Clean Parliament at the Court of Cassation


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On Tuesday I laid before the Court of Cassation a request for a popular law for a Clean Parliament together with the (wonderful) young people of the Rome MeetUp. From the Gazzetta Ufficiale:

in accordance with articles 7 and 48 of the law n. 352 dated 25 May 1970, it is announced that the Chancellery of the Supreme Court of Cassation on 10 July 2007 has accepted to the records and given notification of the declaration by 10 Italian citizens, bearing the required documents showing them to be in the electoral lists, to want to promote a proposed law based on a popular initiative, entitled: “Reform of the electoral law of the Lower House and the Upper House regarding the criteria for being a candidate and for being eligible, the cases for revoking and for removal from office and the way that voters express their preferences.”

The three points of the proposal are:
1 NO TO CONVICTED PARLIAMENTARIANS No to the 25 convicted parliamentarians in Parliament. No Italian citizen can be a candidate for Parliament if definitely convicted, either at the first trial or at the second trial or if they are on trial.

2 TWO TERMS OF OFFICE. No to professional parliamentarians spending 20 to 30 years in Parliament. No Italian citizen can be elected to Parliament for more than 2 terms of office. The rule is valid retroactively.

3 DIRECT ELECTIONS No to parliamentarians chosen by party secretaries. Parliamentary candidates must be voted for by the citizens with direct preferences.

The request for a popular law will be accepted if there are at least 50,000 authenticated signatures. In the whole of Italy on 8 September there’ll be the collection of signatures organised by the Meetup Groups and by associations that want to give their support.

Don’t miss this opportunity to clean up Parliament.


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Hello there,
The Anglo-Saxon mentality and way of life, is nowadays at least, the example the world is following blindly (Mostly because their language rules the Business world!) although arguable this is the guiding light, apparently because it lacks competition.
Having sat that, one thing in not arguable, and is the Press, that without fear of contradictions, is the most Credible, balanced, self-critical and as a whole the most self fulfilling Institution They (The Anglo-Saxons!) have been able to establish.
The shining example, is the Article of the FT about Italy and Women, and the cultural evolution (Not evolving obviously!) but rather, the embracing, the apathy and last but not least, the regression of Italy back to the coveted and cherished “Dolce Vita”.
Anyone could argue, that nothing is wrong with it, with the only exception that the rest of the World is not standing still watching la Dolce Vita running on their Cineplex Video Arcades.
The rest of the world educate them self’s, evolved, searches for better alternatives, improves and modify society, with the ultimate goal to improve life for all his Citizens.
I can’t for the life of me, imagine how can a great Country like Italy, with so much history, knowledge, pride, great minds, great civilizations, settle for so little freedom, democracy, evolution and self respect.
The FT article, hits the nail in the head, and every Newspaper in Italy has picked up this article, and I am utterly sure that now and only now every so called Sociologist will jump on the band wagon and acknowledge the blatantly obvious “Non-Evolution”.
Education, education, education, the answer is obvious although million of reasons will be thrown in front pages of any publication printed in Italy, only and I like to repeat only when a Credible Press says so.
This leads me to the only reasonable explanation:
Italian Press has no credibility whatsoever, everybody knows it but no-one is correcting this status quo’.
Everyone is well aware on what is wrong with this Country, although always wait for someone else to bring it to their attention.
Next someone will tell you, how stupid and incompetent your Institutions are, and hopefully you will believe it then!
Thank you

Posted by: Giacomo Chiametti | July 15, 2007 05:42 PM

First Repubblica published a report on alleged electoral fraud.

Now Prodi is under investigation in connection with an alleged misappropriation of EU funds.

How timely!

When it´s time for people to go... things start to happen.

Posted by: Geppe Brillo | July 14, 2007 10:58 AM

I'm french citizen. May we all could go to there :

Posted by: Romain Touati | July 13, 2007 12:10 PM

if I may ask: however bad Italy may be--why in the world would anyone want to move, of all places, to Pakistan??

Posted by: Andrea Caroli | July 13, 2007 11:16 AM

The idea of banning candidates with a criminal record is simply bad. At least, it is bad in Italy. Here are a couple of the main reasons why:

- In Italy, some people are always under investigation. Some people never. Even when there would be plenty of reason to investigate them. This means, the legal process does not appear to be impartial.

- Ending up with a criminal record (being convicted of a crime under penal law) in Italy can be ridiculously easy. Build a bathroom in your own house without all the correct paperwork and you could well end up with one.

To conclude: it would be a very bad idea to make it so easy to eliminate candidates. It surely would make Italy´s precarious democracy even worse.

What would be needed, instead, is more transparency. Citizens should be informed. The criminal records should be made public. As well as their resume, listing which competences the candidate has for the position.

Democracy means that the people decide. To decide they should be informed.

Providing easy tricks to eliminate political candidates is the last thing Italy needs!

Posted by: Geppe Brillo | July 13, 2007 11:12 AM

Dear Beppe,
I am an Italian citizen living abroad (pakistan). As I really think that this reform you propose should probably(i will read the whole text first) be supported but i won't be in Italy next September for the f(or v)-day. Is it possible to sign from abroad?? Do one need to be part of "AIRE" to do so (btw that would really be wrong!)?
Is it possible to sign in Italy but in a diferent time?? If so where and how?



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