Council Of State Official Hansard
10 April 2018
A furious debate over eminent domain, or compulsory purchase, the government’s right to take a citizen’s private property without permission, has erupted after the government evicted hundreds of people from their homes to make way for a new shopping complex and a bypass.
DURG STEIN (Green Party): Eminent Domain? More like outright theft! They took away our homes! I have to move everything in my life somewhere else because of the whims of some fruitcake city planner? It’s lunacy! This blatant power abuse mustn’t be allowed to continue. The government should require explicit permission before taking private property!
JOND AKSON (Classical Monarchist Party): You can’t be serious. You’ve got to have bypasses. Eminent domain’s essential! Without it we’d actually have to pay for the property we were steali- ah- expropriating and that would mean lots of boring paperwork and be much more expensive. If we really need to build something, say a bypass to ease congestion, do you really want that to be stopped because one person says no? We need eminent domain to let Montenbourg make progress. In fact we could cut costs even more if we didn’t have to pay compensation...
SAVAN KLOSF (Liberal Party): I do believe we should retain our right to eminent domain, But to use it for private industry is just immoral and corrupting. We really ought to only use eminent domain for the purpose of building public utilities like hospitals, schools, and carparks.
Decision: Private abandoned-lands are seized and buyed by the State .
11 April 2018
The recent publication of a book “Who Pays For Government?”, written by internationally famous economist Millicent Freeman, has triggered a public debate about voting rights.
WESLEY EINSTEIN (Nationalitz): Look, it’s simple. Most things the government does cost money. That money has to be raised through taxes, so anybody who doesn’t pay any tax shouldn’t have any say in choosing the government either. We should make paying at least a specified minimum amount in tax necessary for inclusion in the electoral lists. It’ll reward those who actually contribute to society, and give those who don’t a bit of incentive to pull themselves up by their bootstraps.
BRUCE LOVEGOOD (Green Party): That’s not going far enough! Since state employees are drawing their salary from the government, they’re not contributing anything to the economy either, and they should be excluded from voting too!
HEIDI SHORE (Liberal Party): No, no, a thousand times no! Voting is the most basic right we have, and election day is the one time when every Montenbourgian, rich or poor, is an equal. The right to vote has to be protected for all Montenbourgians, and election day made a public holiday so that working class people can afford to vote without risking losing their jobs. The dip in productivity is more than justified by ensuring everyone has a chance to perform their civic duty.
MANUEL BELCHER (Classical Monarchist Party): That’s very stirring rhetoric, but I wonder if everyone really feels that way. So why not give everyone the choice? Make it legal for people to sell their votes, and leave it to them to decide what’s more important to them: keeping their vote, or feeding their family.
Decision: Factories grind to a halt every time there is an election..
11 April 2018
Nationalitz party leaders have proposed government monitoring of individual internet usage.
ERNST HARRISON (Nationalitz): In these days of terror and uncertainty, it’s exactly what we need. Every pervert, terrorist, bomb-building maniac and anti-government idiot is currently online. I’m not saying that we should block citizens from seeing it, but let’s also watch who’s seeking it out. This will give our law enforcement officers the chance to prevent crimes before they happen. If you’ve done nothing wrong, you’ve got nothing to hide.
KURT SLOMOT (Independent): Well, we should block out that filth. If people want to use the internet, they can view our government-approved sites. Those are swell.
LLWELYN MIDOTI (Liberal Party): Tyranny is the natural result of limiting information! Someone, somewhere, will always find something offensive — mimes for example. Those scare the hell out of me. But should we ban them? No! Free the internet! We have nothing to fear from free information but pop-up advertising!
Decision: Internet is not regulated in Montenbourg.
11 April 2018
A recent article in The Montague Naysayer has exposed a dirty little secret: prison wardens have been quietly exporting the organs from executed criminals and pocketing the proceeds. Enraged citizens, particularly victim’s rights organizations, demand retribution.
Wolfgang Larkin, holding a black-draped family photo: These murderers took away our families and our futures. The court ordered restitution, but most criminals have no money. These wardens are stealing the only thing of value these criminals still have: their organs! Give surviving family members the remuneration from these sales. It’s the very least you can do after all we’ve suffered.
CARLOS LENNIN (Nationalitz): They have also lost family to murders and nothing will bring them back to their loving arms. Monetary reimbursement can’t replace what they have lost, but perhaps others can benefit from their loss. We must expand the list of capital crimes to discourage criminals from committing any crimes at all, while providing a substantial source of new organs to our hospitals. Criminals can repay society by helping the ailing victims of organ failure. Let transplant survivors be our memorial!
ROSHI AMANIRA (Liberal Party): We cannot relieve violence with violence. The solution lies not with taming corrupt officials, but within ourselves. We should not be killing these criminals; we should be leading them. Our prisons should hire counsellors to guide them to a better path of penance and good works. Prisoners can return life with life by tending our crops and feeding the hungry. We must end capital punishment, for the betterment of our own inner light. Only then will we truly find peace.
Decision: Condemned prisoners spend hours on meditation techniques and therapies.
13 April 2018
The community has appealed to Montenbourg to increase humanitarian aid to the world’s poorer nations.
BARBARA MULDER (Liberal Party): First , congrats to our Princess Royal on her baptism, this a good day for Montenbourg. In other words I call the Riksdag that we must increase foreign aid. Compared to some of these nations, Montenbourg is swimming in Monten Pounds. Let’s face it, not every nation in the world is lucky enough to have a government like ours. Let’s show some compassion to our less economically gifted neighbors.
FINN TRAGARIEN (Nationalitz): Talk about a way to flush Monten Pounds straight down the toilet. What I’ve noticed is that whenever we do give something, it’s never enough: a few years later they’re back asking for more. The best way to help these poor nations is to stop shielding them from the logical consequences of their idiotic, long-debunked socialist economic policies.
