James Frisch, formerly a member of the National Liberal Party of Mercia but now an independent after resigning his party membership to pursue becoming Speaker in Parliament, approached the Daily Micronational earlier today with a statement regarding a recent editorial published by Social Democratic Party MP Kit McCarthy regarding the attempts at coalition within the Mercian government.
“The article is an attempt to villainise a party for attempting to be involved in the coalition-forming process and attempting to negotiate a fair deal. There is absolutely nothing wrong with attempting to put forward a deal, and I cannot see why any of the other parties would be opposed to having another option on the table even if it’s not taken. And should the NLP not try getting into government? Why wouldn’t they? It’s not a bad thing to do. And even if it was, the PDP went to the NLP first, according to Beal na Tire. The article conveniently leaves out any mention of this fact to imply that this was something the NLP did when this wasn’t the case.
The article then says “They are directly challenging the constitutional status of an election, and the right of the voters to decide on their leaders. They need to accept that for the first time, they lost the election. They may be the largest party, but they were not capable of forming a government.” This paragraph is an even greater affront to the constitutional roles in Mercia than what it attempts to claim the NLP have done. Nobody “won” the election, it was a hung Parliament. It is true that the NLP were not on their own capable of forming a government, but neither was any other party. Since the voters didn’t choose a majority government, a coalition must be formed. And as I have said, the NLP has as much right as to be involved in forming coalitions as any other party.
This article joins “Top 10 Kennedy-isms”, another of McCarthy’s pieces, as one of the worst things I’ve seen published. Using the guise of journalism to discredit a party for attempting to fairly get into government is something I’d expect from a tabloid, and with the same level of of truthfulness too, whereas themicronational has tried to give itself an air of journalistic integrity. If we continue to see articles as pathetic as this one, then it’s not the NLP who are “destroying Mercia”, to use their standard of hyperbole, but rather the fact that Kit McCarthy, who has been so willing to lie to the people as he has done here, has made it into government.”
Count Frisch’s statement does not necessarily match the beliefs and opinions of the editorial board of the Daily Micronational.