30/04/18 - 31/11/18
|Born||Durham, United Kingdom|
|Political party||New Monarchists|
It is a political norm in Sorrenia to adopt an alias, utilising a pseudonym and alternative portrait. Thomas uses an image of Don McLean, famed American singer-songwriter.
War of the Sorrenian Succession
Advisor to the Crown
After the completion of the war, Thomas expressed no interest in running for the King's Council, but nonetheless remained involved and developed a personal friendship with the King.
Thomas remained an advisor to the King for several months, and was especially influential in relation to military policy; he worked alongside Minister for Internal Affairs Richard Brooker in attempting to create an amnesty agreement between Sorrenia and Dradelian dissidents, although ultimately failed in this end.
In the end of November, prior to the general election, Thomas was dubbed Earl of Kendal. The nobilic position is not purely honorific however, and Thomas was vested the responsibility of developing Cumbria's culture and furthering the county's integration. As a member of the Sorrenian nobility, Thomas is also granted the right to act as the King's representative and enact judicial rulings within the Kendal area.
Minister for Immigration
Thomas' appointment was rather controversial - many Sorrenians wished to establish a British-style cabinet which would practically require all members to be sourced from the King's Council or the Papal Directorate - Sorrenia's legislative houses.
As minister, Thomas has overhauled the government's immigration policy, granting immediate allowed citizenship to those from Scotland, Ireland, Wales or England. Whereas this policy was generally supported by all in relation to the former nations, the ability for English citizens to immediately become Sorrenian citizens was deeply controversial, and attracted opposition from many Northumbrianist politicians.
Those not from one of the 'brotherly' nations (as described by Thomas) could obtain citizenship after passing a test, as was prior practice; however, the new test was larger than before, and had to be obtained via the University of Sorrenia.
Thomas is generally right-of-centre, although economically more moderate than many conservative members of the New Monarchists.
For much of his life in Sorrenia, Thomas refrained from engaging in party factionalism, and worked most closely with the King rather than New Monarchist political figures. After his appointment to the Small Council however, Thomas generally aligned with centrist figures, including Claire Aurelia and Kieran Sarbrook.
Thomas is perhaps most characterised as a modernist figure. His economic policies - although remaining right-wing - distinguish him from 'Tory' figures, and his strong support for secularism alienated him from religiously conservative figures such as Peter Otterson (and indeed the King).