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In a move that Chancellor Berdryn described as ‘a step closer to perfect democracy’,
the Rump Party’s three senators yesterday announced their intention to open talks
about a ‘face and hands’ deal with the ruling coalition.
Rumpist leader Pomble Brimes explained that he felt the time had come for his party’s
years in the wilderness to end. ‘It’s been 320 years since our split with the Admissive
Party, and after all that time our differences over the bobbin tax have come to seem
less important. Particularly as the bobbin tax was abolished a few years after the
split. And bobbins are in any case no longer used in the garment industry, I think.
To be honest, I’m not even very sure what a bobbin is. Presumably it was important
at the time. Over 200 people died in the Yarnwinder Riots, after all. But people
tended to get more excited about points of principle in those days. Anyway, I digress.
The Rump Party’s core principles of fairness and stability are not so different
from the ruling coalition’s vision for our future, and we feel our supporters will
agree that a little compromise is a small price to pay to finally see some Rump Party
policies put into action.
QRIS legal correspondent Emfra Coltin comments: A number of the smaller parties
have ‘face and hands’ deals allowing them to participate in the coalition. The deal
lets the party save face by continuing to argue against government policies, whilst
voting for those same policies in the senate (raising hands being the old-fashioned
means of voting, before senators were chipped). There are 1032 senators in total,
of whom 1011 are currently members of the coalition. The Rump Party’s three senators
would take this total to 1014, leaving only 18 senators opposing the government.
Kart Priant, Acting Chair of public comment group Cynical About Everything, responded
critically to the Rump Party’s announcement. ‘The Chancellor has long cherished
his dream of a one-party state, and disguises his ambitions with the fiction that
his coalition government is made up of independent voices. This doesn’t take us
closer to a perfect democracy, it takes us closer to the so-called ‘solid state’
Berdryn covets. It isn’t coalition government, it’s coagulation government.’