Announcement from Free Democrats President/Leader M. A. Schivâ
First, I’d like to ask for a moment’s silence for the passing of three musical heroes: Natalie Cole, David Bowie, and Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister. Thank you.
It is now finally time for the announcement of the long-awaited Free Democrats Shadow Cabinet for the 49th Cosâ. I direct you to our party’s electoral strategy for this election:
A few preliminary remarks before I make the list. The press aligned to the opposition RUMP party have been persistent with their questioning about how the “cabinet of all the talents” model is acceptable now when I opposed it strongly when the RUMP governments professed to use it in the past. Some partial answers include:
- The RUMP combined their “government of all the talents” with a “free Cosâ seats if you vote for us” policy. This was a corrupt combination which led to the assimilation of political opposition, giving perverse incentives for enthusiastic new Talossans to just join the ruling party. In contrast, the Free Democrats not only will only give Cosâ seats to the members of our party list – hopefully to be announced in a day or two – but make an explicit rule that non-FreeDem ministers are not expected to support the Free Democrat party or programme. They will be expected to respect Cabinet collective decision-making, and, if MCs, will be expected to vote ÜC on the VoC. That’s it.
- The RUMP hand-picked cabinet members after the election, from their defeated opponents – I remember being offered a cabinet role by Count Hooligan about ten seconds after I was first elected to the Cosâ. In contrast, the Free Democrats are releasing their list now, so the voters can judge it.
- The RUMP ruled unchallenged for 8 terms. This will be the first term of Free Democrat single-party government, oc’halà. The “pressures of assimilation” are different.
In summary, the Free Democrats are releasing their government of all the talents now, so the people can vote on it, rather than winning an election first and then doling out the spoils of victory later. I think this is a crucial distinction. I do find it funny that the BT editor who pesters me with tough questions by PM is also the RUMP leader who refuses to debate me. Never mind.
Anyway, here is the list. I am sorry to say it is not a complete list, for reasons I will explain shortly.
Free Democrats Shadow Cabinet for the 49th Cosâ
Miestrâ Schivâ, UrN : Seneschál candidate, Shadow Deputy Minister for Culture and Shadow Deputy Attorney-General
Adm. T.M. Asmourescu, O. Ben. : Distáin candidate, Shadow Minister of STUFF
Dr. Txec dal Nordselvă : Shadow Interior Minister
Eðo Grischun : Shadow Attorney-General <— non-FreeDem member
C. Carlüs Xheraltescù : Shadow Finance Minister
Iustì Tíçhern Corneir : Shadow Foreign Minister
The role of Culture Minister has been offered to a senior and respected Talossan who is not a member of the Free Democrats. S/he expressed strong interest in the role but has not given final agreement yet. Unfortunately, we could not get this agreement before announcement time. If s/he cannot accept, then obviously we will have to find an alternative, either in or out of the Free Democrats; but, obviously, the sooner we know one way or another, the better.
Note that Txec dal Nordselvâ, as an Uppermost Cort Justice, would not be eligible to become Seneschál. Thus, while he remains Deputy FreeDems Leader, we had to give the role of Shadow Distáin to Admiral Asmourescù, the #3 on our Cosâ list.
There is one final announcement to make, an “Associate Shadow Cabinet role”, if you will. Iason Bitxichë Taiwos will be our Shadow Talossaware Czar. If we win the election, cxhn. Taiwos will be given a special “outside Cabinet” responsibility, responsible simultaneously to STUFF and Finance, to be in charge of producing “Talossaware” – all kinds of physical “swag” promoting and representing our beloved Kingdom. This will include responsibility for the Coins project.
The following citizens were approached to be part of the Shadow Cabinet, but declined for various reasons: Breneir Itravilatx , M.T. Patritz da Biondeu , Ián B. Anglatzarâ , Magniloqueu Épiqeu da Lhiun .