Ask the Speaker II Watch
Realised my slip up, once every four years sorry. I was too concentrated on making the point to realise my mistake. In anycase it seems either way you wouldn't see it as a reason
Anyway, let's drop this. I don't care that much.
As you do...
Why don't you go and do some gloating rather than moan about the football?
Let me see… because there's nothing to gloat over? It's a bit insulting to learn you consider me one of those people. Perhaps that time will come if we manage to be significantly better than our predecessors. (Though I'm not saying I'm not greatly satisfied and happy about Quam the Usurper's failure. )
Anyway, your performance hasn't been brilliant so far either so perhaps try to do something about it while we keep working on our output.
As you are all hopefully aware, the provisions of A141 are now in effect.
The important bit of that amendment is the following:
a. a period of four weeks has passed
b. the member is a proxy MP who has not been an MP for more than four consecutive weeks before becoming a proxy MP, unless a period of four weeks has passed since last serving as an MP for four consecutive weeks. For the purposes of this bill the election period does not count towards those four weeks of not being an MP.
– No MP who has a seat number (i.e. any permanent MP) may switch immediately to another seat number. People who are not MPs at the time (including former MPs) do not have a seat number (it will have been passed on to the MP that replaced them), and so someone may leave one seat and take up another seat, providing it is not immediately.
– An MP only loses their seat number when they are replaced (so an MP who is for whatever reason not replaced hangs onto their seat number). They may be proxied during this time if not permanently replaced immediately, but the switching regulations will still apply.
– Proxies may switch from proxying one seat to proxying another seat immediately. As a result the difference between permanent MPs and proxy MPs will need to be more strictly observed, including by myself.
– Permanent MPs cannot immediately become proxies.
– "Immediately" is defined as the public announcement of the changes being made on the same date.
– These rules are party blind, so if a member switches seat numbers to another party's seat, under seat-sharing rules or as a defection, they are not allowed to take up a seat within the new party's allocation immediately.
Could you clarify which the 'non-legislative provisions' are please?
Following the vote to leave the EU in RL last Thursday, I feel it would be helpful to attempt to clarify the situation in the MHoC.
– A referendum was held at the end of the 21st Parliament, in which the TSR electorate voted to remain in the EU – a continuation of the (then) status quo. Under the provisions of the Guidance Document, this result is binding until the end of the current (23rd) Parliament.
– Regardless of what happens in RL, a decision has been taken on TSR and that decision will stand until any further in-game changes. Basically the status of TSR in the EU will be as it is now, including the provisions of the First Canon Amendment, which allows the MHoC to overrule EU law on individual issues.
– The current situation will continue into Parliament 24 and beyond, the only change being that it will be possible to propose a bill or referendum proposing changes to TSRland's relationship with the EU.
– Were, in the future, TSRland to leave the EU and later rejoin, Canon would not be in effect (in leaving and rejoining a decision will have been taken on TSR to change the status quo) and thus the First Canon Amendment would no longer apply: EU law would not be able to be overruled without the passing of a new amendment.