17 men on the coffin


Update on ex-convicts in Parliament. 8 have been eliminated and so they are now former parliamentarian ex-convicts, free to create a new life for themselves. 16 have been re-elected as they were chosen by the party secretaries who put them in the list. One has been convicted after the elections for corruption of judges. And itís not really clear whether he wants to participate in the sittings in the 2 hours heís got to get air. To be on the safe side, Iím leaving him in the list.
The total of the ex-convicts is thus down from 24 to 17. At this rate by the elections of 2101, Parliament will finally be clean. A happy event for our great grandchildren.

The 17 remaining are all long distance Members of Parliament. Some have been there since before Inter last won the Italian Football Championship. They are very fond of the institutions that they represent. Thanks to their experience in terms of crimes they can make laws so as to be able to anticipate them. Alternatively, and this is the dream of all those who have been caught red-handed, to eliminate the crimes so that they can once more be virginal and pure.

When counting the ex-convicts, we see way out in first place the Correctional Domicile of Liberty with 9 present. The other parties are minor. Worrying, however, are the neo parliamentarians, Pomicino and De Michelis elected in the new DC and the new PSI. Are they the new ones who go forward, or the leftovers that remain?

How can we get on top of these blessed men? Have you noticed that they are all men? I no longer know what to do.
But five years are long. Everything can happen. And yet though I would not hope for anything bad for these 17. Itís enough that they are 17 in number {unlucky number in Italy}. If for some tiny physical problem, but really tiny, they were to be obliged to depart before the end of the legislature, honest Italians, the non-ex-convicts, it is understood, would take it as a sign of a blessed destiny. Those moments of luck that every so often happen in life.


1 Berruti Massimo Maria FI
2 Biondi Alfredo (crime was then depenalised) FI
3 Bonsignore Vito Udc - European Parliament
4 Bossi Umberto Lega Nord- European Parliament
5 Cantoni Giampiero FI
6 Carra Enzo Margherita
7 Cirino Pomicino Paolo New Dc
8 Dell'Utri Marcello FI
9 De Michelis Gianni New Psi
10 Jannuzzi Lino FI
11 La Malfa Giorgio Pri
12 Maroni Roberto Lega Nord
13 Previti Cesare FI
14 Sterpa Egidio FI
15 Tomassini Antonio FI
16 Visco Vincenzo Ds
17 Vito Alfredo FI

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Hello,i'm reading (unfortunately until now) this comments and statements.They are very interesting.
Best Regards, Birgit

Posted by: Birgit | December 13, 2007 10:07 PM


is the number 17 really a unlucky number in italy. I had a suite number 17 in Rom last jear. Well here the unlucky number is 13. How do you think about Friday the 13th? Also a interesting article.

Greetings from Germany

Posted by: Herzengel Detring | September 20, 2007 10:51 AM


is the number 17 really a unlucky number in italy. I had a suite number 17 in Rom last jear. Well here the unlucky number is 13. How do you think about Friday the 13th? Also a interesting article.

Greetings from Germany

Posted by: Herzengel | September 20, 2007 10:50 AM


thank your for the good article and verry interesting discussion.

Greetings from Germany
Sven Fischer

Posted by: Sven Fischer | April 1, 2007 07:49 AM

Keeping convicts out of politics is a joke. An attempt could be a limit to one term ONLY and after that interdiction with public sector for 5 years.
Don't expect such legislation to be approved by them unless it comes out from popular referendum.
It seems to me that in Italy after all there are still some guts to dig up some scandals... something that it does not seem popular in other countries.

Posted by: Bruno Gasparini | September 18, 2006 07:28 AM

I totaly agree with Michele! This would change the situation, really!

Greetings M.

Posted by: Milos | May 30, 2006 08:38 PM

Dear Beppe,

Thank you for this important update. In order to contribute to your list I would like to point out that Francesco Rutelli (newly appointed minister) and his assessors in charge in the council of Rome between 1994-96 have been condemned to pay back 1 million Euros to the council. This was decided by the judges after a trial concerning concultancies paid by the mayor to external "experts" which was judged to be illegal (CORTE DI CASSAZIONE Sezioni Unite Civili, 25 gennaio 2006, Sentenza n. 1379 (Presidente V. Carbone, Relatore M. Marrone - Ric. Rutelli ed altri). The court sentence can be viewed on this link http://www.ambientediritto.it/sentenze/2006/Cassazione/Cassazione%202006%20n.1379.HTM. Would you consider him a candidate for your list? Best Regards, Michele

Posted by: Michele Intorcia | May 27, 2006 12:48 PM

here in australia, as soon they get a tiny tiny spot of dirt on their name they are out,no more future in politics, I hope that senator Randazzo will export from australia some integrity and honesty,it is time to get rid of the bluggers and criminals, and how about to give a vote to a candidate not for theis promises but their merits,it would change the whole situation all togheter,good luck

Posted by: eva kulnura | May 26, 2006 10:35 AM

Yes... and discounting crimes for which MEN have actually been convicted, there are also those who are or may be under investigation and those whose behaviour, if not criminal, is unethical, immoral or plain disgusting. As Marco Travaglio recently wrote in the UNITA' (commenting on former Home Secretary Pisanu's football-match conversations with Lucky Luciano Moggi), pulling your pants down in front of MP's is not actually a "penally relevant" but it's not exactly great behaviour. Nor is using the word "lesbian" as an insult to Rosi Bindi. The MP who said that to her may not be a criminal, but should a person like that be "representing the people" (ha ha) in Parliament?

Posted by: Maureen Lister | May 25, 2006 11:18 AM

Very interesting. At least your criminals have been prosecuted! In the US we have no convicted criminals in congress as far as I know, meaning that we have 500 odd UNPROSECUTED criminals in congress.

Posted by: riqie arneberg | May 24, 2006 02:13 PM

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