URLS DENOSTER (Classical Monarchist Party): Relief wouldn’t hurt us... if we ‘relieved’ the right countries. We give them a little humanitarian aid, they give us access to their Information Technology markets... it’s win-win. Nothing wrong with a little quid pro quo, especially for a good cause.
Decision: Montenbourg has increase its Foreign Aid programs. Now the nation has an international reputation for compassion.
20 April 2018
Sporting events have always drawn big crowds of passionate fans, but those same crowds can bring a temporary surge in crime. While extra policing can be assigned, questions have been raised over who should pay for this.
SILVIO LIU (Liberal Party): These are big-profit events for the corporations that run them, but they generate considerable externalities which must be paid for by taxpayers,” . “Let the profiteers pick up the extra cost, as guesstimated... I mean, carefully calculated by a department.
ARCHIBALD SESTERO (Classical Monarchist Party): Excuse me? Since when have private companies been liable to fund public services? If you cut into profits, you discourage free market enterprise, and if you do that, there’ll be less sporting entertainment. And you know what happens when a populace doesn’t get its sports? That’s right - they start thinking about politics, and criticising their social betters. Do you really want that to happen?
BORIS TRADSVO (Green Party): There’s no need for all this bovver. So we like to let off a bit of steam before and after the match, and have a bit of a scrap. It’s all good fun, and nobody who don’t wants to be there has to be there if they don’t wants to be, right? So why not give the rozzers the day off, and let us sort ourselves out?
GOLIGHTY VRASYU (Nationalitz): Sports fans are a nasty bunch, but you’ve got to admire their fighting spirit. Come wartime, we could use men of their calibre. Shut down all professional sports, and conscript the lot of them. All that pent-up energy can instead be directed to the national good.
Decision: Matches are often attended by police presence with water cannons... just in case. For die-hard fans.
20 April 2018
After the teen pop-sensation ‘Justyn’ is dead, and the police investigation into his brutal murder-by-decapitation has revealed that it was a contract killing, organised through a highly professional ‘dark web’ assassination firm. The Riksdag made a reunion discussing the situation.
RUTH UBINGER (Nationalitz): This talentless teeny-bopper’s pop music may have been criminally bad, but he didn’t deserve the death penalty! Haha. Clearly law enforcement is struggling with modern technology. Your Majesty, Prime Minister, members of the Riksdag, if you’re watching, take my advice: spend some money on a decent Cyber Crimes division. Fill it with people who might have failed a stupid physical test, but who have tech-savvy and brains. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, yes I’d love to join up!
EVAN FREEMAN (Classical Monarchist Party): You can’t police the internet short of shutting it down, and only a loony would suggest that could be an option. People need to defend themselves at the moment of attack! Crazy regulations about so-called ‘reasonable force’ are holding us back. Let the free market arm the people, so that a free people can freely defend themselves! Though obviously, ahem, not for free.
AXEL JUGHEIN (Green Party): We would like to legalise our little enterprises, so we can move from the dark web and into the light of legitimate business, death merchant apps and micropayment mutilations. We would allow create a small excluded target list, and will always be fastidious with tax payments. Just think on it.
Decision: HM Government is doing everything in their hands to regulate, sanction and prosecute dark-web enterprises.
9 May 2018
After witnessing the horrors of both falling crop yields and furious farmers, the Minister of Rural Affairs, Sven-Erik Bucht has proposed state-funded agricultural education to the Riksdag.
Sven-Erik Bucht (Minister of Rural Affairs): Agriculture used to be the primary industry of Montenbourg and now look at us! Our lettuce is a let-down and our beets are barely pink!. Just send some funding to colleges, and show those city boys how to weed, water, and sow! It’ll cost the taxpayer, but I’m sure they’ll sacrifice a few Monten Pounds for firmer tomatoes and browner potatoes!
Britney Rhee (Nationalitz Party): Well Minister, that’s one option. But this is such a fundamental sector of our economy that we can’t leave it up to the farmers to choose whether they go to college or not. The government ought to make getting a degree mandatory to enter agriculture. Doctors and lawyers already need them, and can you really call them more important than the farmers?
Neil Yeats (Green Party): Mandatory degree?! Them college boys don’t know nothing about farmin’ that my old man didn’t teach me! We’ve been tilling this land for seven generations, and by hickory we know how to do it best - we don’t need any guv’ment folks tellin’ us where to plant potatoes or what pest killers we can use! Now some of us farmers ain’t the best, but same goes for those university-educated doctors and lawyers!” He trails off, still angrily waving an absurdly tiny carrot.
Mamiko English (Independent): You know, all this talk has got me thinking. Montenbourg has plenty of arable land, just perfect for cultivation. But we’re going about it precisely the wrong way. You just can’t trust private citizens with the people’s own food. If we just nationalize the farms, production will surely rise! And with it, the proletariat!
Decision: The nation's sends college scholarships for local farmers.
9 May 2018
The Handmaids Teachers’ Union for Betterment, complaining of a steady increase in student disciplinary problems, wants to be able to use corporal punishment to correct misbehavior.
Offred Dubois (Union president): Clearly, parents aren’t teaching manners at home. All we want is to be able to take a paddle to their backsides when there are problems. It’s not like we want to throw the kids in jail.
Jason Licord (Classical Monarchist): With all due respect for your freedom of position ,but If there’s a problem, it’s with the teachers not having the skills to do their jobs. They should be tested for qualifications! Not this nonsense of corporal punishment which is against our values as country. I want to know our Minister of Education position on this controversial issue.
Gustav Fridolin (Minister of Education): Good, I have to say to all of you members of the Riksdag, corporal punishment is not our way and the the bigger problem is that our education system is in need of an overhaul. We need smaller class sizes, more teachers, better buildings, and better pay. It’ll cost, but it’ll pay off in the long run. I call for your support of more funding.
