of a previous Cort judgement which found that the King’s refusal to proclaim an Organic law amendment was constitutional.

In her petition to the full five-Justice Cort, Senator Schivâ claimed that the Amendment was passed by the Ziu “under false pretences”, given that it was her contention that the asserton of a power to block Organic law amendments was not in fact constitutional. She argued that in the interests of avoiding an unintentional expansion of royal power if the Cort eventually ruled in favour of her petition that the Cort should enjoin the Secretary of State from placing the referendum on the ballot. However in a preliminary judgement delivered by Chief Justice Tamoràn, the Cort dismissed the appeal and declared that the vote could go ahead.

Senator Schvâ thanked the Cort for “much-quicker-than-expected decision”. She later said in the Shoutbox that the Cort ruling was “deeply unsatisfactory” in tha the Cort “refused to touch the question of whether an OrgLaw amendment needed to be proclaimed to be enacted”. However gven that all avenues of appeal had now been exhausted her party was now calling for a “MASSIVE YES” on the amendment, claiing that they had “exhausted all legal avenues to bring the monarchy under control”.

Supported by overwhelming majorities in both houses of the Ziu, the 3/4 Majority Amendment would if approved reduce the absolute power asserted by the King during the Proclamation Crisis to a suspensive veto only, which could be overridden by qualified majorities of the Ziu.

The FreedEm leader also expressed satisfaction at the “slapping down” of attempts by RUMP leader Sir Alexandreu Davinescu to intervene in the case. The RUMP leader had attempted to join the suit on the grounds that as a member of the Ziu the Cort should grant standing to hm and any other fellow MZ involved in the passage of the amendment. He also alleged impropriety on the part of Cort Justice and FreeDem Deputy Leader Dr Txec dal Nordselvă, claiming that there was an appearance of bias and that the Justice had been engaged in ex parte communications with fellow FreeDem activists.

Both Justice dal Nordselvă and the Attorney-General emphatically denied the allegations, which were based on an inadvertantly public post on the FreeDem Facebook group. A party member, Shadow Talossaware Commissioner Iason Bitxichë Taiwos, asked for advice after receiving a message for Sir Alexandreu asking for his support in the latter’s attempt to gain standing in the Cort case. Justice dal Nordselva advised S:reu Taiwos “not to fall for it”. Dr dal Nordselva argued that this was a political, and not a legal opinion, and insisted that he at no time participated in discussions of the legal implications of the case privately.

ModRad Senator for Maritiimi-Maxhestic Magniloqueu Épiqeu da Lhiun, who is being challenged by Sir Alexandreu for his Senate seat, called for an investigaton into the RUMP leader’s conduct, claiming that not only were the allegations unfounded but that it was “conduct unbecoming” of a member of the Bar.  FreeDem Shadow Minister of Stuff Admiral T.M. Asmourscu supported the call, adding that in his opinion Sir Alexndreu had “perjured” himself, and that for the Cort to allow him to present the recusal motion meant that “perhaps the next government ought reconsider its composition to restore dignity to the bench”.

Chief Justice Tamoràn announced however that the Cort had “unanimously” found that Justice dal Nordselva had committed no impropriety. Sir Alexandreu himself expressed disappointment in the ruing, stating that based on the preiliminary judgement “the Cort had legalised ex parte communication”.


Cort rejects Schivâ brief: 3/4 Majority vote to go ahead

Justice Txec dal Nordselvă has announced that the Uppermost Cort had ruled against the request to block the referendum on the “3/4 Majority Amendment” made by Attorney-General and FreeDem leader Senator Miestrâ Schivâ.

The 3/4 Majority Amendment was passed by the Ziu in an effort to resolve the Proclamation Crisis. King John I had claimed a right to block Organic Law amendments approved at referendum by “explicitly refusing” to proclaim them. The 3/4 Majority Amendment would limit this to a suspensive veto only, and would place the King’s intervention in the process before the popular vote.

In a brief appealing an initial Cort ruling on the Crisis Senator Schivâ argued that if the King’s action was in fact inorganic the Ziu had “solved” a problem that did not exist. As the Amendment was passed “under false pretences” she asked the Cort to enjoin the Secretary of State from including the measure on the ballot, pending the final ruling of the Cort on the substance of her brief.

Writing on behalf of the Cort, Justice Txec dal Nordselvă stated that the Cort could not find any flaw in the process by which the amendment was passed by the Ziu, and that despite the Attorney-General’s contention otherwise, the Cort had to assume “MZs voted with due dilligence” on the matter. Justice dal Nordselvă concluded that to interfere with an amendment otherwise Organically enacted by the Ziu would be a violation of the separation of powers, and that the Organically required process of ratification by popular vote had been triggered and could not now be interfered with.

The 3/4 Majority Amendment will thus be on the referendum ballot on 15th February. Senator Schivâ called on the Cort to move to the substantive issue in her petition, claiming that “the Cort will be doing the people of Talossa a disservice if they do not know, when voting in this election, whether they are voting for a limit on or an expansion to Royal powers in re: Organic Law amendments”.

49th Cosa Election: Itravilatx rejects claims TNC is a “one-man” party

Describing himself as “the tip of a small but respectable iceberg” of party members, TNC leader Breneir Itravilatx rejected charges from FreeDem leader Miestrâ Schivâ that he headed a “one-man party”.

Commenting on the TNC platform Senator Schivâ criticised what what she claimed was “the massive secrecy” around the TNC. Claiming that S:reu Itravilatx “has replied very angrily” when she has raised the question, she stated that “if the TNC is in fact a one-man party, the voters should know”.

This was echoed by Progressive activist Eiric S Bornatfighleu., who stated that “as a voter…it’s something I’d sincerely like to know”.

S:reu Itravilatx responded by claiming that Senator Schivâ’s statements were an attempt to “distract from our electoral program”, and that “the TNC is not a one-man party.” He later claimed that “two [party members] are former recent members of other parties [who] prefer to stay quiet”, with two others “not frequent Witt users”. He also claimed to have received support from citizens via email who told him that “they never use Witt.”

ETT asked S:reu Itravilatx for a comment but had not received a response at the time of writing. The TNC leader told ETT earlier this month that his party had “just a few members” and that it was in “a kind of Year Zero like the MRPT was when it got started”. He also confirmed at the time that his party would publish a Cosa candidate list and would make Senate endorsements.