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In the beginning (and also in the end) there was Andreotti with 16 terms of office. We have been providing for his upkeep since just after the war. Only a few steps behind, there’s Emilio Colombo (14), Cossiga (13), Tremaglia (11), Pisanu, La Malfa and Scalfaro (10), Martinat and Tassone (9), Berselli, Fini, Casini, Matteoli and Colucci (8), D’Alema, Finocchiaro, Turco, Nania, Luigi Grillo, Pontone and Serafini (7). After that there are 12 parliamentarians with 6 terms of office, 58 with 5, 77 with 4 and 163 with 3.
1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 3 + 2 + 5 + 7 + 12 + 58 + 77 + 163 = Three hundred and thirty one.
The popular law presented in the Senate, into the hands of Franco Marini (6 terms of office), signed by 350,000 citizens, asked for a maximum of 2 terms of office, ten years, more than what Alcide De Gasperi did. More than enough to serve own’s country.
The limit of two terms of office would have renewed Parliament. Instead, they have re-elected themselves. The voter could not choose the candidate. The business committees that manage our tax receipts confirmed themselves and they appointed their executives, spokespersons, lovers, wives and secretaries.
Marvellous thought: Lower and Upper House freed from political professionals. From Giovanardi and Gasparri (6), Castelli and Cicchitto (6), Rutelli and La Russa (6), Berlusconi and Emma Bonino (5), Baccini and Landolfi (5), Melandri, Miccichè and Prestigiacomo (5), Follini and Scajola (4). With them out, there’d be spring in the air, a feeling of Renaissance, of the future.
The limit of two terms of office is a life insurance for the citizens. The number of terms of office is directly proportional to the power exercised by the parliamentarian. The greater the number of terms of office, the more the “ad castam” laws The power of the multiparlamentarians is a weight on democracy.
The job of deputy or senator gives a good income. No preparation is needed. There are no responsibilities about what you do. The salary is the highest for the job in the whole of Europe. You get a pension with a single term of office. It protects you from prison.
On their own they will never go. They have removed from us the possibility to choose the candidate for this reason as well. To be able to do their own thing. Within the boundaries of the rule of law of course.
The symbol of these lifelong self-elected people is a couple. The most beautiful couple in the world. Husband and wife. Same party, that of Topo Gigio. Same ambition to have the Italians provide for their upkeep for all their lives. Fassino (6) and Serafini (7). 6 + 7 = 13 terms of office: in millions of euro of salary and benefits, how much does it add up to?

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Whilst no country or government has so far achieved the pinnacle of perfect Management of their own Agencies and apparatus, some have managed better than other.
Amongst the worst, undeniably and constantly Italy is the black sheep in each and every category, which leads to the eternal Question.
Is it because Italians Institutions are Unmanageable, or Incapable Manager and Politicians can’t Managed Institutions?
Italian School system has the highest number of teachers per students in the whole Europe, although is rated the worst school system?
Italy has the highest evasion of taxes in the whole western hemisphere, to counter evasion taxes are the highest in Europe?
Italy Tourism Agency or Minister can’t even manage a simple National Internet site at the tune of millions?
These are just few silly examples of the daily incongruence faced by whomever is put in charge of these Agencies, but the best part is the fact that regardless of who is running what nothing changes, nothing improves while the Agency (Any Agency!) grows bigger and less functional.
I read it takes 64 days to open a business, although companies are appearing and disappearing at an alarming rate, while death related accidents are skyrocketing?
The national airline lost 500 Mil. Last year and no-one is laid off, actually the company receives 300 Mil. To stay afloat.
The need for a reality check is upon you, the slippery slope is garbage littered and getting steeper at every new administrations, Prodi crumbled for mere incompetence, while Berlusconi is kept artificially alive and functioning by pace makers and plastic surgery long in half to collect a couple of dozen Villas.
Get a grip, Italy needs a Thatcher/Reagan/Putin or a combination of them, just make sure is not homegrown and outsourcing is a real possibility, Italian soccer coach go overseas foreign Politicians could be Leased for cheap.
Thanks

Posted by: Giacomo Chiametti | June 15, 2008 06:52 PM


I totally agree with your point of view.

