Testing Direct Democracy

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Yesterday, on a beautiful October day, 4,300,000 Italians paid to be allowed to vote for their candidate for the coalition of parties referred to as the Union. It’s an extraordinary result. A tiny example of direct democracy, certainly partial, with many contra-indications.
But it’s a step forward.

It’s exactly the opposite of the tricksters law (which as you remember, annulled a decision we took in the 1993 referendum) which annulled the direct choice of a candidate and delegated that to the parties.
To oblige an Italian to pay, to line up to vote and not go out for a run  in the country, you’ve got to take them to breaking point.
The vote was not for the Olive party but against the Pole.
This is a foretaste of when the people will send the government off home at the next national elections.

I’m feeling a sensation of exhaustion. I can’t wait till this legislature finishes. I’m counting down the days a bit like when doing military service.
They know they have lost and they continue to think how to bother to get out of it. To create tricks. To think of everything.
I believe that after the elections we will get to know things that you humans haven’t yet seen…..
This period makes me think of the Republic of Salò, with Mussolini who wrote laws, gave orders, sent out decrees. A person who was anyway external to the real country.

These employees of the majority coalition seem like the characters in the story by Edgar Allan Poe: “The Mask of the Red Death”, in which Prince Prospero and his court take refuge in a castle to escape from the plague that spreads death in the country.
Arrogant, mocking, self-satisfied. Isolated.

If every night , we had a programme like yesterday’s Report they’d all be off home in a fortnight.

Posted by Beppe Grillo at 10:36 PM in | Comments (4)
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I've managed to save up roughly $60738 in my bank account, but I'm not sure if I should buy a house or not. Do you think the market is stable or do you think that home prices will decrease by a lot?

Posted by: Courtney Gidts | January 20, 2006 07:00 AM

This is cool, you have to try it. I guessed 24258, and this game guessed it! See it here - http://www.funbrain.com/guess/

Posted by: Allison Trump | November 16, 2005 03:00 AM

I did vote. This is the last time for me, as I'm moving permanently to Sweden, but I thought I had to cast my vote.
Hopefully, things will change in the next general election, that's what I wish to the Italian people who stay and face the music.
Enough of these cheaters: they must be sent home!

Posted by: Rosie Trenta | October 19, 2005 08:52 PM


Posted by: LUKE | October 19, 2005 07:48 PM

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