Three years (and a few months) later

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More than three years have passed since I began beating on the keyboard of a PC with my fingertips. Since then I have written literally thousands of postings. I have received two million comments. Published book loads of complaints. With you at my side, I have fought a hundred battles: from the re-opening of the Pedavena brewery, through to the expulsion of Antonio Fazio from the post of Governor of the Banca d’Italia (the Italian Reserve Bank), and from the murder of Federico Aldrovandi through to getting some help for an unemployed mother with a disabled daughter. I went to Brussels to lodge a complaint about our Parliament that is filled with condemned criminals and about an unconstitutional law that doesn’t allow us to choose our own candidates. In Strasburg I asked the European Community to stop sending money to the various Mafia organisations. Together with a bunch of truly marvellous people I organised two V-day events to demand a Parliament without any condemned criminals and to demand freedom of information in a free State. 74,000 individuals from the Meetups in 364 towns are following the progress and developing ideas for the blog on topics such as the justice system, the public administration system, the environment and energy. I delivered 350,000 signatures to the Senate, for a popular law aimed at evicting all convicted criminals from Parliament. I will be asking to present this proposed law to a public sitting of the Senate. I am still busy gathering your signatures for a referendum on freedom of information and the abolition of the Gasparri Law. I will be submitting these signatures to the Court of Cassation in July. I launched the civic election lists so that YOU could take back your towns from out of the hands of corrupt and incompetent politicians. I attended the Telecom shareholders meeting in order to defend those minority shareholders that have seen their investment capital decimated by the likes of the Tronchettis and the Buoras of this world.
In return, politicians and the media alike have tried to destroy my public image. Fatso, fat cat, lout, boor, populist, political cynic, but also fascist and extreme left-wing hanger-on. My brother has catalogued at least five hundred different insults aimed at Beppe Grillo.
Anyone in a similar position to mine would be questioning whether or not to carry on regardless. I am certainly not doing this for the money. I could earn at least ten times as much by advertising processed cheese wedges. Nor is it for the happiness, or even for the affection. Many of my old friends have stopped calling me and have stopped coming round to visit. My family says that someday someone will make me pay for my actions, and that I should spare more than just a passing thought for the wellbeing of my children. Subpoenas have become a normal part of my life. These days my attorneys are usually working on three court cases at any one time, as a result of all the charges laid against me. At the end of the day, I am about to turn sixty. Hey guys! I know I look as if I have just turned forty but, unfortunately, reality is what it is. I have worked in management since I was twenty years old. I could cheerfully just sit back and enjoy whatever time is left to me. Often I am tempted to do just that. But then I look at Ciro, who is only 7 years of age, and I suddenly realise that I really have no choice. I cannot simply stand by with my hands in my pockets and watch while my Country goes to the dogs. What would my children think of their father one day when they grow up?

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Ps: I will be looking out for you on the Trip to Rome on 25 July 2008

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Caro Beppe,
Sono d'accordo con quello che hai detto in Piazza Navona e anche col modo in cui l'hai fatto!
Cheers
Antonio

Posted by: Antonio Lauto | July 11, 2008 02:27 AM


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