Tertiary Education Funding Reforms
The Bureau of Education and Training has issued out a new policy to help loosen the financial burden of prospective university students and their families. The Government is introducing new places called Government Subsidised Placements, whereby students attending university do not need to pay for tuition fees. That is until the students gets a job and starts earning an income, which then gets taxed at 15% which will get sent back to the university.
Secretary of Education and Human Development; Julia Schilburg said that this policy will be a good way for the university market to be more fair, and competitive at the same time. The universities will make money trough government funding, by student?s taxes being sent back, and this practise will insure more liberal and accommodating student admission practises, due to the fact that the more students attend and graduate, the more federal funding the university gets, thus encouraging more efficient educational market practises. This will be available to students from polytechnic to PhD students.
WFP Elects Pontmercy
In a contentious party vote, the Worker Freedom Party has elected Marius Pontmercy, a leading intellectual and "rising star" in the anarchist movement, as its Secretary. Prime Minister Magritte welcomed Pontmercy's election, and immediately promoted him to the post of Foreign Secretary, as promised in the governing Communist Party's coalition agreement with the WFP.
White House Cautions Magritte Government
BASTIA .::. President Burke issued a statement in a press conference today concerning the recently elected Red/Black Alliance government in New Paristan, stating that ?Prime Minister Magritte should act in a balanced, thoughtful way without making knee jerk decisions?.
The president also said that the Magritte government should not shun private enterprise and should ?reassure investors and businesses that unreasonable policies will not be pursued?.
The Burke administration has publicly expressed unease about the left-wing ideas embraced by the Alliance since its growth into a viable political movement.
President Burke has throughout his career in politics measured praise of the free market with strong support for social justice.
?We understand that the private sector can be chaotic, inefficient, and has the potential to harm. However, I think that people need to remember that we would not enjoy the standard of living we have today if we did not have free enterprise.?
It is believed that the administration?s decision to speak out against what they have termed ?reactionary policies? was a move to stem the flow of capital flight from New Paristan and to soothe jittery EU markets.
Valjean Sacked - Government in Turmoil!
MP Jean Valjean was fired from his position as Foreign Secretary today after allegations surfaced that he solicited the kidnapping of a suspected leader of the LeClerc administration who had sought refuge in Peace-Loving States. Prime Minister Magritte called the allegations "disturbing" and called for a "full investigation."
The Prime Minister's office stressed the unity of his fragile coalition government, calling for "immediate elections" for Valjean's replacement as the head of the Worker Freedom Party, who would then be granted "priority consideration" for the position of Foreign Secretary.
Quoting from the Prime Minister's office: "The anarchist party is key to our revolution's success. I regret that such a naive and impertinent person as Valjean was chosen as their leader, but the Worker Freedom Party has the right to democratically elect their representatives. I hope this time they'll pick someone with a bit of a head on his or her shoulders."
The anarchists should hold elections within the week to choose a new leader, although sources within the Worker Freedom Party point to "significant division" over whether what Valjean did was really such a bad thing. Quoting an unknown source within the anarchist party's leadership, "Hey, anything that gets us what we want and gets around government to do it - I'm all for it. Frankly, I don't understand why we're in coalition with this bunch of commies - I say scrap everything and start over fresh."
"You know, it's amazing how perceptions can be warped when a country goes through a period of turmoil.
I am not threatening anyone with any action. We seek no war with our neighbors. We are of peace, always.
What we ask of our neighbors is an understanding of what we've been through over the past decade - the brutality of the LeClerc regime, the extreme measures his goons took to suppress dissent and destroy the unions. The movement that ousted him from power had to work in the shadows, organizing in secret, before we even consider coming out in the open with our demands."
Pause. Magritte is obviously getting emotional. He takes a deep breath.
"My brother was a leader of the General Union of Workers - the labor federation affiliated with the Communist Party. He helped to spark the fires of revolution. And last May 1st, when we finally all took to the streets in a general strike, to march, to demand our rights, he was shot down. He was brutally murdered by LeClerc's military police. Along with 100 of our friends and family. Our comrades."
