- May 14, 2011
I would like to remind the Honorable Count that, given the un-codified nature of this body, a similar argument could just as easily be made about our authority to pass legislation without a signature of approval of the respective agency of His Majesty's government. Certainly, the only necessary check on the authority of this chamber is the authority of His Majesty himself - an authority which you have made clear you do not question, nor believe is incapable of making appropriate judgments.I have neither the authority nor the desire to grant that ability to this august body, Your Excellency; to review a portion of His Majesty's government is neither within the purview of the Audience, nor can it be assumed without Royal Consent; in short, to allow such a cession of Royal Power would be tantamount to treason, and furthermore would constitute a vast overreach of this body's scope and authority - after all, the Audience is, at its core, an advisory institution.
Whatever the case, the attacks against my person, and indeed my secretariat, are wholly baseless - I have repeatedly questioned the veracity of the so-called confessed sorcelled up by the leaders of the People's Party, whom I believe are attempting not only to defraud me, but to lie to this body, the people of Spain, and the Crown itself. That the good revolutionary member has opted to, yet again, attempt to overreach his station and bounds, is unsurprising and indeed hints of broader anti-royalist collusion amongst the more radical parties within this chamber. I would rather the courts attend to the lies and deceits of Senor de Valle, and perhaps too the good Aldecanta.
With those factors in mind, surely there should be some level of mutual understanding between the Interior Secretariat and this Audience. We are just as much an arm of His Majesty's government as the Secretariat is, so I must question the intent to interfere in the accord between two bodies, both of which require an understanding and knowledge of the mechanics of the other in order to contribute to the governing of this nation's people.
Duc de Menorca
Deputy for Girona