Sun Baldwin (Nationalitz Party): Hey, excuse me... instead of paying a bunch of money to bureaucracies why don’t we just kick these unruly kids out, and force parents to home-school them? That way parents can stress the values they want their kids to have and give them the attention they need.
Decision: The nation is currently revamping its entire education system. On smaller classes, more teachers and better buildings.
9 May 2018
Wind farms have been set up across the country, generating enormous amounts of renewable energy for the citizens of Montenbourg. However, there are some who feel that they cause more problems than they solve as the Union Against Eolics a pressure group.
Rick Snow (Union president): Hideous eyesores! All I wanted when I retired was a little cottage in the country; somewhere to pursue my hobby in watercolors - but no, the hippies just had to spoil it for everyone didn’t they? This place was beautiful! Green fields and perfect blue skies! Not anymore, though! These unnatural monstrosities are ruining my damn view! They should be taken down and scrapped!
Yui Boothroyd (Liberal Party): Oh, cry me a river. Just one of these wind turbines can power over a thousand homes each year and with only a minute fraction of the environmental impact of burning fossil fuels! These people are literally in favour of doing more harm to the environment they’re supposedly ‘protecting’ from wind farms! It’s beyond hypocrisy and very, very selfish. These ignorant villagers should be ashamed of themselves!
Dana Hansen (Green Party): Perhaps we’re just putting them in the wrong place? We should be building wind farms out at sea! Strong uninterrupted winds and no local residents to disturb! Sounds like the perfect solution, if you ask me. Setting them up and maintaining them’s going to cost a bomb of course but... well, it’s worth it right?
Decision: Grand part of the countryside is shrouded by wind farms. But relocating locals to new places.
10 May 2018
After the Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that they received a record number of applicants for naturalization, people have once again begun to debate who should or should not be considered Montenbourgian countrymen.
Adolf Reinzed (Nationalitz): Well, blood really decides it all. Without the genes that allowed for such historical greatness, our ancestors could never have built such a fine country. To protect their timeless achievements, we must settle once and for all that a citizen of Montenbourg can only come from ethnically pure parents. Other races cannot pollute our citizenry, lest they undermine the very values that the nation depends upon.
Tamara V. Banks (Liberal): Hey, that’s absolutely horrific! Montenbourg needs to be open to all colors, creeds and cultures that come here to live a better life. Nothing justifies punishing people for having the ‘wrong’ birthplace or family tree. Everyone born in Montenbourg deserves the right for equal treatment! And even if you weren’t born here, it should be easy to join the ranks of your fellow citizens!
Björk Flanders (Classical Monarchist): Absolutly horriffic Mr. Reinz, and against DACAM's Kings Order. But Anyone hypothetically can become a citizen, but they first need to fully understand our way of life. If you’re not ready to learn the values that are the bedrock of Montenbourg, you’ve got no business being part of our Kingdom. That means memorizing all forty verses of the national anthem and being able to list all 1,024 cantons in alphabetical order, like any true citizen of Montenbourg can. Only those who pass a stringent exam can prove themselves to be true Montenbourgians.
Decision: Naturalization process are taking roots for inmmigrants and refugees.
17 May 2018
It has long been traditional in Montenbourg for Members of Parliament (Riksdag) to set their own salary. This has, however, led to a recent vote in which members unanimously tripled their pay. Watchdog groups have spoken out against this.
Fahd Kelly (Leader of the Group): "Wouldn’t the world be a happier place if we could all decide our wages. Who in their right minds would vote against getting more money with no strings attached? This quite obviously cannot be allowed to continue or where will it end? That money should be used to fund hospitals, not personal luxuries! Well enough is enough! Politicians’ salaries should be set by public vote! Maybe then we’ll see something more reasonable!”
Lana Rhodes (Classical Monarchist): “I couldn’t agree less. Sure, some people might think that having eight cars and three secretaries is excessive, but I’m doing our country a valuable service. Probably one of the most important services there is: representing the people and deciding what course our country should take. It’s an incredibly stressful job and there’s no way we could do it with lower pay. Members of Parliament ought to be allowed anything they want in return for all they do for Montenbourg. If we have what we want we’re less likely to take bribes too."
Rod Yeltsin (Nationalitz): “Perhaps there’s a way to compromise. The problem here is that politicians could either be paid too little or too much. What if we paid them just right by paying them according to how well they do their job? Keep a close monitor on the needs of their constituencies and give bonuses for resolving problems and coming under budget. It gives them a proper monetary incentive to do their jobs. Some will have a harder time than others and the whole idea may be costly but if it cracks down on corruption I’m all for it.”
Decision: Members of the Riksdag are less to recieve on bribery, because of the salary.
30 May 2018
Tens of thousands of citizens have taken to the streets demanding the right to smoke whatever they want, wherever they want.
“Ever since smoking was banned, I’ve been a gibbering wreck,” laments Ellie Stone. “You just don’t understand - I need to smoke! And sometimes I need to roll a little bit more than tobacco. It’s not a luxury. In a place as Montenbourg, we should at least be able to have some escape. Even if it does mean escaping to a world full of dancing badgers, talking mushrooms and luminous colors. Representatives please, allow us a bit more freedom to get high.”
Johann Burton (CMP): Things are fine just the way they are. The laws just need better enforcement - we need harsher punishments, better border controls, more police officers, and some education for youngsters, telling them to just say ‘no’. Do you know how many times our people had to bring kids into rehabilitation clinics? Do you know how many kids out there are getting lung cancer? It’s heartbreaking, it really is. We need some more support from the government if we are to reach our goals.
Decision: The police have reaffirmed their tough stance on drugs.
Home Affairs Minister’s (Morgan Johanson) Questions and Answers to the Riksdag
2 June 2018
Speaker: Order, order! Oral questions to the Minister of Home Affairs will begin. He will be taking questions from the Riksdag. I call the Home Affairs Minister.
