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Minister for Magic

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Speeches

Benjamin

AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 04:10, January 13, 2015 (UTC)

"I believe in tradition, where it proves the most beneficial. If a tradition sours, by all means, get rid of it. But as the saying goes... if something isn't broken, there is no need to fix it. As I told Estella when I took the head position of the Department of Magical Accidents and Catastrophes, so I tell you: if things are working, I intend to keep them. If something needs pruning, then let it be pruned. By and large, I think that what we are doing has been entirely fruitful, and it's not necessary to change much. Estella did a wonderful job of keeping everything under control, and allowing for new advances where they proved promising. I believe in the power of interdepartmental strength, and I believe that more of that would be a good idea. Unity, not division, is what will lead us forward."



Draco

Isaac
Draco Rookwood – Durmstrang/Hogwarts
TALK – 19:19, January 12, 2015 (UTC)
"I've seen some wonderful Ministers, like the one we're losing, and worked with some legends of the law like Albie Welbraithe, yet I feel the time has come, as the twenty-first century comes of age, to try something different again. I believe wizardkind only has a long-term future if we accept our inter-reliance. As the great SF writer Isaac Asmiov put it, "Saying 'the Japanese have a pollution problem' is like saying 'there's a leak at your end of the boat'." We have to pull together, now more than ever, and I feel that applies not only to witches and wizards across the continent, and indeed beyond, but also to magical and Muggle communities. We need their tech, and frankly they could benifit from our input in a number of areas as well, so I propose we start a careful outreach program, designed to offer magical support to the environmental and othe projects that impact both communities pretty much equally. We need to recognise that the horizons are shifting, and sail out to meet them together."



Debate

Questions

Marsye1

Marsye LeClerc-Smith Seer/Head of Department of Magical Education
-{{{2}}}

 – "Even the smallest person can change the course of the future."

"To both the candidates, what is your educational policy - do you wish to give Hogwarts more autonomy or become more involved in the administration of the school? Mr Flaherty, you believe in tradition, but it is my job to break traditions in order to ensure that students at Hogwarts are recieving the correct education, as they have been doing for the duration of Minister Tyrrell's tenure. How will your domestic policy effect education?



Cecily3

Cecily Calanthe Head Stylist at Rouge Lips
-{{{2}}}

 – "You threw me down but, I'm gonna rise"

"There is a lot of underlying violence and tension between many young wizards, who are underage and therefore cannot be trialled as adults. In the Hogsmeade borough especially, where we pride ourselves on our quality service and atmosphere. I know the ministry are dealing with far more dangerous criminals - but if we don't support the straying youths now, they're going to end up on the most-wanted lists for Azkaban. My question to both of you is, how are you going to address this, if at all - as it hasn't been adressed before. What can you put in place to bring those youths back into society?"



Tania18
Tania Torres - animal lover • rip DRaCMaC Logo

- ex-owner of di Salvataggio for Magical Creatures
Message Me  - 00:44, January 14, 2015 (UTC)

"There has been a lot of illegal trading in the back streets that has been flowing through the Ministry's cracks. What will you do to aid the departments in closing those cracks and catching the illegal traders?"


Marsye1

Marsye LeClerc-Smith Seer/Head of Department of Magical Education
-{{{2}}}

 – "Even the smallest person can change the course of the future."

"In response to your answers, I'd like to counter. I, by no means whatsoever, doubt the capabilites of the current headmistress at all. But the fact of the matter is Hogwarts is not 'her' school, as you put it, Mr. Flaherty. Hogwarts is funded by our taxpayers via the ministry. My role as head of the DME is to ensure that the money we're spending to fund the school is being spent correctly. By giving it more autonomy, we have less tabs on what the money that the ministry is funding. Therefore, Sirs, I believe it is imperative that the relationship between Hogwarts and the Ministry are tighter. What counter do you have to this, because with both of your answers, it seems as my job and my department is becoming more redundant?"



Cecily3

Cecily Calanthe Head Stylist at Rouge Lips
-{{{2}}}

 – "You threw me down but, I'm gonna rise"

"I think it's ludicrous to sit back and do nothing, and blame the parents for these children. One day they're going to be filling our roles and your roles too. I understand that Hogwarts is doing it's best, but their role is to teach, not police hogsmeade for youths. What kind of society do we live in where our children are not on board with us?"



Ash Coryn
Ash Prince - Business Man
Send Me an Owl! - 13:16, January 16, 2015 (UTC)
"Given your experience inside the Ministry, what's one thing you think is working well, and one thing you think needs attention?"


