Post by Magniloqueu Épiqeu da Lhiun on Feb 15, 2018 18:03:31 GMT -6
Of course, I cannot compel anyone to do anything. A summons is just that – a summons. Not a subpoena, which the Senate cannot issue (and even if we were to issue one, it would have no effect. What could we do; pout and be put up with someone who does not show up?)
And recognising him to be in contempt of our proceedings does not mean jack, if I may be so blunt. It does, however, show in record that this person has not submitted to the procedures set forth, and has refused to co-operate with the Senate. It is their choice to co-operate, or not to co-operate.
But when a Government official decides to set the tone of how his own testimony shall be conducted by one of the legislative bodies – which serve as a check and balance to the other official entities of the Kingdom –, then there is something troubling going on within that Government. And it is our duty as Senators to shed light upon this as much as we can.
The Senator Válcadác’h himself has seen the controversy over the Attorney-General’s Report and Recommendation; and surely he must have seen the protest brought forth against it by one Béneditsch Ardpresteir. We have also seen the objections made by our colleague Sir Siervicül. If the Attorney-General has made himself, as written in his Report and Recommendation, available, then he should well make himself available. And not just how it is convenient to him.
If he serves the Kingdom, then he also serves its institutions. If he cannot or will not do so, then we must protest to the fullest. Because we have a right to be informed. We have a right to Terpelaziuns, and we have a right to have Cabinet Ministers answer our questions.
So, while the Senate may not have a direct right to compel him to appear, or to answer; indirectly through the provisions of Terpelaziun, the Senate, and every single member of the Ziu, holds such power over Cabinet Ministers.
Furthermore, the Senator is seriously surprising me by mentioning party lines, which has not come up as an issue until now. And I would appreciate the Senator staying on topic in this matter, and not digressing into perceived party politics. We are the Senate, not the Cosă.