The dance of quack quack


Five years ago the Olive Tree {center left coalition} proposed modifications to the electoral law.

Berlusconi, our employee dwarf carrier of referendums, reacted (listen to the audio) by calling it antidemocratic and appealed to Ciampi.

The Olive Tree drew it up and nothing was done about it.

Five years later, the Pole {center right coalition} proposed modifications to the electoral law.

Prodi reacted by calling it antidemocratic and appealed to Ciampi.

The Pole didn’t bat an eyelid and approved it in the Lower Chamber.

It seems like the dance of quack quack.
And the citizens?
They count for less than zero.

The elections are the tool used for us to take on employees for a short-term project.

This is my suggestion: in the next legislature let’s say that a law that is the result of a referendum can be changed only by another referendum.
I hope that some employees are listening to me, and also that all the employers are listening.

Saturday 22 October at 10 am I’ll be in Parco di Nervi, by the “vasca delle tartarughe” [tortoise basin] of Villa Gropallo, to greet the volunteers in the “Friends of the Parks of Nervi” who are working for the restoration and re-valuing of Nervi’s Parks Their most recent activity has been the restoration of 160 benches.

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I can't believe it, my co-worker just bought a car for $74854. Isn't that crazy!

Posted by: Betsy Markum | February 15, 2006 07:07 PM

I couldn't agree more.

Posted by: Sean | October 30, 2005 12:51 PM

Though Unpopular, Berlusconi Succeeds at Undoing 'Revolution'
Italian Leader's Critics Fear Return of Corruption, Inefficiency

By Daniel Williams
Washington Post Foreign Service
Monday, October 24, 2005; Page A14

ROME -- It was called the Italian Revolution. In the early 1990s, dozens of politicians and their business allies were tossed into jail by anti-corruption prosecutors. Political parties that had dominated the country's revolving-door governments for 50 years crumbled. Voters demanded -- and got -- electoral reforms designed to ensure relatively stable governments.

Less than a decade and a half later, the revolution is over. A steady counterattack over the past four years by Silvio Berlusconi, Italy's wealthy and assertive prime minister, has nullified many of the laws that made such prosecutions possible. In one recent stroke, Berlusconi's coalition in Parliament this month erased electoral rules that grew out of the upheaval of the '90s and that many voters once hoped would reduce government shakiness and sleaze.

Legislators from Italy's Northern League party hold a banner that says "Thanks Bossi" after the lower house voted Thursday to change the constitution. Northern League leader Umberto Bossi backed the changes, as did Berlusconi. (By Alessandro Bianchi -- Reuters)

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Many of Berlusconi's critics see symptoms of a reborn corrupt and inefficient state in a recent upsurge of organized crime and in scandals that have rocked the country's business sector.

Berlusconi himself has done well under the changes. He has declared that he entered politics to protect his business interests from antitrust moves and himself from prosecution for corruption. He once said: "If I, taking care of everyone's interests, also take care of my own, you can't talk about a conflict of interest."

"It is remarkable that, in serving his own interests, Berlusconi has had the effect of reversing the entire revolution," said Erik Jones, a professor of European studies at Johns Hopkins University Bologna Center. "He may be giving away big achievements for the narrowest of reasons."

Giovanni Sartori, a law professor and frequent critic of Berlusconi's government, said: "Berlusconi has governed strictly from a cost-benefit analysis of how he can serve himself. By his calculation, his job showed results."

Opponents call the new electoral ordinance a prime example of a head of government tailoring laws to his own needs. There was no wide public demand for such a change; it was a Berlusconi initiative, announced six months before national elections scheduled for April.

"This is not about reform," Sartori said. "This is about expediency."

The rules restore Italy to a system of proportional voting in which parties gain seats in Parliament according to the percentage of votes they win nationwide. Voters discarded a similar system by referendum in 1993, after a long period in which Italian governments turned over at a rate averaging more than once a year.

Under the system adopted 12 years ago, 75 percent of seats were contested in winner-take-all districts, the rest by proportional vote. The referendum marked the end of the so-called First Republic, the designation for Italy's post-World War II years.

Berlusconi was elected under the new system twice -- in 1994 and again in 2001. In between, a coalition of Communists, former Communists, Christian Democrats and others took power and remained there for five years.

Analysts say Berlusconi will likely lose the upcoming election to former prime minister Romano Prodi, but that a proportional system will reduce the size of his loss

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Posted by: Luke Lucky | October 23, 2005 01:26 PM

I really admire you Beppe, because you are always spreading news all over the net and giving real information about our sick country.
And the fact that you write in English too, gives it an international smart touch, which I really like.
I write here even though I'm completely and proudly (oh well, not properly proud) Italian, it seems more "elite" to me.

You are great.

Posted by: Federica Fiore | October 22, 2005 10:23 PM

That's the way to be "the first one" as somebody want to be in the blog: let's write in English! :-)))

Hi Beppe, best greetings from Brussels, there are a lot of Italians here who love you, being so terribly tired and angry for seeing such a sad spectacle of Italy in hand of "barbarians"... barbarians coming from inside.

When are you going to perform your show here in Belgium? Yesterday I saw your DVD, just arrived... it's fantastic, so many time without you and you are incredible, brillant, strong. Best than ever, but so bitter laughs...

Thanks, many thanks Beppe! Go on, you are not alone, "we'll overcome"!!!

Un abbraccio,


Posted by: Mario Gabrielli Cossellu | October 22, 2005 03:54 PM

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