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”.
Senator Miestrâ Schivâ was appointed Attorney-General of the KIngdom on 13th October.
ETT: As a non-lawyer, do you feel adequately qualified to lead government business in the Cort?
Schivâ: In many states, the Attorney-General is a political appointment, and calls upon a legal professional – a Solicitor-General, if you will – for the technical expertise which can only be provided by a member of the Bar. And I do intent to contact the Bar as and when the Government needs technical legal advice.
I am not, as you say, a trained lawyer – I flunked out of a law degree in my second year, fact fans – but I am a legislator and flatter myself that I can read a piece of legislation. I would see myself as more of an administrator of the Courts of Justice in this Kingdom, and as performing in an oversight role over the workings of the relevant legislation, and an advisory role over any possible loopholes in Government-sponsored legislation.
The other issue is that the role of A-G, in the last three terms of centre-left coalition government, has been something like a poisoned chalice. The Seneschál wants a safe pair of hands. I’m flattered, in that regard.
ETT: After such a run as Minister for Culture, what do you think was your greatest achievement?
Schivâ: Prüms Päçen în Ladîntsch. My primary interest has been production of basic learning materials for Talossan. I myself learned our national language out of Ben Madison’s Grammar, the kind of thing that only the most dedicated linguistic nerds are capable of. And that’s not the kind of thing that is appropriate for a national language. Thanks to the sterling efforts of el Ladîntsch Naziunál – which will hopefully continue under my successor – now every single citizen, whether a linguistic nerds or no, can learn the basics of ár glheþ and communicate in it. What a transformation since the days when the only person who actually spoke Talossan was its founder!
ETT: And by contrast, anything you wish you could have gotten around to but didn’t?
Schivâ: I was having fun with the concept of the “Miss Talossa” concept. I hope that one will continue. It’ll be funny.
Françal Ian lux was appointed Minister of Culture of the KIngdom on 13th October.
ETT: What is your ambition for the Ministry in the coming months? Is there one emblematic project you have in mind
Lux: Our culture has always been centered around our wonderful langauge. I have taken up the task of educating myself with it and it has been quite successful…for the most part. I would like to focus on creating more awareness and interest in the language learning. It can be quite challenging but I think as the Minister of Culture, it would be mine and the department’s job to make it easier for people to find the resources to learn. I will surely work with various people, not just for the language projects that my predecessor had started, but for any other projects in the future. This is our culture after all, we should all have a say in it.
ETT: You replace Miestrâ Schivâ, who held the Ministry for quite a length of time, in Talossan terms. How would you rate her legacy as a Minister?
Lux: The Dame is quite a formidable figure regardless of what you think of her. She has done a wonderful job in keeping things in order in the Ministry and I believe she has done great things to make things a bit more interesting in Talossa. Her legacy will surely have an impact in the Ministry even when she’s gone especially in the projects and expectations she has set for me and the Ministry. I can never replace her as the head of such an important Ministry, but then again I really don’t want to replace her. She did things her way and I will do things my way.
ETT: Will you be keeping up the Chat Show?
Lux: I think the media is an important tool that Talossa has to take advantage of not only to reach more prospectives but also make already-citizens more active. I will resume the Chat Show if not late October then early November. I have been swamped with University life lately so I unfortunately do not have the time to give to the Channel. But rest assured, it will be back on!
ETT: Finally, with the FreeDem merger out of the way, and as a rising star of the new party, is this promotion into the full Cabinet an attempt to boost your political profile in the run up to the election?
Lux: That’s a fair question and I will surely answer it! I can’t speak for the Seneschal, but let me tell you how I have always been when it comes to politics in this country. I have tried my best to stay away from petty politics. I have always spoken my mind and advocated for things that I firmly believe in even when it contradicts the Seneschal’s or the Dame’s views. Even when it contradicts the party’s views. I tried my best to be fair and honest because I know I will be held accountable for my beliefs. Now, my political career is important to me, but I’d like to think my appointment is more than that. I’d like to think that my appointment is because of the voice I can provide in the Cabinet and the diligence I will bring to get things done in the Ministry.
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”.