Ménage à trois


Banks, companies and the media. The threesome that wins big stakes when you play the Italian Lotto. The banks possess the companies or more often their debts. And when the debts are too big, they transform them into bonds for affectionate clients. Banks and companies possess the media that highlights their virtues. The great Italian publishing houses are called Tronchetti, Benetton, De Benedetti, Berlusconi, Luca Cordero. They are personalities emerging from the entrepreneurpublisherbankers. They are individuals with super power. They are ever-present on the Boards of Directors.

In their own bodies, or as ventriloquists using the independent Directors.
It’s a bundle of wool without individual threads. It’s a jumble in which everything is the contrary of everything else. It’s managed by an oligarchy that has debts in the companies and profits in their own bank accounts. The media cannot judge the companies and the banks that own them. The banks have nothing to gain by forcing into bankruptcy the companies that are participants in the control of the banks and are already failed. The companies in difficulty use the banks to transfer debts and they use the media to ensure that the collapse does not emerge.

It’s a Bermuda Triangle. An association of interests. A black hole in which the citizen disappears. The shareholder disappears. The reader disappears. The banks stay on their feet solidly anchored to political power. One after the other, the companies are plundered. The media live from State support, with our taxes and from advertising.

There’s something morbid, sickly, something like a red light film for sado-masochistic managers in these connections. Why can’t a bank just be a bank, a newspaper just be a newspaper, the company just a company? Why do we have to have a system in the place of an economy? Perhaps because the economy no longer exists?

Prodi hit the taxi drivers who hit the journalists. Bersani has equalised and the Italians have lost. If Prodi were to attack the strong powers what would happen? Will he lose 10 to 0? If he imposes a net division between information, finance and companies, how long will his government last? A week? But if he doesn’t do this, how long will Italy last?

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To: Massimo Moratti of Intermilan.
You wasted all talented player in the world, they such a good player and nothing wrong with that. But why its so difficult to be a strong and character inter team? I think you have to change coach with most brillian one and world class that can make your team full of heart. Please choose them best of the best (Frank Rizkaard, Ruud Gullit, Marco Van Basten, Svan Goran Ericsson, Scolari)

Posted by: Amay | October 3, 2006 03:16 AM

4 blisco ,and how about beppe balls?do you think he will continual to be on the sideline screaming,and kidding himself that he is only a comic,or he will take his true call and led us all like moses out of this limbo?ciao

Posted by: eva kulnura | July 23, 2006 02:08 AM

I think that it's aquestion of balls. Prodi's ones are too flabby and Berlusc's ones were too heavy:-)

Posted by: Blisco jaio | July 22, 2006 03:05 PM

I posted a comment on this subject unfortunately in the file of next day (Mandela). I apologize for it GP Feltrin

Posted by: gian pietro feltrin | July 22, 2006 09:31 AM

Dear Beppe,
have you lost a chance to denounce Tronchetti Provera and Telecom Italia?
"The Calciopoli" should be one classical example of marriage of company's interests saved by another company's action.
Tronchetti Provera is the Chairman at Telecom Italia and is the Chairman of Pirelli.
Massimo Moratti is President of Inter Milan and sits on the board of Pirelli;
Carlo Buora is CEO of Pirelli and sits on Inter Milan board of directors.
In this environment of football, phone industry and tyre giants, could you have expected any one to investigate anything going on at Inter from listening to their mobile phones?
It is the presence of Moratti and Buora in 2 companies that allowed them to stop anything dangerous (perhaps they even new of the mobile phones tappings)!!!!
This is why Inter Milan has not been touched by Calciopoli!!!!

Posted by: M P | July 20, 2006 12:42 PM


This morning I read the article concerning the "agreement between Bersani and the Taxidrivers" on "La Stampa" and I realised that the pervert circle continues, even with the new Italian Government nothing changes, as usual.

The article did not mention the content of the agreement so I figureted it out that they were no changes to the status quo.

No matter what Prodi or anybody else try to do, the result looks always the same.

And it does not longer surprise me that very few appear to note these cowardly decisions: Zidane please try to do the same with Bersani....

Posted by: Gabriele | July 20, 2006 12:41 PM

This is the kind of trasparency asked from Prodi.
His future with the Italians should be based upon this task.

Posted by: High Plains Drifter | July 20, 2006 03:24 AM

the question is;who as the balls to do the job? we are still waiting,unless you go for the job yourself beppe is going to be a long wait ciao

Posted by: eva kulnura | July 20, 2006 02:25 AM

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