And Then There Were None


I’m publishing this letter from Marco Travaglio about the Political Parties that are Clean:

“Dear Beppe,

I’m obliged to tell you that you’ll have to cancel la Rosa nel Pugno, from the list of the parties that have no convicted candidates in the 9-10 April elections. I’ve had a look at the list for Piedmont where I vote (I daren’t even imagine what the lists for the other regions are like) and I’ve found 2 people involved with Tangentopoli.
A convicted socialist as a candidate for the Lower House and so as to honour the “par condicio”, one who is candidate for the Upper House. The candidate for the Lower House is Beppe Garesio, once Giusy La Ganga’s brilliant right hand man: like his leader (who is currently with the Margherita), even Garesio was sentenced to 8 months imprisonment for unlawful financing in relation to the kickbacks he received from Fiat for the affair about the rubbish tips which he confessed to in front of the Procura di Torino (Turin prosecutors). However he managed to negotiate and didn’t serve the sentence.

The candidate for the Upper House is the former President of the Province of Turin Sergio Luigi Ricca, who is also a former member of the PSI and in the 1990s was taken red-handed in a nasty but miserable bribery scandal for which he escaped arrest because of a serious traffic accident. He was forced to resign and thus brought down the whole cabinet of the region and in the end he was convicted for illegal financing but came to an agreement about the sentence. The kickbacks were for the insurance contracts (at inflated prices) on buildings owned by the Province. It was Ricca himself who told the judges that he had received 120 million lire in cash from one of Ina-Assitalia’s agents and that he then handed over half the cash to 2 members of the PSI: Giusy La Ganga and Ivan Grotto. The three defendants reached an agreement to avoid having to serve a sentence. They agreed to pay back the money taken illegally. And all the members of the Cabinet, including Ricca, contributed money to help the “poor” former councillor Grotto to pay back his 10 million.

For the sake of brevity, I’m not adding the names of “prescritti”. However I’ll just mention the legendary minister Salvo Andò. He was found not guilty in Catania in the trial about exchanging votes with the Santapaola clan. He was then saved by the time delay in the trial for bribes at the Centro fieristico. Now, to do honour to his name and above all to his surname (Andò = he went), he is making a triumphal return to politics with the Rosa nel Pugno. Salvo Andò e Tornò. (Salvo went and came back)".

Marco Travaglio

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That is why, as they say, politics are dirty... honest people, very often, stay away from the clutches of temptation!

We all know that honest people with transparent ideals and integrity have always been kicked out of politics.

Utopia, as you know, is only a dream.

Posted by: Joselle Camilleri | April 15, 2006 05:21 PM

Ma perché usando Firefox mi deve far vedere il sito in inglese? Webmaster metti a posto, giacché ho nelle lingue preferite l'italiano. Venendo alla questione mi pare tutta una stupidata. Forza ROSA NEL PUGNO.

Posted by: Salvio Di Maio | April 6, 2006 03:17 PM

Thanks, Maureen: I went to the Italia dei Valori site and perused their platform ... unhappily, my Italian (unlike yours - you live there, if I remember correctly) is not good enough to allow me to have a good understanding of it all, and I wasn't able to locate anything that read as if it were aimed at this area. But knowing what I do of Di Pietro, I'm certainly prepared to accept what you say; and Raffaella write of them, as well. I can only hope, then, that next weekend sees the man who carried Mani Puliti for all that time is as successful at the polls.

Posted by: Margaret-Rose STRINGER | April 4, 2006 11:04 PM

I agree especially with this initiative, is very useful to know the names of parties without convicted candidates!
If we say that all politician are crooked, it's the same to say that nobody is crooked!
We must differentiate between the different politicians and choose the clean ones!
As I wrote in the italian blog, I've never trusted The "Rosa nel Pugno".
Even if I agree with the most of struggles of Radical Party - human rights,divorce,abortion, research about staminal cells - I, find they are very confused about their political membership, once with the center-right coalition, and now with the center-left one!
I'd never understood if their fight against " justicialism" was a civil battle or only a attempt to help their old friends from PSI.(In all probability was both of them.)

We have still 3 possibilities:
Italia dei valori
Let's vote one of them!

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | April 4, 2006 02:10 PM

Ciao all,

I agree with Marco Travaglio at all!

No vote to the "Rosa nel Pugno"!

We want be different then the center-right wing, all the time, no matter where and who. So the convicted are not welcome in the center-left coalition

Mo-Bi-Li-Ta-Zio-Ne x prodi by sms, e-mails, blog...

Let's kick the puppet out from the institutions!!

Posted by: Delfino * Dublino | April 4, 2006 12:12 PM

What can I say?
This is now a standard.
To take for granted any politician with a rap sheet is now average in Italy.
Nothing strikes us anymore, it's like ordinary life.
Isn't it?

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | April 4, 2006 03:58 AM

For Margaret Rose...I think Italia dei valori has this on its agenda (di Pietro's list).

Posted by: Maureen Lister | April 3, 2006 11:31 PM

Is there any would-be politician amongst all those striving to be elected who has in his stated platform the intention of ensuring that he (of course I mean 'or she', here) would work unceasingly to prevent the possibility of a convicted person's being allowed to stand for - let alone be elected to - a seat ?

Posted by: Margaret-Rose STRINGER | April 3, 2006 11:18 PM

zero commenti???

Posted by: Diego Bonci | April 3, 2006 11:03 PM

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