Baron Skelmersdale (CMP): Mr Speaker, Is the Home Affairs minister and their Government in support of secularisation, and if not, will the Government support legislation to repeal secularisation?
Minister for Home Affairs: Mr. Speaker, The Government has not current plans to repeal the Secularisation Act or any section of it.
Baron Skelmersdale (CMP): Mr Speaker, Do I understand by the Minister's silence as to his personal opinion on this and my other questions, that he personally wishes the Government was acting otherwise? Or does he personally support the Acts which I have quoted?
Baron Skelmersdale (CMP): Mr Speaker, Is the Minister and their Government in support of the separation of the state and marriage, and if not, will the Government support legislation to repeal the Separation of State and Marriage Act?
Minister for Home Affairs: Mr. Speaker, This Government has no current plans to repeal the Marriage Act or any section of it, we don't understand the somewhat conservative motives of the colleague. I insist to make your point.
Rod Yeltsin (Nationalitz): Mr Speaker, Will the Home Minister do the right thing and revoke the citizenship of the newly-entered-refugees that are from Dromund Kass and other terrorist lands, that affect our soil doing criminal acts, which definitely are terrorists!
Minister for Home Affairs: Mr. Speaker, The Home Office must do all it can to prevent terrorism across Montenbourg and Europe, and where Montenbourgian citizens are involved we are faced with a number of options. The revoking of citizenship, for refugees who entered in crime, is an extreme measure which must be considered on a case-by-case basis, but it is a tool I am certainly not afraid to use to prevent the small number of terrorists who enter or leave our country. But this is rarely and we will promote ensuring the DACAM and work for better integration of the refugee communities.
Rod Yeltsin (Nationalitz): Mr Speaker, What does the home Minister think about the amnesty for illegal migration bill and the DACAM and does he agree with me that Montenbourg should be not be encouraging illegal immigration?
Minister for Home Affairs: Mr. Speaker, It is important that we do not utilise a one size fits all policy when it comes to immigration. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Minorities (DACAM), issued under King's Order, does indeed send a worrying message to those who consider coming here illegally, I understand this in matter of language but this is an act not a bill, thats why I encourage the representative to keep on working on the Inmigration Reform Act that I remind him that their party is not collaborating. It is important that we maintain the strength of our borders, and not encourage people to take illegal and often dangerous routes to enter the Kingdom illegally, but we must be firm and sensible. Our office and actions are not designed to be blindly enforced without consideration given to the individual circumstances of each case. Nor are they designed to remove productive young people to countries where they may not have lived or even speak the language. Discretion, which is used in so many other areas, is especially justified here. That's why our promotion of the Refugee Act as an example of how we are doing good for those who are in peril.
Dana Hansen (Green Party): Mr. Deputy Speaker, If I may! Can the Home Minister give us any Further updates on the Apulian situation? as you delivered the message.
Deputy Speaker: Mr Speaker, I sadly received no response from the Foreign Office after his statement to the Riksdag regarding the Apulian scandal. I will provide the text of the statement to the Right Honorable member in hopes they will be able to provide answers to the Montenbourgian people on the matter.
I thank the Minister of Foreign Affairs for their statement today, in privee. However, I cannot find it in good conscious to not bring up a number of concerns my party and the Montenbourgian people have.
Firstly, many of these cases were triggered due to this “hostile environment” that successive governments have maintained since it was first introduced by William Anderson in 2010. This hostile environment policy was intended to make Montenbourgian life so inherently difficult that anyone living in this country would wish to leave. Beyond the Apulian generation, will the Minister of Foreign Affairs commit to reviewing previous Home Office tactics to allow the Montenbourgian people to realize the scope of what these tactics did to not just refugees and migrants living in this country legally, but to Montenbourg citizens themselves?
Secondly, the Health and Social Care Act 2012 includes provisions that enables the Home Office to request the immigration statuses of those who request treatment from the Health Service, which could result in intimidation for those who rightfully wish to seek treatment without fear. Can the Foreign Minister commit the Government to supporting a repeal of such provisions from the Health and Social Care Act 2012?
Finally, the fact that the Minister did not announce any inquiry into the Home Office’s role in the scandal is something I find concerning. Will the Minister announce an inquiry into the Home Office’s role in creating the Apulian scandal?
Minister for Home Affairs: Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the Deputy Speaker response and apologise that I was unable to respond to it sooner, as minister of Home Affairs not as Foreign Affairs.
On the first point, I have made clear my opposition to the "hostile environment" towards legal immigrants. I am confident that we have left such attitudes in the past and that this Government and this Home Office will have a more 21st century approach to legal migration and the rights of foreign nationals in this country. The Home Office is continuing to learn from the mistakes made in the Apulian era, and as such we are constantly reviewing our tactics to improve our work.
It is important to realise that the powers of the Home Affairs Minstry are necessarily wide-reaching, but that there is a strong difference between the powers that the Home ministry has and the powers the Home Minister regularly uses. The Health and Social Care Act provisions are not designed to intimidate people, but rather to uphold our security. There will be exceptional circumstances in which the Home Office will deem it necessary to request information from the HS, and these circumstances mean I cannot support a repeal of this provision. It is an occasional but important tool in upholding the security of this nation.
An inquiry into the Home Office's actions shall be considered further by myself, the Prime Minister, and the civil service, and I shall update the Riksdag further if there are any developments in this area.
Mamiko English (Independent): Mr Speaker, Knife crime has risen to extraordinary levels in recent months and years in Montenbourg cities such as Montague, Bordeauxville and Duketown. Does the Government have a plan to combat these record levels of violent crime in our cities?
Minister for Home Affairs: Mr. Speaker, This Government is committed to introducing 10,000 extra police officers to police forces up and down the country, enabling us to have more police officers on patrol, more police officers responding to violent crime, and more preventative work in the community. This Government is ensuring a safer Montenbourg .