Posted by: Georges Alamo | June 13, 2008 07:13 PM


I can write English very well. AND I have a proposal that might make a dent in the Italian status quo... on the environmental front, and elsewhere. AND what is implemented in Italy by activists can be applied to other countries in Europe. Please see my "Pure Euroland" at www.oxtogrind.org. I invite readers to reach me here or at headburg@yahoo.com. PLEASE, Beppe, don't delete this attempt to reach out. If I am violating a rule by giving my email address, simply eliminate that from my comment. Grazie, Richard Oxman

Posted by: Richard Oxman | June 13, 2008 04:43 PM


Just admire them

Posted by: Michael Wang | June 13, 2008 06:28 AM


"A country gets the government that it deserves."
Until the people at the "grass roots" of society change their ways, nothing will change at the top.
Also, logic has very little to do with how people behave. We are fundamentally emotion creatures who respond to ancient and primitive stimuli. How else does the Unholy Trinity of Commerce, Religion and Politics maintain such a hold over us.

Posted by: rolly wheeler | June 13, 2008 04:13 AM


Dear sir.
I could not be so arrogant that I believe I can solve Italy's many complicated problems, but logic is mathematics and included in the rule of law. I think you have to take one issue at a time, otherwise you are dispersing your energy into many avenues that will make it dificult to achieve your desired goals. Nevertheless, you should still maintain a grand vision of where you would like Italy to be someday. You have thousands of followers that can be directed in a positive manner. For exaple: if one industry is polluting, boycot every product that it produces until they feel the economic pain. If you have a specific problem with the goverment use your power and influence with your people to institue a lawsuit against the government. We in America call it a class action suit. Persist until you have achieved your goal. How about going to the press? Journalists from around the world love to expose bad guys. In fact, not that you are a bad guy, the New york Times a few moths ago wrote a very telling article about Italy's problems ranging from corruption to national disgust and malessere and your efforts to changes things in Italy.
Ciao,
Gabriella

Posted by: Gabriella Giacomello | June 13, 2008 12:36 AM


Dear sir.
I could not be so arrogant that I believe I can solve Italy's many complicated problems, but logic is mathematics and included in the rule of law. I think you have to take one issue at a time, otherwise you are dispersing your energy into many avenues that will make it dificult to achieve your desired goals. Nevertheless, you should still maintain a grand vision of where you would like Italy to be someday. You have thousands of followers that can be directed in a positive manner. For exaple: if one industry is polluting, boycot every product that it produces until they feel the economic pain. If you have a specific problem with the goverment use your power and influence with your people to institue a lawsuit against the government. We in America call it a class action suit. Persist until you have achieved your goal. How about going to the press? Journalists from around the world love to expose bad guys. In fact, not that you are a bad guy, the New york Times a few moths ago wrote a very telling article about Italy's problems ranging from corruption to national disgust and malessere and your efforts to changes things in Italy.
Ciao,
Gabriella

Posted by: Gabriella Giacomello | June 13, 2008 12:36 AM


Words. words, word, it look like that the italians are very good speaker's and express impressive logic of criticism, but were are the actions to emeliorate the situations?
Five years of Berlusconi's government. Two years of Prodi's government and now Once again Berlusconi and family are in power, maybe the Italian's are suffering from short memory syndrome. Only with logic and action can you change the problem that was so elegantly discussed.

Posted by: Gabriella Giacomello | June 12, 2008 08:46 PM



I agree that the people should have a choice of a candidate rather than just a party so that the citizens of a town know that the representative for them is X he won the vote locally and even if you did not vote for him/her they are your representative. You can go and see them, they live in the area and they can help with local problems as well. If they dont do a good job they will probably get voted out next time. There is a link between the representative and the voters which there isnt in Italy at the moment. However someone who does a good job should be able to stay in that job even if more than 2 terms.The problem at the moment is that the existing members have not been voted for in this way so maybe a clean sweep is better


Posted by: Simon Carey | June 12, 2008 02:57 PM


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