First Prime Ministerial Debate Occurs

(2/7/19)

Today, the first debate for the Office of the Prime Minister occurred at 13:00 GMT-4 between HRH Duchess Dorothy Norfolk I of the Duchy of Dellfolk and Tamcoopese President Tammy Norfolk, both from the Green-Republican Party. The debate occurred in New Tenochtitlan, to be specific the northernmost part of the mainland of the District of New Tenochtitlan. President Tammy Norfolk was physically present while HRH Duchess Dorothy Norfolk I had to be called via cell phone to be able to attend the debate. The debate moderator was HRH Prince Cooper Norfolk I, who is in charge of organizing the elections.

HRH Prince Cooper Norfolk I has transcribed the debate for the Imperial Gazette and it has been posted below. In total, there were forty-nine questions asked.

Q: “Why would you make a good Prime Minister?”

TN: “I am smart and ambitious.”

DN: “I am sensible.”

Q: “What do you think of the conquering of the Republic of Tamcoop?”

TN: “No. I will not support.”

DN: “I am not in favor of that if it took jobs away from them.”

Q: “What do you think about same-sex marriage?”

TN: “I support it.”

DN: “It depends on the situation.”

Q: “Should we have Anti-Discrimination laws?”

TN: “Yes.”

DN: “Yes.”

Q: “Should a business be able to deny service to a customer if the request conflicts with the owner’s religious beliefs?”

TN: “No.”

DN: “No.”

Q: “Should subdivisions be allowed to display offensive flags on government property?”

TN: “If it is solely to inflict harm or be provocative, it is illegal. Otherwise, it should be protected by freedom of speech.”

DN: “No.”

Q: “Should businesses be required to have women on their board of directors?”

TN: “No.”

DN: “Generally, yes. But, that doesn’t apply in every situation.”

Q: “Should women be allowed to wear a Niqāb, or face veil, to civic ceremonies?”

TN: “Yes.”

DN: “I cannot answer that.”

Q: “Do you support the separation of Church and State?”

TN: “Yes.”

DN: “Disapprove if it is forced on them, they should have a choice.”

Q: “What do you think of the Royal Family having slightly more power than Parliament does?”

TN: “No, I want the power.”

DN: “They should not.”

Q: “Should the government increase environmental regulations to prevent climate change?”

TN: “Yes, but in moderation.”

DN: “Yes.”

Q: “Should disposable products (such as plastic cups, plates, and cutlery) that contain less than 50% of biodegradable material be banned?”

TN: “It should be fazed out, yes. I think a direct ban would not work well.”

DN: “Yes.”

Q: “Should settlements and subdivisions be allowed to offer private companies economic incentives to relocate?”

TN: “Yes.”

DN: “It depends on the situation, I think.”

Q: “Should the government make cuts to public spending in order to reduce potential national debts?”

TN: “Yes.”

DN: “Yes.”

Q: “Should the government have a federal minimum wage?”

TN: “Yes.”

DN: “Yes.”

Q: “Should businesses be required to provide paid leave for full-time employees during the birth of a child or sick family member?”

TN: “Yes.”

DN: “Yes.”

Q: “Should the government raise or lower the tax rate for corporations whose CEO makes more than V100,000 per year?”

TN: “No.”

DN: “Yes.”

Q: “Should employers be required to pay men and women the same salary for the same job?”

TN: “Yes”

DN: “Yes.”

Q: “Should the government prevent “mega mergers” of corporations that could potentially control a large percentage of market share within its industry?”

TN: “I have mixed feelings on the subject, but I am a maybe under very limited circumstances.”

DN: “Yes, there should be a control of that.”

Q: “Do you support a universal basic income program?”

TN: “No.”

DN: “Depending on the situation.”

Q: “Do you believe labour unions help or hurt the economy?”

TN: “That is a loaded question. More times than not, the answer will be yes.”

DN: “Hurt. The unions waste money. They don’t use it in a constructive way, and I could give you examples of that.”

Q: “Would you support the creation of an intermicronational Trade Organization?”

