Renzie and La Repubblica without shame

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“After the “80 euro”, the “Jobs Act” for a lifetime spent as a “precarious worker” and other “clever talker“ promises, Renzi even goes on about the dark heart of Italy: the slaughters for which no one has yet been found guilty. In his revelation to the newspaper La Repubblica, he said "We have decided to remove the stamp of secrecy from the documents relating to the main happenings that struck our country and we’ll transfer them to the State Archive. To be clear: we’re talking about all the documents relating to the slaughters of Piazza Fontana, of Italicum and the bombing at Bologna. We’ll do this in the next few weeks.“ Immediately La Repubblica has the headline “Secrecy about the slaughters to be removed“ and everyone falls for it.
But the “PD’s coup leader” doesn’t know what he’s talking about and neither does La Repubblica : in fact, by law it’s not possible to invoke the argument of “state secrets” in the investigations about slaughters. There are no documents relating to the slaughters that have been kept from the magistrates.
The documents that Renzi is talking about have all arrived into the hands of the prosecutors in the last twenty years and even though they reveal important information, they have certainly not revealed the whole truth. The people who are guilty of the crimes have not been found. In fact, in the latest trial for the Brescia slaughter - that made full use of the archives of the Secret Services and of the archives of the office of the President of the Council - the defendants were found “not guilty”. Meanwhile, the case of the bombing in Piazza Fontana is now considered to be closed and at the moment there’s nothing to indicate it will be reopened. A lot of documents were presented to the parliamentary committees of inquiry and these were then placed in cardboard boxes. It would be enough to make these available to the public without making bombastic false announcements Thus the documents that Renzi’s talking about are no longer secret and in many cases they can already be consulted.
Basically we‘ve got to the usual cynical TV sales spot in order to say "something sinister". Obviously state secrets do exist, and the concept was brought into play recently in the trial about the kidnapping of Abu Omar, one of the most recent examples of servility and of underselling the national interest. What sort of documents remain "untouchable“? Are they really papers from NATO, things discussing agreements about military bases, about the presence of atomic warheads in Italy, things about Italy that could be of interest to foreigners? Or are there even documents about the President and the Quirinale Palace? And who knows where so many other documents have landed up. Perhaps in some parallel archive, like the one discovered by Aldo Giannuli in Rome’s Via Appia in 1997, during Giorgio Napolitano’s reign as Minister of Home Affairs. In fact the Italian State doesn’t have a map of its archives: it’s not a matter of phantom documents, we have whole archives that are phantoms. Archives that no one knows where they are located and what they contain.
Thus: “well done” to the premier and to La Repubblica, who are promising to publish something that has already been in the public domain for years. After all, cynicism has no limits when it’s a matter of getting a few extra votes. To get elected, Ronald Reagan promised to reveal the truth about UFOs, and Berlusconi guaranteed a cure for cancer. The venerable masters of young Renzie.” Nicola Biondo

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Passaparola - The Italicum is unconstitutional - Attorney Besostri

The Italicum is unconstitutional
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Last January (it seems like eons ago) the political parties and the official media were explaining to the Italians that without a new electoral law this Country was headed for disaster. One had to be devised immediately if not sooner and it wasn’t important with whom, even with someone that had been expelled from Parliament, like Berlusconi. In the interests of the poor dear souls (where do they live? Are they there or are they screwing us?), the M5S had to go and take a look at the papers. Since then almost four months have passed and that electoral law is dead and buried. The Renzusconian “Prregiudicatellum” never saw the light of day and perhaps it never will. It was designed to prevent any chance of the M5S becoming the new government. A law designed to ensure that either Forza Italia or the Pdwithoutanel would win, after all they are pretty much one and the same face of the hypocrisy of Power. A law that was worse than the so-called Porcellum, and all this in full view of State President Napolitano who is supposedly the protector of the Constitution, and I say “supposedly” because the reality is indeed very different. However, something went very wrong. Renzie and the convicted one realised that even with that electoral law the M5S could equally have won because it has already overtaken Forza Italia by several lengths, and that the two bosom buddies could well have landed up like the two pipers who went out to make some sounds and instead landed up being soundly beaten. The real Freudian slip was made by the former Minister of Defence, who stated: "It is not true that this is a law against the smaller parties but rather one that is against a large party(Oops!). It is law designed to eliminate Grillo", to which he added " if the second party is to be Grillo’s party then the Italicum will fall apart. As I said long before the possibility ever became a reality, where you have a three-way contest and you make a law such that only two parties will remain, it means that you are wanting to eliminate one of the three. But while everyone thought that that law would eliminate Grillo, at this point it would instead eliminate Berlusconi, so it doesn’t add up". Meanwhile, the M5S has held online discussions with its more than 100,00 registered members, aided by Professor Giannuli, regarding its proposed electoral law, which will be presented to Parliament in May. All the rest is boring.