Magritte wipes a tear from his eye.
"Two months later, we stormed the gates - thousands of us stormed the Presidential Palace and the Congress. By that point, we had more than half the army on our side, and had infiltrated LeClerc's military police, so that most of them stood by as we took control. We physically threw LeClerc and his goons from office, and put them in jail - it was a war - we were fighting for our lives. Hundreds of our brothers and sisters were killed.
All of this death, all of this pain - this revolution - it happened because we allowed a terrorist organization to operate as a political party and take over the government. In any revolution, there is change. We had to ban the MPM, the symbols of that regime, the evil that manifested in its ranks.
But of course, we are of peace - and we believe in democracy. So once the dust had settled, we held elections. Three opposition parties were formed, and once we had reviewed their platforms to ensure that they didn't advocate treason against the revolution, we gave them the freedom to run their affairs as they saw fit.
I think the election results speak for themselves - the Red/Black alliance have a commanding majority, but the Democratic Freedom Group have their seats as well. It's a free system.
And as to these rumors of unruly mobs beating up counterrevolutionaries - these are being spread by MPM thugs who fled New Paristan, some of them probably ending up in your own nations - and are spreading lies about our revolution. I cannot emphasize enough how dangerous these terrorists are. I urge your governments to bring anyone claiming "asylum" in your nation to one of our embassies. I promise - they will be granted their full rights under Paristani law.
We welcome the press to come to Montmartre, visit the prison facility where LeClerc and his top aides are serving life sentences for treason against the people of New Paristan, and see for yourselves that we are treating them with a level of humanity that his regime never afforded us."
Magritte pauses again, takes a deep breath.
"Look, I know that it's hard for a bourgeois government to fathom the idea that a proletarian revolution could be authentic, that we really are on the road to true socialism here, that the workers really are in control. The history of communism is not one that inspires confidence. Many countries use the red flag as an excuse to impose an oppressive statist regime run by the elites and the intelligentsia. Often, a small "vanguard" party will claim to represent the working class, while not having a single union member among its ranks. That is not what is happening here.
I am a steelworker, and a member of the GUW. The membership of the GUW nominated me as its candidate for Prime Minister to run under the Communist banner. The membership of the Union of Free Workers, the anarcho-syndicalists, nominated Mr. Valjean to run as the Worker Freedom Party's candidate for Prime Minister. The membership of the Paristani Labor Confederation, associated with the Socialist Party, nominated Mr. Picard as their candidate. After the elections, the three parties agreed to form a coalition government - again, with a full vote of the membership of each union.
The opposition parties did things differently - they held nationwide primaries not affiliated with any of the unions. But once the nominating process was over, all six candidates stood as equals, given equal funding, equal press access, equal ability to connect with Paristani voters. And the voters made their choices.
That is democracy, my friends. Not just political democracy, but economic democracy as well. And you are free to verify what I'm telling you."
The coalition government finds itself in an embarrassing situation after the Pazia Daily News has revealed that changes to the asylum system are designed specifically to cut spending on the Home Affairs Department and turn away legitimate New Paristani refugees. Government ministers, particularly those from the officially pro-immigration Liberal Alliance, are furious that an unnamed People's Freedom Party official has acknowledged that New Paristani refugees are to be made "someone else's problem" under a system of legal fictions that will presume New Paristani asylum seekers to be liars.
Two senior Home Affairs Department civil servants have told the Pazia Daily News that the PFP, which has long been critical of the number of immigration and asylum claims, has engaged in illegal wiretapping to anticipate New Paristani asylum seekers' planned trips to PLS and prevent their arrival. Communications between the PLS National Party and a persecuted member of the New Partisani opposition were intercepted by a PFP spin doctor and leaked to the PLSBC. This leak led the New Paristani opposition member to go into hiding within New Paristan rather than arrive in PLS and go before an immigration tribunal with the truth about the New Paristani situation. A Liberal Alliance MP spoke on condition of anonymity said, "If the PFP was up to dirty tricks, we were certainly never told by them. Nearly everyone in our party hates the front bench's willingness to agree to asylum changes. We want the New Paristani opposition to arrive in Pazia and show why we need to admit more refugees."
