National Election 2017 – Candidate Interviews

It’s the eve of polling day and here are our interviews with the three candidates standing to be Prime Minister in this year’s National Election. The first three questions are fairly generic. Our fourth question aimed to place the candidates on the liberal / authoritarian axis, whereas the fifth question aimed to do the same for the capitalist / socialist axis.

Interview with His Grace Sir Paul McKenna PM COA, Duke of Maternia (LABOUR)

What sets you apart from the other two candidates?
I am the best Prime Minister in Adammia’s history. Anyone who says otherwise is a purveyor of fake news.

What will be your number one priority if you win the election?
To wage hellfire and destruction on North Korea (just prior to slashing the defence budget to zero).

What are your thoughts on the state of Adammia over the past year?
The change of Prime Minister is the undoubted highlight!

Hypothetically, would you support making cannabis legal or not? Why?
No I don’t think so but would support it’s medical use.

Do you think individual people and companies should drive the economy, or should it be run by the government? Or somewhere in between?
Somewhere in between. Companies supported by government policies .

Any final thoughts?
Vote for the incumbent!

Interview with Her Imperial Highness Emperor Mother Jayne Belcher COA, Councilor for Maternia (MODERATE)

What sets you apart from the other two candidates?
I think I should be elected as I tend to take on leader role among family citizens. I am a good decision maker and in being a Moderate, I am considerate, liberal and diverse.

What will be your number one priority if you win the election?
My main priority, should I win the election would be to focus on health and leisure. I will organise walks in the countryside for citizens. I will also ensure that provision for barbecues is readily available to allow for spontaneous events.

What are your thoughts on the state of Adammia over the past year?
Adammia has functioned while the Emperor has been at university. However, this has posed logistical problems as in relation to meetings and frequency. I don’t think the newsletters have been monthly.

Hypothetically, would you support making cannabis legal or not? Why?
I would support legalised cannabis for medical conditions. It eases symptoms for several illnesses and improves quality of life. Such people should not be criminalised for being in possession. It would be interesting to look at countries like Amsterdam and see whether this seems to lead onto further drug use. Cannabis use can lead to paranoia in those susceptible to mental illness. By the same token, alcohol probably causes more problems to self and society at large.

Do you think individual people and companies should drive the economy, or should it be run by the government? Or somewhere in between?
I think individuals and companies do drive the economy but I don’t think they should control / govern it as personal gain and corruption could come into play. That said, a government could be involved in underhand practices which could never be made public knowledge.

Interview with His Imperial Highness Prince Jake, Duke of Primoria (LIBERAL)

What sets you apart from the other two candidates?
I spent more time around the Emperor, which makes things more convenient.

What will be your number one priority if you win the election?
To be helpful.

What are your thoughts on the state of Adammia over the past year?
Slightly less eventful than the other 4 years.

Hypothetically, would you support making cannabis legal or not? Why?
No, because it is highly addictive and ruins lives.

Do you think individual people and companies should drive the economy, or should it be run by the government? Or somewhere in between?
Government, because they have more authority and more people can decide on something.

Any final thoughts?
I don’t understand a lot of this.

Our final pre-election analysis, including analysis of the interviews, will be published shortly. Stay tuned tomorrow as we carry out our live feed of election results from across the Empire.

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