"The “Renzusconi” electoral law is merely a repeat of the earlier bullshit, probably unconstitutional and certainly contrary to the spirit of democracy. It is something serious that affects everyone, not only this party or that party’s voters. That is why I have arranged this interview for the Blog, with someone who knows what he’s talking about, namely Attorney Besostri. And I’m proposing to circulate it as widely as possible." Piero Ricca
Attorney Besostri- I am Felice Besostri, an attorney from Milan and one of the three that engineered the falls of the “Porcellum”. However, as they say, no part of the pig is ever discarded and therefore a few chunks have been retained in the new Italicum law.
A law that displays the same defects and is in certain ways even worse than the Porcellum, especially in that the coalition candidate lists that don’t make the 4.5% don’t get to elect anyone but their votes nevertheless count in favour of the list that does exceed 4.5%, the biggest absurdity of all being that the latter list will then get the majority premium, but without having the necessary votes.
If we combine this electoral law with the abolition of elections for the Senate, what we have is a plebiscitary democracy that has absolutely nothing to do with the Republican Constitution.

Blog- Attorney, we are trying to help as many people as possible to understand why the Italicum is no good, unconstitutional and indeed politically inappropriate. Please help us with this.

Attorney Besostri- First of all there is a distortion of the equality of votes in that there is a majority premium, the only difference is that this time there is also a minimum threshold, albeit a low minimum threshold of 37%, which is in no way linked to any voter turn-out rate. I’m sure everyone realises that a 37% threshold in the case of an 80 % voter turnout is one thing, whereas a 37% threshold in the case of a 50% voter turnout is another thing altogether! This is one of the first points.
Secondly there is the issue of higher thresholds, which is set as 12% in the case of coalitions. But that 12% is higher than the 10% that the European Court of Human Rights in Strasburg has set as the highest access threshold limit. They were referring to individual party lists, but in this case it could equally apply.
But the really serious issue is that the party lists that reach 37% and therefore receive a majority premium that could amount to anywhere from a minimum of 321 to a maximum of 340 seats, can win by not destroying their allies because the earlier 2% minimum eligibility requirement for alliances has now moved up to 4.5%. Therefore, looking at the current contenders in the field, there are very few if any that are assured of an outright win because if you go it alone you have to get at least 8% of the vote. If instead you join a coalition, then you only need 4.5%, but if the votes that you contribute were to be annulled, no problem, because he doesn’t get to elect anyone and his votes don’t count towards either achieving the 37% nor to identifying the lists that garner the most votes, which then go forward to the ballot stage. But herein lies the trick, because while those contributed votes don’t count towards electing the candidates on the list, they do indeed count towards ensuring that one of the other coalition lists obtains the majority premium.

Blog- But will the blocked lists still remain?

Attorney Besostri- Indeed they do and this is the other element where they have changed absolutely nothing and that is undoubtedly unconstitutional! Because it doesn’t matter that the lists are now shorter.
It was claimed that longer lists affected the voting because, since there was no way that anyone could know everyone on the list, any vote cast was not a conscious vote and therefore a free vote, whereas if the lists are shorter, the people are more likely to know the candidates and if I believe that the top candidate is not as good as the third or sixth in line, I must be able to choose whomever I prefer, that is what democracy is all about. What is totally inconceivable is that the Constitutional Court told them that if they wanted a proportional representation system then here are the rules. They do want a proportional representation system, but they don’t want to follow the rules, at which point the Court says "if you don’t want to follow these rules then go for an English or French-style majoritarian system instead”, thus resolving these problems ".
Furthermore, the blocked lists are a way to make agreements with other parties, whose candidates are then placed on the larger party’s candidate list because that way their success is guaranteed, because if they put your candidate first, second or third on their list, at least he has some hope of being elected. The law is designed to prevent easy affiliation with another party since any party that is close to the 4.5% limit it may be better to send its members across as guests of the larger party’s candidate list.