ElliottVolkov
Elliott Volkov - Gryffindor Alumni • Assassin • Vampire

- “We have a choice, to live or to exist.”
Message Me  - 01:39, January 21, 2015 (UTC)

"For the vampires with good intentions that would like to seek out justice, would they be allowed to be aurors? Despite not having magic, their heightened senses would come into use in many ways, would they not?"



Benjamin

AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 02:57, January 14, 2015 (UTC)

"I have no intentions of doing away with the Department of Magical Education. That being said, I do fail to see the reason behind the Ministry evaluating teachers. In light of Amadorus' departure, I believe that we need to unite behind Elmira. We have no evidence that she is doing anything but her best. She can handle the evaluation of her staff. I do believe in continuing to implement Ordinary Wizard Levels and Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests... which perhaps could be renamed, come to think of it... through the Ministry. If Elmira expresses a desire to continue Ministry-Hogwarts relations, let her approach us. We don't need to force ourselves on her school.

OOC: I'm doing separate bubbles for each question, to keep things easier to read. This is the answer to Maryse's question.


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 03:07, January 14, 2015 (UTC)

"Straying youths, as you put it, should be in the charge of their parents, and the school to which they belong. Elmira, the Deputy Heads, and the Heads of House should be the ones consulted, not the Ministry. If there are residents of Hogsmeade who have been experiencing violence, or are concerned at all, I would suggest sending an owl in Elmira's direction. While students are in school, they are to be dealt with there. If they drop out, or are expelled, then perhaps they can become a Ministry matter, and it's something we could discuss with either the Department of Magical Education, or the Department of Magical Law Enforcement."

OOC: Cecily's Question.


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 03:07, January 14, 2015 (UTC)

"We have an excellent team that works for the Department of Magical Law Enforcement. Clearly, they cannot be everywhere at once, but perhaps an easy suggestion would be to create a small squad within the DMLE designed to track and crack down on the illegal traders. Getting other departments that might specialize in the specific items being traded, to raise awareness of street value or availability of the goods being exchanged could also be a possibility."

OOC: Tania's question


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 05:16, January 16, 2015 (UTC)

"I mean no disrespect, ma'am... But do you have any reason to believe that Elmira is incorrectly using her funds? Or that she has plans to do so? I have not seen any embezzling, or improper use of the taxpayers' funds at Hogwarts. If the taxpayers believed that their money was not being well-spent, they would send their children elsewhere. Your position in the Ministry is not in jeopardy, for the reasons I listed previously, the continuation of OWLs and NEWTs."

OOC: Benjamin's counter to Maryse.


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 05:16, January 16, 2015 (UTC)

"Is every man, woman, and child on board with every choice the government makes? No. I am not saying that straying youths are inevitable, but when you phrase your question like that... on some level you must realize what it is that you are asking. We can poll the people of Hogsmeade, but is constant Ministry policing of Hogsmeade what you wish to see for a small Wizarding village with good relations with Hogwarts?"

OOC: Benjamin's counter to Cecily.


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 22:03, January 18, 2015 (UTC)

"One thing that I believe is working well is efficiency. I believe that departments are running smoothly, and that by-and-large, tasks get completed when they need to. I think one thing we can improve on is inter-departmental communication. Occasionally I see cases where a situation at hand does not call for the expertise of one department specifically, but of two, or more. I believe that with inter-departmental communication, nuances can be handled, and we can continue to run even more efficiently."

OOC: Ash's Question


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 01:43, January 21, 2015 (UTC)

"Though full vampires are not allowed wands, I believe it would be up to the Head of the Department in question, in this case, the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, to make that sort of call. They know their needs best."

OOC: Elliot's Question



Draco

Isaac
Draco Rookwood – Durmstrang/Hogwarts
TALK – 08:05, January 14, 2015 (UTC)
"With regard to Hogwarts, and having only experienced the school for a couple of years myself, I would be loath to see the Ministry taking more than an oversight role, striving to support the faculty, who have the lore and learning to judge best what is requisite. I believe that the legacy of Amadorus Kinsel is as profound as that of Albus Dumbledore, and I feel certain that the team he put together will continue to guide the positive development of our magical youth."