Barbara Mulder (LP): Mr Speaker, What has the Home Ministry done to tackle extremism on social media?
Minister for Home Affairs: Mr. Speaker, The Honourable Miss Mulder will recall that I published a Green Paper on this matter last year, and as such I wish to continue the work started by that consultation. I think the work of the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit is crucial, and as such I will investigate what more can be done to allocate more resources to the vital work done by officers of this unit.
In terms of social media, we are constant communication with leading social media platforms regarding this and other issues, and have seen promising steps taken through the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism. We recognise that there is a long way to go, but I believe the social networks, the Home Office, and this Government are making bold strides towards stamping out extremism online.
Kurt Slomot (Independent): Mr Speaker, Is the Home Minister and their Government in support of voting at 16, and if not, will the Government support legislation to raise the voting age?
Minister for Home Affairs: Mr. Speaker, The Government has not current plans to introduce legislation to alter the voting age.
Manuel Belcheri (CMP): Mr Speaker, Is the Home Minister and their Government in support of the legal status of drugs in this country, and if not, will the Government support legislation to make drugs illegal again?
Minister for Home Affairs: Mr. Speaker, This Government does not currently have plans to repeal the Drug Reform Act or any section of it.
Britney Rhee (Nationalitz Party): Mr Speaker, Will the Home Ministry support the training and funding of additional armed police officers and does he agree with me that this is an important step to combat the threat of terrorism and serious crime?
Minister for Home Affairs: Mr. Speaker, I wholeheartedly agree with the Member, and hope the whole Riksdag will join me in commending the work that our Authorised Firearms Officers do every day to retain the Kingdom's status as one of the safest countries in Europe.
This Government has pledged to fund 10,000 extra police officers over 5 years, and it expected that as we expand training opportunities to accommodate this increase, opportunities to train as an AFO will increase. This will make our streets safer, not only in terms of armed threats, but will greatly reduce less serious offences.
As Home Minister, I wish to investigate to offer all frontline police officers the opportunity to routinely carry a Taser stun gun, subject to the high levels of training already undertaken by those officers who regularly carry Tasers. My personal desire is that Taser usage should always be accompanied by bodycam recording.
I am disheartened to read reports in the media that police officers are discouraged from becoming AFOs because of a fear of prosecution in the rare instance that they use their firearms. Authorised Firearms Officers have a strict level of responsibility with their weapons, but we must not create a culture where those we rely upon to defend us are afraid to do so, and it is this Government's ambition to maintain the high standards of policing that this country has enjoyed for years. But by these means is not a nationalistic stance, is a safety one.
Neil Yeats (Green Party): Mr Speaker, it comes to my attention this... What steps are the Home Office taking to reduce cases of sexual violence and assault in immigration detention centres?
Minister for Home Affairs: Mr. Speaker, My Honourable Friend raises a very serious issue, and one that is important to me as Home Minister. Sexual violence should never occur, but when it is taking place within Home Office facilities it is absolutely intolerable.
I want to make it very clear that there is a zero tolerance approach to abuse by members of staff throughout the police and Border Force. Anyone suspected of abuse will be suspended pending inquiry, and should they be found to have committed an offence they will be prosecuted.
In terms of those being held in immigration detention centres committing offences, we are encouraging staff at this centres to be extremely vigilant to this issue. We will also consider plans to introduce regular and confidential health checks of those held in these centres during which. No-one, regardless of immigration status, should be subjected to the physical and mental trauma of sexual violence.
Speaker: Order! thank you Minister and this was all for today.
Health Minister’s (Bernard Sanders) Questions and Answers to the Riksdag.
Speaker: Order, order! Oral questions to the Minister of Health will begin. He will be taking questions from the Riksdag. I call the Health Minister.
Pauller Rand (CMP): Mr Speaker, Does my friend see any merit in the idea of an Insurance Base healthcare policy? And on that note does he see merit in privatisation more generally?
Minister of Health: Mr Speaker, No, I do not. Healthcare should not be a commodity, it should be a right. We see in other countries of europe where healthcare is based on private insurance, the exorbitant costs that most ordinary, working people simply cannot afford it. The Health Office is one of our nation's greatest achievements providing free at the point of use, quality healthcare. Urgent, accident, immediate, basic, and other important services will always be better provided by our HO to people as they need them, free of cost. The government taking care of its people is the greatest sign of a civilised society.
Pauller Rand (CMP): Mr Speaker, Does my Right Honourable friend believe that a State ran healthcare system is sustainable in the long run?
Minister of Health: I absolutely believe the HO is sustainable in the long run, but like any system it has hiccups, and this Government has a plan to deal with these that will be unveiled as soon as it is ready.
Tamara V. Banks (Liberal): Mr Speaker,Does my friend agree with me that there has been a lack of focus on social care within the Opposition and that it is only this government who can deliver the vital reforms needed to ensure sustainable social care?
Minister of Health: I absolutely do. Social care is a fundamental part of the health of this nation, and it has been ignored for far too long. It is key to this Government's vision for the health of our nation that the elderly, disabled, and vulnerable get the social care they need, and, fundamentally, deserve. The upcoming HO bill will, among other measures, have an explicit focus on reforming hospital transitions, to ensure people are moved from social care to hospital, and vice versa, effectively. This is an absolutely critical part of the care of people with social care needs. We must make these transitions much smoother and more coordinated, so they actually work for those in need. Ensuring that those being provided with social care can get appropriate, and fast, health care, with everything that goes with it, is a priority for this government. So, yes, I absolutely agree with my Friend that only this government can deliver the vital reforms needed to ensure sustainable social care. And we will push it to other countries in Europe as well.
Prime Minister’s (Xavier Bettel) Questions and Answers to the Riksdag.
Speaker: Order, order! Oral questions to the Prime Minister will begin. He will be taking questions from the Riksdag. I call the Prime Minister.