Blog- But can the voter at least be sure that he is indeed voting for the person at the top of the list that he/she sees on the ballot sheet?

Attorney Besostri- No, absolutely not, there is no way that he can ever be certain of that! That’s because seats can migrate. If, in a multi-constituent college, especially if it is a smaller one with three candidates rather than six, the voters in that electoral college vote strongly for parties that remain under the threshold of 8%, or 12% in the case of coalitions, or for an allied party’s candidate list that remains below the 4.5, then that college cannot elect anyone since the better election coefficients occur in those colleges that vote for the parties that exceed the thresholds.
It is true that they have to be distributed within the same constituency, in other words the same region, but what difference does that make to me if I’m sitting in Valtellina and faced with having to elect someone from Mantua?

Blog- But the possibility of multiple candidatures still exists, right?

Attorney Besostri- Yes, certainly! Initially they were going to ban multiple candidatures, as is the case in the majority of the European systems where it is prohibit for anyone to stand for election in more than one place, but then they came to the compromise of in fact standing for election in all the constituencies, which is precisely what Berlusconi wanted, in other words to stand in all eight constituencies, which also means that the candidate having to make a choice for a college in fact has seven deputies are elected by him , once again rather than by the voters.

Blog- Is there not even a quorum requirement for the coalition’s main candidate list …

Attorney Besostri- Certainly, here there is a problem that means that there is an existing threshold for coalitions, namely 37%, but there is no similar threshold for the biggest party within a coalition so, paradoxically, that party could take the entire majority premium with a percentage that is lower than that required to obtain the majority premium under the so-called “Porcellum” electoral law.

Blog- In other words, whoever is able to bring together the greatest number of nomination lists has the best chance of winning.

Attorney Besostri- He has the best chance of winning and of getting to the 37%, but if he brings together a number of small nomination lists, these do not get to elect anyone and he is simply scavenging his allies’ votes …

Blog- Perhaps even giving the allies the odd spot on the main nomination list.

Attorney Besostri- Yes, some or other chief who, as usual, is not elected by his own people but by the Main Party, which decides, inter alia, who, how many and where to allow them to stand, and usually far away from where they live so that they don’t set down any roots.

Blog- So it is probable that with the Italicum we will land up going to the ballot stage, but what will happen in the second round?

Attorney Besostri- It is indeed highly likely that we will go through to the ballot stage because, according to the latest forecasts, neither of the two current coalitions, neither the left wing nor the right wing has more than 37%.
There is no provision for any quorum for voter participation in the ballot stage so, paradoxically, if fewer voters turn up to vote in the ballot stage than the number that voted for the two parties now engaged in the ballot during the first round of voting then, for example, anyone who didn’t elect anyone will certainly not be particularly eager to leave so one of these two lists will take the entire majority premium , however, if voter participation was low, then we can reasonably believe that 53% of the seats could go to those who don’t even have 20% of the votes from the registered voters.

Blog- In other words, the Italicum is also headed straight for the Constitutional Court?

Attorney Besostri- We will try to get it there as soon as possible but the real danger comes from a totally different direction, namely that with the Constitutional Court as it currently stands, the Italicum’s destiny is sealed. It has to be annulled like the Porcellum was. However those guys are already getting ready because this year will see the expiry of the official terms of no less than four of the twelve Constitutional Court Judges, two of whom were Parliamentary appointments and the other two appointed by the State President. Now, we don’t know who will be President when the time comes for new appointments, clearly those in favour of the Italicum will carefully scrutinise what he does.
Anyone who doesn’t show any particular liking for the Italicum before then stands little or no chance of becoming a Constitutional Court judge.

Blog- But essentially, with this electoral law within the context of a broader institutional reform, what kind of political Italy is being designed?

