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The employee Prodi is pedalling. It's true that he's not going too fast, he's not pedalling every day. But a few dozen metres every so often for his age and for his coalition is a result that merits every respect anyway.

The categories affected are in revolt. They are categories that need help living at the margins of public opinion and of the soup kitchens for those who are poor. Notaries, lawyers, professionals and taxi drivers. The category that are reaping the benefits is made up of all the other Italian citizens apart from brunettaberlusconistoracealemannounitedagainstfiscalchecks, but little is heard of their voice. I understand that to see Mussi at the mercy of robust taxi drivers could be a pleasure and could be better than a red light film. However, however…

If support isn't given to the government this time that a good government has been formed, if not now then when? The categories are starting to get agitated to defend corporate interests? Are they going to block the city and the courts? Managers of enormous success about to cause their companies to go bankrupt to protest about the taxation of stock options?

Well then, let us too start agitating. Let's start the month without a taxi, the month without a notary, the month without a lawyer. And for those managers that have ruined their companies the employees can start a class action. Companies belong to those who work there, and not to those who play with Chinese boxes. These reforms, or rather these tiny reforms, are simply the starter, the hors d'oevres, after that the rest of the meal is to follow: the starter, the main course, the fruit, the dessert, coffee and the brandy.

These liberalisations are affecting just the tip of the iceberg. They are just the tasters to take away the first pangs of hunger.

But there's real hunger in the air. I also want the reform of the Stock Exchange, the liberalisation of energy, electricity, telecommunications; the thinning out of the levels of bureaucracy; the end of bank earnings; a limit on the level of earnings of the managers tied in with the growth of the company; the end of the Chinese boxes; laws about conflict of interests, new TV and radio frequencies, the liberalisation of the "last mile".

The government measures have a single defect. They start off with the details, the small fry, and they make us hungry.
The lunch must continue. We can't stop at the aperitif.

Employee Prodi. We are waiting for the rest of the meal.

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Enjoy Beppe and all of Beppes' fine readers, Italy is world cup champs once again, Congrats.
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Posted by: Raymond B | July 10, 2006 04:26 AM


"It's funny that this kind of changes are done by socialists while Berlu is protesting!"

Why is it funny?? Berlusoni is only nominally a liberista, after all. Fundamentally, he is nothing but an demogague and an opportunistic power-monger who believes whatever it serves his interests to believe from moment to moment. Alleanza Nazaionale is a fascist party and we all know that corporativism is one of the central pillars of fascism, not socialism. The League is just a bunch of fruitcakes who think they are Celts and the UDC are the statist Christrian Democrats who got Italy into this mess in the first place with forty years of one-party control.

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Posted by: algieri giancarlo | July 7, 2006 09:50 PM


Yes, Blisco, it's funny! But it's means that there are people who want to change, because they think it's time to do it, and other people who prefere to remain a third-world country.
Berlusconi, the free trader, doesn't want that Italy grows into a modern country, he prefere rather a feudal state, where the privileges of few people can exist because of the backwardness of the rest.
When I travel abroad I always think I'm coming from a third world country!

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | July 7, 2006 09:16 PM


Frankly, it's looking unchanged since the renaissance when Dürer, a german painter went in Italy for a trip. He had a lot of troubles with local corporations because he was considered like a bad concurent. The las time I was in Milano I decided to go to the Duitsche bank instead of an italian bank. I didn't found any difference. It's not like in Germany. It means that in Italy, if you want not to have troubles you have to use the same rules.It's time to change. It's funny that this kind of changes are done by socialists while Berlu is protesting!

Posted by: blisco jaio | July 7, 2006 08:59 PM


Maureen, actually Prodi's initiative did include the notaries too, and lawyers, and farmacies, etc...

The difference is that taxi drivers offer a service you can't live without, and that they own a car. This gives them a LOT of power: striking is their right, however that's not enough for them, people will bear it and they know it. So they drive on highways at 10km/h or block important roads in Rome.

That's why you are hearing so much about them, but they are not the only lobby affected by this law. Of course as Beppe Grillo pointed out, there is still a lot to work on.

Posted by: Diego Virasoro | July 7, 2006 08:21 PM


To Maureen.

There is a public route from Bologna airport, it's just not well advertised! For obvious reasons they want you to use the much more expensive Aerobus special. I used to use this semi-hidden route when I lived in Bologna. There's an ATC bus, number 54 as I recall, that joins on to where the number 33 goes to the town centre. This can all be done on single stamp of a ticket, so in theory is just one euro. It's a standard bus so you can't take too much luggage, but when I used to do frequent short trips for business it was easy.

I agree the taxi's are too expensive and have got more much more expensive in the last 2-3 years.

Good luck!

John

Posted by: John | July 7, 2006 04:54 PM


You are right, in Italy there are some corporative powers that must be eliminated but my concern is for our way to do privatization and liberalization. So far there hasn't been any market in which the liberalization has really taken fees' decreases (see energy, telephony etc etc)

Posted by: Roselli Marco | July 7, 2006 04:16 PM


A taxi from Bologna centre to the airport (about 20 minute drive) costs MORE than the price of a no- frills airticket from Italy to London. There is no public bus route to the airport with a normal "cheap" one euro ticket, but an expensive aerobus (8 euros). This taxi ride (100,000 "old" lire) there and back is extortion.
Taxi drivers have to earn a living like everyone else and I am sorry for those who thought they would be able to take an early retirement by flogging their licences...but these corporative interests must be gradually broken down.
Though perhaps it would have been better if Prodi started with the notaries who earn more a minute than Michael Schumacher......!!

Posted by: Maureen Lister | July 7, 2006 03:35 PM


It's because in Italy there is a limited number of licenses to drive taxi, fixed in every city by city council. This make licenses really worth and a lot of taxi drivers have taken out a loan to buy the license. Obviously with liberalization there would be a devaluation of the license's value.
Furthermore they see their job threatened by non-EU immigrants that could do the same work for less money and by the rising up of big company that could purchase the great part of licenses to create cartels.
Anything else?

Posted by: Marco Roselli | July 7, 2006 02:38 PM


It's because in Italy there is a limited number of licenses to drive taxi, fixed in every city by city council. This make licenses really worth and a lot of taxi drivers have taken out a loan to buy the license. Obviously with liberalization there would be a devaluation of the license's value.
Furthermore they see their job threatened by non-EU immigrants that could do the same work for less money and by the rising up of big company that could purchase the great part of licenses to create cartels.
Anything else?

Posted by: Marco Roselli | July 7, 2006 02:37 PM


hi there, not sure why taxis are so upset.. can someone explain?

Posted by: Nick Charker | July 6, 2006 11:49 PM


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