The PLS National Party has refused to officially comment on reports that its headquarters had been in touch with the New Paristani opposition with a view to assisting in the lodging of asylum claims within PLS. However, a minor official from within the National Party told the Pazia Daily News, "The PFP is doing whatever it can to see no evil in New Paristan, even if it means letting someone die in New Paristan who could otherwise have made it to Pazia. This is what happens when you provide housing and welfare benefits for immigrants. The persecuted become a liability. If we were in power, we would allow any New Paristani in as long as they claimed nothing from the state."
The Pazia Daily News has spoken with a New Paristani who was recently smuggled into PLS and is now being advised by the PLS Civil Liberties Council about launching a constitutional challenge to the new asylum law. She told us, "Everyone in New Paristan knows you'll be rounded up if you criticise the aims of the current government. A neighbour of mine was beaten by the police when he was caught with a leaflet criticising Magritte and his stooges. When I commented to a friend that things were even worse than under LeClerc, she reported me. I was only able to escape arrest by fleeing my home and getting fake identity documents before leaving New Paristan. More people need to get the hell out of there before it's too late."
'I don't understand why a system that works has to be changed? I myself will continue writing in English the same way I did before.'
-Aubert Flavion, office worker
'Maybe it'll help people properly pronounce English language words with 'th' that sound differently. Some people pronounce it the same way, though it isn't always pronounced equally.'
-Andrea Scholl, student
September 18th, 2010
Andreas Ebersbacher is Visinakancler. Economy growth rate down sharply...
The UoCD announced today in an early morning that Andreas Ebersbacher is the new Visinakancler. The said that he, the current party number 2, will take over tomorrow in the first session of Parliament.
This comes after repeated attempts by the opposition leader Angelique d'Gallan to muster the support needed to take power failed.
The economic report for the second quarter are down sharply, to the point that they are surprising many analysts.
Growth Rate: 0.4 %
Unemployment Rate: 23.59%
Worker Enthusiasm: 53%
Government Efficiency: 80%
Consumer Confidence: 44%
Population Growth Rate: 0.12%
The Spitz Stock Exchange opened for the first time since the elections. The stocks are currently down 553.
- 553, closing at **13,258 **
Breconian support is mostly behind KOPA, although the Greens and SPD are also somewhat popular.
KOPA is the party for me. They seem the most likely to value public ownership, take care of the elderly, and work for a fairer society.
-Alain Mateau, civil servant at Brecon Statistics Bureau in Amiens
I have voted for the Greens here my whole life, so I suppose I would probably support DG.
-Patric Gery, grain and dairy farmer in the northwest
Julian Schumann might make a fair Chancellor. The SPD would be a good choice for the Gro?deutsches Reich; they would move the country in the right direction without having to deal with the same criticism as KOPA.
-Monika Lund, geography student from Compiegne
OOC: Away from internet September 1-8 (holidays between end of work and the start classes)
Petrenko's Plans for the EU
After an exclusive interview with the newly elected commission member Comrade Peter Petrenko we decided to reveal to you his plans for his following term in office. First on his agenda is sorting out the way in which nation's contribute towards the EDF and what voting rights each nation will have. He has told us that he plans to make the system work so that every member of the EU will give around 1-2% of their GDP (this figure is up for debate) but the disparities between the amount of money given will not correlate to disparities in voting rights.
The new economics commissioner has also told us of his plans to create a European Monetary Fund to help developing states decrease poverty levels by providing them with loans. He hopes the implementation of this institution will help raise standards of living across the EU.
In other news, unemployment is decreasing as more and more of our comrades enlist into the armed services. Our glorious leader Comrade Commissar Lathon plans to give the military a complete overhaul replacing old equipment with new models and expanding the size of our military. We can rest assure that we are safe from any capitalist imperialists seeking to invade thanks to Comrade Lathon's new measures.
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