Houston, we have a problem. A problem of ego. OK. You have to admit that. A small group of parliamentarians doesn’t want to give back what’s left of the “expense account” that hasn’t actually been spent. In the Code of Conduct that candidates signed up to, the financial conditions are clear: 5,000 euro gross plus the expenses actually spent with the receipts to document each item. The rest was to be given back in a way to be decided by the parliamentary groups: charities, microcredit funds for small firms, etc. Parliamentarians receive a daily amount and some of them want to keep the difference between this and what they spend. Yesterday I spoke to them about this and other stuff in the Lower House. Some, just a few, were not convinced. For a Movement that has renounced 42 million euro in electoral financing (neither Captain Findus Letta, nor Al Tappone had even thought of this, in exchange they have taken the Italian people for a ride with a an array of declarations) and has cut their own salaries (no other parliamentary group has done that) and each month is handing over about 350,000 euro that has been saved to a charity or a solidarity fund. A difference of a few thousand euro kept back by some parliamentarians could seem a tiny little sin, even something to be glossed over. But it’s not, when you think of the respect due to the activists and the voters. In fact it’s a matter of principle, of sticking to a pact that you have freely signed up to and sticking to the ethics of the MoVement. No one will make any allowances for us. The country is watching us. They will reward us for our coherence and they will punish us for our errors. “Be the change that you want to see in the world" is what Mahatma Gandhi said. We will change Italy only by setting an example. We can’t ask others to make sacrifices if we don’t do that ourselves. They will forgive us nothing. We cannot forgive ourselves anything. It’s in our nature. It’s our strength. In the last few days, I met a lady who has two young children and no husband. She earns 500 euro a month working as a cleaner. She told me with pride that she manages to make ends meet even though she has to watch every 10 cents. I thought of her, yesterday, when I was in the Chamber at Montecitorio with all the stuccowork and tapestries.
Posted by Beppe Grillo at 06:43 PM in MoVement
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