Attorney Besostri- One that has absolutely nothing to do with the one designed by the Republican Constitution.
An Italy with a plebiscitary democracy, especially with this electoral law for the Chamber of Deputies and the abolition of the Senate or one where the voters no longer vote for the Senate members. Indeed, we have a de facto Parliament that could, due to these high access thresholds, conceivably exclude between 20 and 25 percent of the voting public, which would be a mortal blow for representative democracy.

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Renzie’s promises pulled apart by The Economist

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“When a politician of populist inclinations takes office, forms a government and unveils his programme, he usually has something to please everyone. So it seemed at first with Italy’s new prime minister, Matteo Renzi.
Eight of the 16 ministers he announced on February 21st were women. They included Italy’s first female defence minister, Roberta Pinotti, and Federica Mogherini, who at 40 will be its youngest foreign minister since 1936. The average age of his cabinet (47) is even lower than that of his predecessor, Enrico Letta. It included choices to reassure employers and investors: Pier Carlo Padoan, formerly the OECD chief economist, as finance minister and Federica Guidi, once leader of Italy’s young businesspeople, as economic-development minister. Nor was imagination lacking: he gave regional affairs to a mayor who has stood up to Calabria’s mafia.
When it came to seeking the backing of parliament, however, the prime minister had something to worry everyone. On February 25th he sailed through a vote of confidence in the lower house where his Democratic Party has an outright majority. But the day before, in the upper house, where his grip is more tenuous, he got 169 votes against 139, which is not a secure majority in Italy’s fragile system.
Many senators, including some of his own, were openly dismayed by Mr Renzi’s almost insolent manner. He broke with tradition by speaking off the cuff and for some of the time with one hand in his pocket. And he told his audience bluntly that he intended scrapping their jobs (he is planning to turn the Senate into a regional chamber like the German Bundesrat). When an opposition lawmaker objected to his manner, he replied that it was “perhaps because you are increasingly far away from how people speak outside”.
The biggest problem, however, was the lack of detail in Mr Renzi’s speech. He has promised a reform a month until June: of employment law, bureaucracy and taxation. But he put no flesh on his proposal for a new employment contract, or the extension of unemployment benefits to all. Instead he talked about a €10 billion ($13.7 billion) cut in the direct-tax wedge (income tax plus social-security contributions), a school-building programme costing “several billion” as well as clearing the state’s debts to private firms, estimated at up to €100 billion. But there was no real explanation as to how Mr Renzi intended to pay.
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The M5S will get rid of the Fiscal Compact

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"Giulio Tremonti has put forward the draft of a constitutional law that sets out the modification of articles 97, 117 and 119 of the Constitution relating to the issue of having a balanced budget constraint. Articles were immediately published with alarming headlines like: “Tremonti wants to get rid of Europe from the Constitution”, that makes people think there’s going to be the umpteenth mutilation of the text of the Constitution. In reality that’s not how things are at all, and I’ll explain what I mean. The original text of the Constitution contains no mention of Europe and neither does it mention the EU. The current formulation is pretty recent and is something inherited from the Monti government that leaves a bad memory. It’s the consequence of the 2012 intergovernmental agreement better known as the “Fiscal Compact”, that brought in the obligation to have a balanced budget and the obligation to ask Parliament for authorization if there’s deviation from this objective.


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However, from a legal point of view, it is true that Italy agrees to limitations of its sovereignty, but in conditions of equality (article 11 of the Constitution), whereas here we are the only ones to have messed around with the Constitution.
So, to conclude, here we are seriously taking action: do we want to get over this current monetary set-up as the M5S is saying? Do we want a “different Europe” that rejects the austerity of the "fiscal compact" as the Tsipras List wants? Do we just want a more elastic policy on balancing the budget as Renzi is calling for? To do all this, the obligatory step is to get rid of those changes to the Constitution wanted by a government that is devoted to serving the strong foreign powers. Re-establishing national sovereignty is the preliminary step and this is where we see who means business and who doesn’t: Hic Rhodus, hic salta." Aldo Giannuli

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Italy in the hands of the usurers

