Yes, however…


It’s a week since the meeting at Palazzo Chigi.

The employee Prodi has surely had the opportunity to read the proposals resulting from the Citizen Primaries. Our top employee emits trust, he smiles, he nods, approves, meditates, mutters and murmurs noises that sounds like agreement. In the face of catastrophe he is always serene. And we are reassured and start to think of other stuff. But a week of honeymoon is finished and I’m no longer really so reassured. It’s not that I’m questioning Prodi’s actions, however….

However a number of undersecretaries and Ministers like we’ve got isn’t even reached by the whole of the European Parliament. However, many Ministers don’t know what they are talking about but they are talking every day.
However meeting with the top brass of Abertis and of Autostrade at Palazzo Chigi one day and another day isn’t done while negotiations are in progress.
However, there’s the amnesty.
However the law about the conflict of interests that is no longer talked about, is strange in a government of talkers.
However there’s the reform of the election law that was urgent and is now at “maybe”.
However there’s the withdrawal from Iraq that could have been done in a week and yet instead they don’t want to offend Bush.
However the reform of the radio TV system was to be done immediately and now perhaps won’t be done.

Dear employee Prodi, after only a week since we met it doesn’t seem right to set off any type of disciplinary procedure, but I have to say, I am a bit disappointed.
But perhaps this is just a problem for me.

The meeting with Prodi was filmed. No one has yet seen what really happened. Now you can find out. Download the 3 clips, send them around, but don’t tell anyone.
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George, I share your worries, but, as I wrote many times on this blog, we voted him! And why? Because he was the only alternative we had. I agree with you that we must keep vigilant guard over him and his government, but I would wait longer than a week to be totally disillusioned.

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | June 17, 2006 11:41 AM

You wrote "But perhaps this is just a problem for me."

No, it is also for me.
Francesco Pietra

Posted by: Francesco Pietra | June 17, 2006 08:35 AM

I am sure we will have to wait more than a couple of weeks. This might sound stale to some, or even sour, but history, especially political history, tends to repeat itself and continue to be repetitive.

Guess what? When Blair got premiership in the UK after a very LONG Tory administration spanning from Thatcher to Major, everybody thought that things were going to change radically. Ironically enough we have had so many doses of the same medicine that the Tories had fed us in the years before Labour got to power that at one point one starts asking questions... what are we really voting for? Are we voting for a change of politics and ideals or simply for a change of politicians?

I think this is going to be the same case for Italy. And as bleak as things are promising to be, I doubt if there will really be a change, after all, for, as the French nicely put it, plus ça change et plus c'est la meme chose!

Posted by: Joselle Camilleri | June 17, 2006 03:07 AM

ciao beppe,stirring the same soup,always the same people doing the same job,housewife can do better,we do have to keep the family budget,and they would do a great service to the country if they bring they rolling pin in parlament for a big clean up,food for thought,ciao

Posted by: eva kulnura | June 17, 2006 02:23 AM

Being an italiano all'estero, I don't have as big a stake in all this as voi italiani. But on what basis would you trust Prodi? What has he done to earn your trust? The early signs don't look good. And as I mentioned he is not an unknown quantity. I certainly sympathize with the new government. Cleaning up the horrible mess left by Berlusconi will be a gargantuan task, and not only that. The government also will have to fight the subversion and sabotage by the Cdl. And of course Herr Ratzinger will do all he can to oppose any progressive initatives by the new government in the areas of sexuality, women's and gay rights, reproductive technologies, ecc. All of which requires, in my view, a vigilant and mobilized public, so that Prodi does not "give away the store," come dicono gli americani.

Posted by: George De Stefano | June 17, 2006 01:32 AM

I agree with The Prince.
Let's give him trust for a while!
At least, we was waiting 50 years for a change, a week more is not the end of the world!

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | June 16, 2006 11:00 PM

Let's give him trust and see what happens.
We are already at the bottom.
When we will have to start to dig then, I think that somebody will do something concrete.

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | June 16, 2006 10:13 PM

No, Beppe, it's not just a problem for you. You are right to be, well...skeptical. After all, Prodi is not an unknown figure and I think we know what we can expect from him. It will be up to the other parties and individuals in the Unione to keep him honest (impossible dream???)and not allow him to try to resolve the various crises of Italian capitalism on the backs of Italian workers. Remember the "austerity" measures under the last Ulivo government?)

And yes, what is going on with Iraq? When I saw in Repubblica that Prodi did not want to "irritare gli USA" I nearly choked on my espresso.

The conflict of interest law, media reform, repealing the horrible Fini drug law -- voi italiani are going to have to be vigilant, because left to his own devices Il Professore will NOT do the right thing.

Posted by: George De Stefano | June 16, 2006 03:59 PM

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