Britney Rhee (Nationalitz Party): Mr Speaker, what is the Prime Ministers view on minimum alcohol pricing and sin taxes?
Prime Minister: While it varies from product to product as to the level, it is my clear view that items that actively damage the health of individuals, that cause addiction and substance abuse are not products we should be incentivising through lower and lower taxes. If you want to know what harms the very poorest and worse off in society, it’s making damaging substances more readily accessible and cheaper, and this government is in the business of protecting our very poorest.
Barbara Mulder (LP): Mr Speaker, what plans does the Government have to bring about peace in the East?
Prime Minister: It is my firm belief that if we are to establish a peaceful and longlasting accord then all sides must come to the table in the spirit of co-operation, talking specifically about the Kyrzbek situation. In matters of the Kassian crisis, If we got hung up on the words of some candidates that goes against refugees every time, we'd have very little time for the rest of the days business. The alienation of refugees, in the context of dealing with illegal immigration, is an inhumane practice that has no place in any country. The Kingdom of Montenbourg is a fair and open society which will not stand for damaging minorities in horrible ways, and we fully condemn it.
Kurt Slomot (Independent): A simple question - does the Prime Minister believe that the hiring process for any job should actually take account of the qualifications of an applicant for said job?
Prime Minister: I am a firm believer that job appointments should be looked at principally on merit of the applicants, what they bring to the table from either experience, educational qualifications, or from their individual character. It should not always be case of who you know that lands you a job.
Baron Skelmersdale (CMP): Will the Prime Minister condemn the ideology of fascism or is it something he is happy to embrace and tolerate, as we see they are in go with oppressive regimes?
Prime Minister: Fascism has no place in modern Montenbourg or in any modern, free, and open democracy. It is inherently the opposite.
Johann Burton (CMP): Does the prime minister agree with me that the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Trade are doing an excellent job to further our economy and is working in the interest of all of the Montenbourgian people?
Prime Minister: I absolutely agree. The Ministers has been playing a crucial role in developing the economic policy of the country and this government and I’m very glad to see them take the role in their stride. It all plays a key role in developing a budget that works for the country and that delivers on the commitments we have made.
Rod Yeltsin (Nationalitz): What plans does the Prime Minister have to tackle the issue of Airbnbs being used as pop-up brothels in the South East?
Prime Minister: Didn't hear about that, the government will be examining the situation closely and first looking at what the companies that offer such services are able to do first before we step in with legislation if it needed.
Dana Hansen(Green Party): Will the Prime Minister commit to increasing funding for the number of police officers and community support officers in the upcoming Budget?
Prime Minister: I cannot comment on the contents of the budget at this time, as things are always subject to change, however, I strongly believe in the role of our police officers. It is crucial they always have the resources they need.
Tamara V. Banks (Liberal): Will the Prime Minister join me in condemning the State of Turkmeibaijan for their abuses and opression against the Kyrzbek peple officially recognised by Inquistan Bishop Karinn Lallana?
Prime Minister: I understand the situation and share some views of Lallana, but I can be expressly clear that Montenbourg foreign policy concearning Turkmeibaijan and Kyrzbek situation, is supporting a two-party solution, this has not changed at this time and we maintain that all sides should come together to resolve the matter diplomatically. We do not want to see any further violence.
Björk Flanders (Classical Monarchist): Many candidates of Angleter are opossing the Refugee Protection Act what is your views on that?
Prime Minister: Look, Councillor Granger and I really saw that the European Union needed clear and fair rules about refugees, asylum seekers and general protocol, and that's why we created the Act. The overall objective of the Act is to open a dialogue and go from a system which, by design or poor implementation of our member nations, encourages uncontrolled or irregular migratory flows to one which provides orderly and safe pathways to the EU for third country nationals. Opening a diaogue, is not imposing. Their rhetoric, of no refugees, is no-good for our European spirit.
Neil Yeats (Green Party): Well the now Premier Commissioner voted against the Act, she said that the Act put no limit on the migrant's right to claim asylum elsewhere if refused in their current host country, which she says they can use their host as a 'staging ground' where they could 'shop around' for a nation that will accept them on the best possible terms, dragging the process out for as long as possible.
Prime Minister: As I said earlier, norms in each country may vary, now I don't know a case in which the host country has refused an already refugee.
Adolf Reinzed (Nationalitz): Under this Act should refugees be recognize as permanent residents?
Prime Minister: No that's not the point...We understand that under this Act any Refugee that flee a country, under the approval of the host, which is unstable shouldn't be restricted their human rights. And if the situation extends then the host country needs to find a viable solution for long-term. Later the Minister of Foreign Affairs will lead this discussion.
17 August 2018
Today Minister of Foreign Affairs, Elizabeth McCord presented to the Riksdag the Europe Economic Cooperation Act, commonly known as the McCord Plan.
Elizabeth McCord (Minister of Foreign Affairs): Much depends on health and vigor of our own society. Europe's rise of Nationalism and Populism is like a malignant parasite which feeds only on diseased tissue. This is point at which domestic and foreign policies meets… every courageous and incisive measure to solve internal problems of our own society, to improve self-confidence, discipline, morale and community spirit of our own people, is a diplomatic victory… We must formulate and put forward for other nations a much more positive and constructive picture of the sort of Europe we would like to see than we have put forward in the past. It is not enough to urge people to develop political processes similar to our own. Many foreign peoples, in Europe at least, are tired and frightened by experiences of the past and are less interested in abstract freedom than in security. They are seeking guidance rather than responsibilities. We should be better able than other countries to give them this. And unless we do, other with nationalist and populist ideas certainly will.
Speaker: Could you explain yourself Minister...