Isaac
Draco Rookwood – Durmstrang/Hogwarts
TALK – 08:18, January 14, 2015 (UTC)
"My own arc, which has passed through considerable darkness, leads me to feel that both Hogsmeade and the castle have numerous merits, but it is not the place for everyone. There are souls who need the holistic atmosphere of Beauxbatons, or the natural selection of Durmstrang, since we can now guarantee that students there won't expire from another's whim. Hogsmeade businesses deserve our custom and suitable protection, but I believe that the school is doing its utmost to address the issue. The Wizengamot had and has more than enough powers to deal with genuine threats to public order, irrespective of age. Such powers must be dispensed with care, and our democracy should provide the necessary leash."



Isaac
Draco Rookwood – Durmstrang/Hogwarts
TALK – 08:29, January 14, 2015 (UTC)
"Not only in this field but across the board, I would advocate the devolution of powers to departments, clarifying the roles and responsibilities of the separate departments, and codifying their respective remits. Theft is a crime and an attack upon person and property, but the precise details of each case are so entirely relevant, that I believe the general training and then the discretion of individual Ministry employees is the way to go."



Isaac
Draco Rookwood – Durmstrang/Hogwarts
TALK – 08:34, January 16, 2015 (UTC)
"Ms. Leclerc-Smith, as you pointed out it is a collaborative process, and like parents who, despite funding the events thereof are no longer generally held to have absolute control over their offspring's development and relationships, the Ministry, I believe, is there to support and dissuade as appropriate, to provide a caring outside perspective. As the legal authority I see our role as ensuring that both the school body and parents get a fair hearing in case of conflict arising, that the changing needs of the times are considered alongside the great traditions of Hogwarts. Since the accreditation and training of examiners falls entirely within your purview, and those in turn often determine employment, I believe your contribution in all areas is and shall remain pivotal."



Isaac
Draco Rookwood – Durmstrang/Hogwarts
TALK – 08:52, January 16, 2015 (UTC)
"With regard to the issue of 'policing' Hogsmeade, I fear we are again faced with a fork in the road between long-standing precedent and contemporary need. Historically, Hogsmeade has been a de facto extension of the castle, the fiefdom of the Head. Unless a great deal of serious crime is going unreported, the problem, though unquestionably genuine, is not yet of epidemic proportions. Wizarding law has ALWAYS declared the wishes of the parents to be paramount, even to the extent that when the Statute of Secrecy was a daily matter of life and death for us all, even then attendance at Hogwarts was not compulsory. Just as parents and teachers must collaborate in education, here where learning and society overlap is a key area for very active Ministry input, and hopefully something the WEA would feel able to take a leading role in. If we are not preparing our youth for the realities of living as a 21st century magic wielder, then without doubt we should review. A spate of incidents, however, cannot shape essential national policy, although we must look into it."



Isaac
Draco Rookwood – Durmstrang/Hogwarts
TALK – 22:23, January 18, 2015 (UTC)
"With regard to the matter of illegal traders, I believe we, as a society, need to debate those materials and services which must be regulated, and then fully and adequately enforce licensing in those areas. The current backlog of legislation dating from the 15th century onwards has numerous elements which require updating, and in certain cases repealing. I feel the discussion needs to precede the reformation."



Isaac
Draco Rookwood – Durmstrang/Hogwarts
TALK – 22:33, January 18, 2015 (UTC)
"From my point of view, DRaCMaC is doing a wonderful job, in the manner of a great plumber, since we've heard of no monstrous rampage, outbreaks of unexplained disappearances or anything of that ilk. I feel the DTA is vastly - underutilised, and has the potential to be a key player in the growth of the wizarding community."



Isaac
Draco Rookwood – Durmstrang/Hogwarts
TALK – 07:01, January 21, 2015 (UTC)
"On the matter of vampires in the Auror Office, as this is my current purview I feel I would be remiss if I were non-committal. My own sentiment, which I would no more than recommend to my successor is that, while historically there has been but minimal mutual tolerance between wand wielders and vampires, there may well be a place, for those who promote the common good, within our ranks for traditionally marginalised groups. It would, however, require patient preparation, and a willingness on the part of the trailblazer to turn the other cheek to numerous slights and intentional bumps in the road."



Voting

Benjamin

AbigailWB

Professor Abigail Cassidy Charms Professor - Head of Ravenclaw - Deputy Headmistress - Infected (Stage 4)
-"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist."

 – 16:03, January 20, 2015 (UTC)

She tosses in her vote for Benjamin



Logan-Lerman
Alistair Medici - Runes Professor ♠ Ravenclaw Alumni ♠ Office

- "Learning is a way to know more. It is also a way to keep your mind sharp."
Message Me  - Frostleaf1615 (talk) 00:05, January 21, 2015 (UTC)

He tosses in his vote for Benjamin.


