As reported by ETT, newly appointed Minister of Finance and Stuff MT Patritz da Biondeu MC has resigned from the Free Democrats of Talossa and accused the Senator Miestrâ Schivâ of “blackmail”. S:reu da Biondeu, who is also Scribe of Abbavilla, claimed that Senator Schivâ threatened to reveal that the Scribe’s had privately and apparently vociferously called for the dismissal of ModRad ministers if he left the party. The Scribe went so far as to claim that the FreeDems “can not be trusted to lead a government” as a result of the incident.
During ETT’s discussion with Senator Schivâ (first part published yesterday), ETT asked the Senator for her side of the internal conflict that has rocked the FreeDems, to which she replied at length. We had hoped to get S:reu da Biondeu’s response to her comments but we were not able to reach him at the time of writing.
Senator Schivâ told ETT that “the Scribe’s summary of the facts is more or less correct. The word “blackmail” is frankly ludicrous. We could say, rather: “explaining the consequences of bad behaviour”.”
The Scribe cited three specific sources of dissatisfaction with the FreeDem party in his “blackmail” statement:
- “the tactic of incessantly attacking AD” [RUMP leader Sir Alexandreu Davinescu MC]
- what the Scribe claimed was an unwillingness “to take action until things blow up”, a reference to the debate around the fate of inactive ministers
- a “double standard” operated in the party, where “[Senaor Schivâ] can attack you for voting against her bills…but you cannot do the same when your bills are voted against”
Senator Schivâ points to the second rationale as being the decisive reason for the Scribe’s discontent. According to the Senator the Scribe had demanded that Seneschal C. Carlüs Xhertaltescù dismiss the MRPT ministers “a month ago”, which the Seneschal had refused to do. Senator Schivâ states that she had sided with the Seneschal in the descision, which she says was the “right one”. The strain in the Scribe’s political relationship with the Seneschal now extended to his personal relationship with the Senator, who says that the Scribe “underestimated” the personal ties between the Seneschal and the Senator after a “decade working together on politics”.
Senator Schivâ claims that the Scribe “strongly objected” when the Seneschal voted against the Scribe’s Caught In The Act Act Bill in the December Clark. According to the Senator, the Scribe then began to criticise bills already published in the Clark by the Senator, in order to illustrate the “double standard” to which he referred, which the Senator frankly admits that she found “annoying”.
With respect to the her treatment of Sir Alexandreu the Senator declared that “as leader, I will be guided by the Party in all my political dealings. If the Party says “back off with your attacks on the RUMP leader”, I’ll back off. If the Party says “hug him and tell him he’s a lovely person”, I’ll grit my teeth and do so”. She stated that she will seek to “walk the fine line of correcting any concern-trolling or disingenuous partisan misrepresentations I see without losing my temper or straying into personal attacks or trolling on my own part”. She did however emphasise that “I consider that responding to (factually correct) attacks on the Coalition Government’s record with “consider the alternative!” is political fair play”.
She told ETT that aside from the point relating to her often tempestuous public interactions with the RUMP leader, she didn’t feel S:reu da Biondeu’s criticisms were esentially political at all, but a product of personal frustration. Discussing her interactions with S:reu da Biondeu, the Senator said “when you’re in a situation where a person is saying you did a bad thing, you say “I’m sorry, you’re right, it was bad, what can I do to fix it”, and he just starts accusing you again because he doesn’t think you’re really sorry… you have to realise that actually resolving the conflict is not the goal, that they just need to be angry with you and curse you, and the best thing is to let it happen”. (S:reu da Biondeu himself admits that he used insulting language towards the Senator in their most recent private conversations. It is unclear however if this tirade began before or after the incident the Scribe refers to as “blackmail”).
She did however repeat her public statements on Wittenberg that “the Scribe is a good, active Talossan, that I would happily include him in a Shadow Cabinet if he hadn’t already refused on the grounds that I’m “untrustworthy”, and I wish him and his new husband the very best”.