- Feb 3, 2011
"Your Imperial Majesty,
The concerns You have raised are only further proofs that our system needs reform. The first problem are the honourary titles for ministers, a fact that both my proposed act as well as MA Arceo's act would end. Right now, the ministers might be part of the Assembly, but without coming from its midst, without representing any of the people's interests. How can one say that they are true assembly members? No, they shall either receive no seat at all in the parliament, or be part of the appointed members of the Cortz. This is the only way to insure that the Assembly takes part in the government, and not the government in the Assembly, as things currently are. This might have to be another amendment:
As for the office of Second Minister, it would need reform as well, as Your Highness is right that the Act would be counterproductive as of now. The office needs a different purpose, one that better reflects Hispania's Parliament's bicameral system. Here would be my modifications ensuring that the Lead Ministry Act achieves its goal:
These reforms are necessary for the Assembly to function properly. Or we members of the Assembly must continue to tell our electors that their vote has no influence on Imperial politics whatsoever."
Indeed, some reform is needed, and I expected such when the system was created. I do have a concern though with the revised Lead Minister Act. What is to happen to the Chamberlain? It suggests the Chamberlain will no longer be head of the Cortz, seeing as either the Prime Minister or Second Minister will fill that role, but it neglects to mention the fate of this role. Seeing as it does not call for the position's abolition, it is assumed that it will still exist, which in turn means we'll have two representatives of the Cortz. If the Chamberlain is no longer going to serve as the head of the Cortz, I'd recommend it be clarified whether the position will continue to exist in a new capacity or be replaced entirely.
- His Imperial Highness, Alfons IX de Trastámara, Emperor of Hispania, Caesar of Rome, & Protector of the Greeks