Elizabeth McCord (Minister of Foreign Affairs): Yes...At the present moment in Europe history, nearly every nation must choose between alternative ways of life. The choice is too often not a free one. One way of life is based upon the will of the majority and is distinguished by free institutions, free elections, freedom of speech and religion… The second way of life is based upon terror and oppression, a controlled press and radio, fixed elections and suppression of personal freedoms. I believe that it must be the policy of the Kingdom of Montenbourg to support free peoples who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities or outside pressures. I believe that we must assist free peoples to work out their own destinies in their own way. One of the primary objectives of the foreign policy of the Kingdom is the creation of conditions in which we and other nations will be able to work out a way of life free from coercion… To ensure the peaceful development of nations, free from coercion, the Kingdom has taken a leading part in the European Union, The European Union is designed to make possible lasting freedom and independence for all its members.
Elizabeth McCord (Minister of Foreign Affairs): Europe is not static, and the status quo is not sacred. But we cannot allow changes in the status quo in violation of the Declaration of Human Rights of the Constitution of the European Union by such methods as ignorance, or by such subterfuges as political infiltration. In helping free and independent nations to maintain their freedom for all without discrimination. Collapse of free institutions and loss of independence would be disastrous not only for them but for the world. Discouragement and possibly failure would quickly be the lot of neighbouring peoples striving to maintain their freedom and independence.
Speaker: I understand...
Elizabeth McCord (Minister of Foreign Affairs): Right now we have a leadership that we must honor. If we falter in our leadership, we may endanger the peace of Europe– and we shall surely endanger the welfare of our own nation. Because the seeds of nationalist regimes are nurtured by misery and want. They spread and grow in the evil soil of poverty and strife. They reach their full growth when the hope of a people for a better life has died. We must keep that hope alive. The free peoples of the world look to us for support in maintaining their freedoms. We must take immediate and resolute action. I therefore ask the Riksdag to provide authority for assistance to the European Central Bank under the authority of the Commissioners and the European Council in the amount of $300 billion for the period ending September 30th of this year…
The members start buzzing
Elizabeth McCord (Minister of Foreign Affairs): ... to assist in the tasks of reformation of European institutions, the working for a unified Eurozone and the encouragement for the development of liberal-democratic systems of government in Europe for the purpose of supervising the use of such financial and material assistance as may be furnished. I recommend that authority also be provided for the instruction and training of 850,000 Montenbourg troops selected to serve at the Eurocorps…
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Speaker: I understand that this is a serious course upon which you want us to embark. Order! Order!
Elizabeth McCord (Minister of Foreign Affairs): This is an investment for Europe's freedom and peace. I would leave the Riksdag to decide. Understand that we have a shot at winning this upcoming elections and we want to prove to Europe that we are committed to this.
Speaker: I would not recommend it except that the alternative is much more serious. And as a Progressive it is indeed, I call the this debate open.
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18 August 2018
Jacob Groeningen presents the latest bill.
Jacob Groeningen (CMP):
Honorable members, right now the Liberal government of Bettel just comprimise our commitment to the betterment of all European nations. I know that out there, my colleague from Inquista Karinn Lallana is up for this. We have to end blatant ignoring of the plight of the Kyrzbek people for the past years and the many injustices against them, to push for peace in the South, and to ensure the safety of families and religious minorities against the ever growing threat of instability. This Government is doing nothing, is just compromising, and not supporting the ones that are more damaged. Here by I present you members of the Riksdag this Act:
Be it enacted by the Riksdag of the Kingdom of Montenbourg,
The Kingdom of Montenbourg hereby recognizes the Kyrzbek Republic as a sovereign state, with borders defined in Kharabad, Arak, Küran and Näzelkamanabad.
The Kingdom of Montenbourg will be committed to calling out acts of terror by the Government of Turkmenbaijan, as well as start to call out the State of Turkmenbaijan for human rights violations against the people of the Kyrzbek Republic.
The Kingdom of Montenbourg shall hereby open a "Unified Embassy" in Kharabad. Inviting both the State of Turkmenbaijan and the Republic of Kyrzbek in a forum that would act in the hopes of bringing the two peoples closer.
The Kingdom of Montenbourg will send military aid in all forms to the Kyrzbek Republic until a complete Turkmenbaijan withdrawal from he Kyrzbek Republic to the borderlines is initiated.
Thank you, I present you this proposal.
Johann Burton (CMP): Sorry I will not support this bill, I find it quite disturbing that it was introduced by my respectable colleagues.
Tamara Banks (Liberal): I am, what some would call, a moderate. I'm against this, not because I'm against a Kyrzbek state, but I'm against the government taking sides in this matter. We're only asking for trouble. And right now His Majesty's Government is open to keep the talks and working for progress in the region.
Baron Skelmersdale (CMP): Turkmenbaijan does need to withdraw their settlements and stop playing wag the dog. But Kyrzbek has basically shown that they are a terrorist organization and rewarding them with a unified embassy in Kharabad isn't the best way to approach Israel, at all.
Kurt Slomot (Independent): This is wrong. Turkmenbaijan is one of our greatest and most loyal allies in the region. Besides, Kyrzbek is 100% a terrorist organization. We shouldn't support them by supporting their state's existence.
Barbara Mulder (LP): Well...A great and loyal ally that has abuse in human rights, and does not support us in many issues. They are very mild sauce in taking stances.
Britney Rhee (Nationalitz Party): You might want to look at some of the reasons why Kyrzbek's support terrorism if you want to curb its influence. Like the social services run by Kyrzbek and its affiliates for instance. If the people who live there weren't facing these hostilities, they wouldn't be influenced by violent organizations. Perhaps the organizations in question wouldn't be using violence to begin with.
Dana Hansen(Green Party): So wait, you think that states should not be recognized if they have violent armed organizations within them? By that logic, Turkmenbaijan shouldn't be recognized either, considering there are a lot of armed and violent baijains who openly talk about genocide against Kyrzbeks.
