Montecitorio, we have a problem!

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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.

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Go Grillo especially on bureaucrats in STRASBOURG basta 1 parliament. Me not UKIP, me mostly LIBDEM.
I have Universita 4 Lenguas OK solo inghilese NO NO NO. Big surprise (sorpresa) che solo 11 traducciones tutte leyes europeos. Perche no 27? o mas, vasco, irlandes, estlandisch?
Signor Grillo, Beppe, 11 is a good compromise.
GO BEPPE

Posted by: andrew dyson | May 17, 2013 10:30 AM


“Fellows say a few M5S parliamentarians are going to get mixed up in old plutocratic system of power.”
“Oh, that’s quite impossible. They have a great sense of duty.”
(Modified from: ‘The Third Man')

Posted by: Paolo | May 12, 2013 12:07 AM


Yes, a huge problem that is not related to the "expenses account" but instead this one related with the promotion of AMAZON and GOOGLE while in the meantime you want to fight "the casta"...

A really big contraddiction that your "expert of the web" they don't arrive to understand or maybe they have some hidden plan for you, Beppe...

Your blog Mr. Grillo is not anymore a personal blog of a great italian comic, you have the responsability to the 8.5 million of italian that votes M5S.

You have to be coherent.

Take away this advertisement or at least, even better i would say, try to promote local Italian book's websites that pays taxes in Italy, promote new Italian startups and Social Movements and associations that support you too and take away this AMAZON banners!

It's simply unbeliavable!

Posted by: Mario Rossi | May 11, 2013 02:11 PM


Quando si fa un patto lo si rispetta. Chi non lo fa dovrebbe automaticamente vuol dire che non si comporterà in futuro con correttezza e rispetto del mandato avuto da noi elettori.QUESTO SI SA' ERA PREVEDIBILE ( anche nel movimento c'è qualche infiltrato.

Posted by: vincenzo grippa | May 11, 2013 10:51 AM


My friends don't understand when I tell them that the 5 Star Movement has to stick to the letter of their principles and their promises. This is why they refused to do a deal with the PD-L; the 5SM is against the 'party system'. Now they have to apply the same discipline to themselves; to do otherwise is to betray those persons who voted for them. This is perfectly understandable, but it is so unusual that some folks have a hard time with the decisions that the 5SM has been forced to make. It's clear that doing business the old way has put Italy on the skids -- only a renunciation of these methods can auger a change for the better.

Posted by: peppino vallesi | May 10, 2013 09:18 PM


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