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While in the election campaign, Renzie is promising 80 euro, a miserable handout, a political-mafioso-masonic vote-buying ploy, the public debt is increasing month by month. But wasn’t it meant to get smaller thanks to the sacrifices? Where did we get to in 2011? We got to the pair made up of Napolitano-the-president-of-himself and senator-in-a-night Rigor Montis, who were meant to save Italy from the spread-gone-mad? And then with Letta, torpedoed for obvious media incompetence, the man who wanted to die for Maastricht, and finally the“ebetino” {little idiot} devoted follower of Merkel, the ECB and such like. After years of care, during which there has been the killing off of the companies, the creation of unemployment to the post-war level and taxes even on the air, the spread has gone down. And so? By devastating Italy, to whom have we done a favour?
Italy has nearly gone bust. There’s no correlation between the spread and the state of our economy. Nobody can deny this. At the most, it could be that the relationship is inversely proportional. The lower the spread, the more things collapse. So who has benefited by the low spread as guaranteed by Napolitano with three illegitimate governments, none of which was elected by the Italian people, but pleasing to the ECB, the EU and the IMF? Guaranteeing the payment of the public bonds that are due to mature and the related interest payments to the banks, especially the German, French and British banks. With the spread under control, our bonds are safe and the creditors are satisfied.
Italy has gone back to the 17th century. Instead of foreign armies, we have the financial powers, but at least then they weren’t taking us for a ride with a pretence of democracy and the constitutional reforms brought about simply to perpetuate the Caste. The Italian State spends about 800 billion euro each year. Of this, 100 billion euro goes to pay the interest on the debt. Without this weighing us down, we would have a primary surplus. Revenue would be higher than expenditure in spite of the waste, that is actually enormous, roughly between 100 and 150 billion. We are dying of debt, of interest payments on the debt, of the explosive growth of the debt. In February it increased by 17.5 billion, approaching 2,107.2 billion. At the end of the same month in 2013, the value of the debt was 2,018.2 billion. So on an annual basis the increase has been 89 billion euro. We cannot devalue the debt because it’s tied to the euro and it’s not a national currency. With these (colluding?) amateurs we cannot halt its progress. We are dying so that we can pay the usurers. Here we either face up to the debt and say “Fxxk off” to the powers that are manipulating Italy like a marionette thanks to their autochthonous emissaries, or we’ll die.

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The landslide #franatutto

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Can’t you feel the landslide? Everything’s coming down. Mafias, parties, those who corrupt, those who are corrupted, P2-ists, lobbyists, and bankers. They are the detritus of the Second Republic, the most infamous part of Italy’s history. Everything comes down all together just like those sudden landslips that happen in a matter of seconds and take down bridges and roads that had seemed indestructible. Italy is slipping and even the most distracted of the citizens, know this to be true. You get the feeling of a violent thunderstorm from the damp air that swirls around in little flurries. The structure, that by now is as unstable as a house of cards, is kept in place like a mass mirage by information coming from the TV and newspapers that are getting every privilege from the System in return for performing arse-licking. Slap... TV News, slap... newspapers. Journalists don’t you ever find yourselves disgusting? After the landslide what will you do? Will you look for new people to be your masters? Will you keep going with your job as slaves? Italy’s collapsing and it spares no one, and there’s no let up. Unemployment, emigration, closing down the nation’s production infrastructure, destruction of public morality and legs akimbo to any foreign interference. In a year’s time, Berlusconi will be a memory, Napolitano won’t even be remembered, Renzie will be remembered as a laughing stock, like a finger pushed into the hole in a dyke before the final collapse. Finally, there’ll be the start of trials like that for MPS, and the people involved in the State-mafia negotiations will be expelled from the institutions. New moralists will tear their clothes to pieces. It’s a young fearless Italy that is starting to move. It is being annnounced under the detritus - the detritus that has to be removed patiently without stopping. This time it mustn’t end up like it did in 1945, after the landslide of fascism, the clean-out has to be complete, radical, and without exceptions. No compromise, no rehabilitation. The whole lot have to be put on trial: the whole political, entrepreneurial and news-providing class. After the landslip, if you go outside, there’ll be new skies and bright shining stars. The Italian people are not finished here. They will be liberated from this shroud that is wrapped around them, that has destroyed their soul and their history. Can’t you feel the landslip? Everything’s coming down. Soon you’ll get out and look at the stars once more, this is what your eyes were created for.

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