Tamara Banks (Liberal): I feel like I am repeating myself with a lot of these CMP bills, but I will say it again: This kind of drastic, unilateral action in delicate diplomatic situations will only do harm to the stability of the region. If this resolution passes, there will be more conflict and more death, there's no way around it. Situations like this Turkmeibaijan/Kyrzbek conflict need to be solved through diplomatic cooperation over time, not by brash bills submitted by representatives who have no thought for the impacts their bills will have.
Björk Flanders (Classical Monarchist): We have a rep here who has shown through his bills that he’s trying to play Prime Minister. He has tried to dictate, change, and eliminate executive departments and now he is trying to dictate foreign policy and diplomacy.
Neil Yeats (Green Party): But this is like his first bill of the Riksdag tho.
Kurt Slomot (Independent): Although I am the one to LOVE recognizing self declared states I wont be the one to love this bill however. Turkmenbaijan is our ally and we must protect them no matter what.
Barbara Mulder (LP): Who says they are our allies? It shouldn't be. They're out of control Baijanis who don't respect any country other than their makeshift one. They don't respect the Kingdom either. They run you-hurt-me politics to bribe our country's lawmakers to get their way. They want our country's money and weapons to carry out their dirty work. If you love Turkmenbaijan so much, move there, become an Baijani citizen and drop your Montenbourgian citizenship. Because you seem more concerned about Turkmenbaijan than anywhere else, even the country you're supposed to represent.
Kurt Slomot (Independent): Well you see there's a difference between legitimate countries fighting for independence and illegitimate countries such as Kyrzbek. One difference is that the former has democratic institutions already installed, Kyrzbek has no democratic institutions and let terrorism rise to power. Another difference is that other want-to-be-countries aren't filled with extremists like Kyrzbek is and aren't committing terrorist attacks/killings on civilian populations, unlike Kyrzbek. There's a thing called trade, ever heard of it? If we want something from Turkmenbaijan we give them money so that we can get the said resource that we desire, same thing goes with Kyrzbek, they want some weapons? Sure we can give it to them it doesn't matter what they do with it after we give it to them. It's theirs now. And we have an "excellent trade deal". This suggestion is absolutely absurd, just because I care for multiple nations doesn't mean that I want to move. I still love Montenbourg and carry the title of Montenbourg First with pride. The notion that you just brought there just shows your incompetency towards other races and nationalities.
Dana Hansen(Green Party): No... Your calling Kyrzbeks "illegitimate" is also ridiculous. Kyrzbek has been there far longer than Turkmenbaijan has. If you think Turkmenbaijan is "legitimate" but Kyrzbek isn't, then you either don't know much history or you have some kind of a bias against South people having countries. Your claim of "democratic institutions" in Turkmenbaijan is vague and meaningless. You made no effort to even define what you mean by that. As for evidence of Turkmenbaijan lobbying, please look up ATPAC. It's kind of a big lobbying institute in Montenbourg and they're a major reason why many of our politicians seem so spineless in dealing with Turkmenbaijan's war crimes, that's why the TurkOil media boom, the private sector is dealing aside from government. The billions of Monten Pounds that the Kingdom gives to Turkmenbaijan is not "trade", the Kingdom isn't buying anything from Turkmenbaijan, the private sector of the Kingdom are simply propping up the Turkmenbaijan regime. The fact that you don't know any of this shows how little your understanding of the situation is and how much you should not be in charge of policymaking on this issue.
Mamiko English (Independent): Now I fully agree in working to ease the pain of the Kyrzbeks people. As you can see I co-sponsored this bill, now I believe that we need cooperation from both Turkmenbaijan and the Kyrzbek Republic in order to move forward. Of course I also recognize Turkmenbaijan's concerns about a recognized Kyrzbek Republic and the need for an Turkmenbaijan military presence due to militant operations made by Kyrzbek Minority Party. Which is why I support that this legislative act condemns Kyrzbek Minority Paerty as a terroristic organisation, something I believe the Kyrzbek Republic could agree with.
Dana Hansen(Green Party): I don't see that...
Lana Rhodes (Classical Monarchist): I believe that it is important that we recognize the plight of the Kyrzbek people; however, I am concerned that opening a "Unified Embassy" for two peoples who don't get along will only escalate tensions in the region.
Tamara Banks (Liberal): This is a bad idea. While unquestionably this conflict is a messy one that ought to come to a resolution, this one stands to cause an even bigger mess than we have now. The terms of the Kyrzbek-Turkmenbaijan arrangement must be agreed upon by the countries themselves. The Kingdom doesn't call the shots here. On top of that, neither Turkmenbaijan nor Kyrzbek would be content with the idea of a "unified embassy". There is a reason Kharabad is so hotly contested. Each side wants the city for itself.
Speaker: I call for a special session tomorrow to decide this.
19 August 2018
Continues the debate about the Jacob Groeningen Bill proposing the Kyrzbek Recognition Act
Jacob Groeningen (CMP): The Kingdom of Montenbourg should recognize the Kyrzbek Republic and end its alliance with the genocidal project of Turkmenbaijan. It's shameful that corrupt lawmakers from all parties are trying to twist facts and make it seem as though Kyrzbeks are the aggressors when Turkmenbaijan has been illegally killing and forcing an exodus of Kyrzbeks. This is a problem of an ethnostate with apartheid policies waging an illegal war on the Kyrzbek people.
Johann Burton (CMP): Shame on you.
Tamara Banks (Liberal): I believe that the Kyrzbeks deserve a state, but to recognize them as a state now would be foolish. We should recognize Kyrzbeks as a state, but once they have, you know, a proper state.
Mamiko English (Independent): Why are we still listening to apologetics from Baijanis and their paid clowns when we could be looking at the facts? And the facts are not in favor of those who want to portray Turkmenbaijan as a "diverse" "friendly" "democracy". It is a genocidal project whose ultimate aim is to take over and break up the South.