Sarışın-erkeklerin-daha-karizmatik-olması 754505

Erik D'Martin Gryffindor Alumni, Infected
-"No matter what happens, Family is one thing that always stays together."

 Frostleaf1615 (talk) 00:05, January 21, 2015 (UTC)

He tosses in his vote for Benjamin.


Elmira9

Professor Elmira Griffin -Headmistress of Hogwarts


 – 00:11, January 21, 2015 (UTC)

"A tough decision, but I believe Ben would do an amazing job."


Ash Coryn
Ash Prince - Business Man
Send Me an Owl! - 13:54, January 21, 2015 (UTC)
"He's the man for the job."


PaigeTurner
Professor Paige Turner - Transfiguration - Librarian - Office
Send Me an Owl! - Echostar 03:56, January 22, 2015 (UTC)
~“Books are as useful to a stupid person as a mirror is useful to a blind person.”
She filled out the ballot for Benjamin.
MaryWaters
Mary Waters - Apartment
Send Me an Owl! - Echostar 03:56, January 22, 2015 (UTC)
~“I miss the person I used to be.”
With a small grin on her face, she voted for Benjamin.
Caryl200

Evie First-Year Hufflepuff - Lil' Bubbly
-In the end, we only Regret the chances we didn't Take

 – {{{Time}}}

{{{Evie}}}


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Draco

Renee D-T

Renée Delacroix-Tyrrell Chief Warlock of the Wizengamont
-"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

 – 16:02, January 20, 2015 (UTC)

She tosses in her vote for Draco.



Elvira8

Elvira Griffin - Auror Head


 – {{{time}}}

"Having worked with Draco for years, I know he can be a great leader."


Marsye1

Marsye LeClerc-Smith Seer/Head of Department of Magical Education
-{{{2}}}

 – "Even the smallest person can change the course of the future."

She chooses Draco, placing her vote for him.



Cecily3

Cecily Calanthe Head Stylist at Rouge Lips
-{{{2}}}

 – "You threw me down but, I'm gonna rise"

"I agree with his policies more..." She says as she puts her vote in the ballot

 

Nora

Nora Déonté Head of Slytherin DADA Professor Home
-"There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice."~ Charles de Montesquieu

 – 14:55, January 23, 2015 (UTC)

She feels that both men coud do an excellent job as minister, but thinks that an 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' policy is outdated. "It's a hard choice, but my vote goes to Mr. Rookwood."
Osarah8

Sarah Grey Intelligence Auror
-"...And you, you better run because I am going to destroy you for what you've taken from me."

 – 15:07, January 23, 2015 (UTC)

Having worked in Draco's department, she feels more confident in his skills as a leader than those of Benjamin--though she assumes his are just as good. She puts her vote in for Draco.


ElliottVolkov
Elliott Volkov - Gryffindor Alumni • Assassin • Vampire

- “We have a choice, to live or to exist.”
Message Me  - 22:49, January 24, 2015 (UTC)

Elliott seemed more convinced by Draco. Although Benjamin seemed great for the role, he did agree more with Draco.


 

Joseph-Gordon-Levitt-in-TTG-Retro-1

Bryan Smith Ex-Hufflepuff
-Auror

 – Order of the Phoenix

He picks Draco, and submits his vote.




Ferlin
Ferlen - Graduated Hufflepuff - Julius Tyrrell's Senior Undersecretary - Home
Send Me an Owl! - 22:35, January 25, 2015 (UTC)
"Draco."


Isaac
Draco Rookwood – Durmstrang/Hogwarts
TALK – 00:14, January 26, 2015 (UTC)
*Well, since I squeaked in by almost the narrowest of conceivable margins, I think even tooting my own kazoo would be excessive. So, first of all, thanks and congratulations to my opponent, Mr. Benjamin Flaherty, for a clean and clear campaign. Since so many people feel he deserved the top post, the best I can do is to say, officially, that he has his free pick of any role that suits him in the Ministry, whatever the post - except mine. Secondly, I'd like to acknowledge that moving up will require me to step up my game, but before I do that, there's some old business to attend to. I said some things recently to Ms. Delacroix, in public, but they don't bear repeating. Suffice it to say, that I hope I have learned my lesson, and will suitably appreciate those who make my new job possible, as I failed to do with her. My profuse apologies for that. As for the rest of the major roles around the Ministry, obviously I will try to meet in short order with all incumbents, and we can discuss what replacements, and changes, may be in the general interest. My thanks to you all for once again showing that we can, as wizards, put our voices to good and non-magical use."