TN: “Yes”

DN: “Probably, not if it included tariffs.”

Q: “Should the government subsidize farmers, if needed?”

TN: “Yes.”

DN: “If it is a natural disaster, then yes. But if it something that the farmers have created, then no.”

Q: “Should citizens be allowed to save or invest their money in offshore bank accounts?”

TN: “It is a problem, but it is really hard to regulate.”

DN: “They are doing that now, but I do not know if it could be controlled. Overall, I do not think it is good.”

Q: “Should the government classify Bitcoin as a legal currency?”

TN: “Yes.”

DN: “No.”

Q: “Do you support the current Firearm ban in the constitution?”

TN: “Yes.”

DN: “I think that the high velocity guns should be outlawed.”

Q: “Are you in favor of decriminalizing all types of drug use?”

TN: “No.”

DN: “No.”

Q: “Should there be term limits set for members of the House of Commons and the Prime Minister?”

TN: “Yes.”

DN: “Yes, but they should be limited to the number of terms that they could hold.”

Q: “Should it be illegal to burn the flag of the Norfolk Empire?”

TN: “No.”

DN: “Yes.”

Q: “Should victims of gun violence be allowed to sue firearm dealers and manufacturers?”

TN: “No.”

DN: “I don’t know how I feel about that, but it is up to the individual to be responsible. But I don’t think companies and manufacturers should be able to sell them or even make them.”

Q: ” Should we create a security agency?”

TN: ” Yes.”

DN: “Yes.”

Q: “Should the High Court be reformed to include more seats and term limits on judges?”

TN: “I think that the amount of judges is fine, but we do need term limits.”

DN: “Yes.”

Q: “Do you support the creation of the Military?”

TN: “No.”

DN: “Yes.”

Q: “Should we have a basic healthcare system?”

TN: “Yes.”

DN: “Yes.”

Q: “Do you support the legalization of recreational and medical Marijuana?”

TN: “Yes.”

DN: “No.”

Q: “Should the Norfolk Empire join more organizations?”

TN: “No.”

DN: “Yes, if they can afford it.”

Q: ” Would you go to war with any other micronation and under what circumstances?”

TN: “No.”

DN: “If they were a threat, then yes.”

Q: “Should the Norfolk Empire have a Police Force and Criminal Code?”

TN: “Yes.”

DN: “Yes.”

Q: “Should the Norfolk Empire have prisons?”

TN: “I guess.”

DN: “No. I think they should put all criminals on an island and give them all the food and water and they have to take care of it.”

Q: “Should a photo ID be required to vote?”

TN: “Yes.”

DN: “Yes.”

Q: “Should there be a limit to the amount of money a candidate can receive from a donor?”

TN: “Yes.”

DN: “Yes.”

Q: “Should the minimum voting age be lowered or heightened?”

TN: “Leave it be.”

DN: “It should be higher.”

Q: “Should corporations, unions, and non-profit organizations be allowed to donate to political parties?”

TN: “Yes.”

DN: “No. That might to help eliminate a lot of problems if they couldn’t.”

Q: “Should a politician, who has been formerly convicted of a crime, be allowed to run for office?”

TN: “Yes.”

DN: “No.”

Q: “Should the government increase spending on public transportation?”

TN: “No.”

DN: “Yes.”

Q: “What do you think about a Space Program?”

TN: “No.”

DN: “Yes, but not so we can go to Mars.”

President Tammy Norfolk proved herself to be more of a Socialist, Anti-Organization, Pro-Tamcoopese Environmentalist than anything while HRH Duchess Dorothy Norfolk I proved herself to be a Pro-Democracy, Anti-Labour Union Environmentalist. President Tammy Norfolk answered questions more fully than HRH Duchess Dorothy Norfolk I did but HRH Duchess Dorothy Norfolk I answered with more Centrist answers. Both are members of the Green-Republican Party, so they had about the same views.

The purpose of this debate was to help the citizens of the Norfolk Empire choose who they want to vote for in the election for Prime Minister. Hopefully this debate helped some citizens decide who they want to vote for.

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