The Mandarins of the Caste


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"Good day to you all.
This is the last date with Passaparola in 2008, so it is a moment to exchange good wishes and to talk about a couple of things that today relate to the trials and the investigations that are affecting the Democratic Party in various parts of Italy and how they are reacting.
It has to be said that Veltroni’s initial reaction was good and civilised, exactly what is expected from a leader in a normal democracy, that is maximum trust in the magistracy, let’s do some self-criticism, let’s consider the moral issues, let’s avoid theories of plots.
Then slowly, as each day passes we have arrived at the recent outbursts, that started on the release from house arrest of Luciano D'Alfonso, mayor of Pescara.
At that point, the position of the PD { Democratic Party} started to deteriorate, I would say not into a “Berlusconian” position, but very nearly.
Meanwhile, they nipped Di Pietro’s son and a few of Di Pietro’s collaborators in the Naples investigation and it turns out that the son and some collaborators gave to this superintendent for public works, the names of friends for positions.
It is not a crime to give the names of friends for jobs but it is malpractice, and thus Di Pietro did well to give his son a ticking off.
In his party, as in the other parties, there should immediately be the intervention of the Board of Arbitration who examine the cases that are not criminally significant - those are dealt with by the magistracy – and decide sanctions and possibly classifying them and establishing in advance what the risks are if you behave in a certain way.
It’s not enough to give a severe reprimand. You also need concrete measures, above all in a party that wants to present itself to citizens as a party that is different from the others.
It is clear that the others, as they never do anything, give authority to anyone who wants to be different and to claim the glory for that simply in the presence of tiny signals, but it is time to start to reason as though we were not in Italy but in Germany, in the United States or in England and not to care a fig that the other parties do nothing and start to do strong things in one’s own house.
Having said this, we have various types of reaction: if a Centre Right politician is picked up it’s a plot, if a Centre Left politician is picked up well it depends on the day, on the humidity in the air, respect for the magistracy, almost a plot, half a plot.
When someone is discovered, even though not committing a crime, someone in Di Pietro’s circle, he starts ranting and raving but after that, as I have said, there should be temporary or definitive suspensions from the party according to the gravity of the unwanted behaviour.
One point, however, is interesting, and that is who must decide on the arrest of a politician.


Naturally, all that is used by Berlusconi to embrace the Centre Left in the hope that they give him cover for the law on wiretapping that he has recently threatened to bring in once more.


Berlusconi needs cover from the Centre Left, because if he has Di Pietro and the PD who are thundering against this law then the people who want more security and more legality will start to understand that Berlusconi has a conflict of (judicial) interests that make security impossible.
In fact, he wants to destroy a fundamental tool like wiretapping.
This is why it’s necessary this year to be committed to making it known to people in parliament, in the Centre Left and also in the Centre Right that it’s not OK. Are you aware that the Lega and a part of the AN do not want to go along with this? We need to strengthen the position of those who want to oppose this, both within the Centre Right majority coalition and obviously, on the benches of the minority coalition.
The only way is to write to parliamentary representatives, to flood their email inboxes – if you go to the website of the Lower and Upper Houses you will find them all – to make it known that: “we will no longer vote for you if you sit back or if you don’t stand up against this devastating project on wiretapping, against the security of citizens.”
This is the wish I have for you: that we take charge of the situation, each citizen as an individual and all together.
That we take on board the principle of equality. That we let them know that we still all want to be equal before the law with no exceptions.
This is the only wish that I feel like expressing: let’s hope to find ourselves in a year’s time celebrating the birth of the year 2010 in a country where the law is still equal for everyone.
Spread the Word. Passate parola. Auguri."

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The devil in the details.
Qui’ Pro Quo, not even intentionally a whole bunch of Politicians could have fucked up a Country as bad as Italy is right now.
When the economy is good Italy lags everybody else, when the economy turn south Italy is the flag carrier of the group.
Half of National GDP has to go to these so called Politicians to feed this worthless monster called Italian Government (What is it governing beats the heck out of me!)
Corruption is in each and every Politician’s resume, proudly elected by their own parties while thumbing their noses at the Italian Justice worthless as well.
While Nero played fiddle watching Rome burning, yours truly Mr. B. in the political business since 1990 and at his third government has nothing better to say than “We stabilized the financial system (Banks!) now is your problem if you spend as usual we will be OK!”.
After 18 year in politics, three government he still says “We inherited” and you believe it?
Great isn’t it, although someone voted this buffoon personally would like to know the frequency of his defibrillator and give him a reality check every so often.
Anyhow for 2009 Italy is sat for another miserable year and with this management team many more to come for you only.
I have some sympathy for Greeks , at list the young generations are standing up and being counted, in Italy instead they call you bamboccioni and you prove it day in day out.
The future looks bright wear thick shades

Posted by: Giacomo Chiametti | December 30, 2008 10:05 PM

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