Tomorrow is another day. We’ll see.

“Non c’è niente di più triste in momenti come questi...” {There’s nothing sadder in moments like this….”}

There are days when I wake up in the morning and there’s a thought that torments me. At the beginning I can’t get it focused, but almost straight away it’s there, in front of me. It’s like waking up with a stomach pain. For days now, as I sit on the edge of the bed what’s paining me is the pardon for the financial crimes and corruption that has been approved by this Centre Left in the Senate.

A Centre Left that was voted in to eliminate “ad personam” laws. And it’s done that in its own way: with a single law it has resolved the problem for the past and for the future.

In fact, in the words of Gerardo D’Ambrosio, “those who will benefit from the pardon include those whose guilt has not yet been discovered for crimes committed up until 2 May 2006. Anyone tried in the next three years starts off with a bonus of –3 years in their pocket. Unless they have committed really serious crimes, that are punished with more than 6 years, they already know that they won’t finish up in prison, before or after the final sentence.”

There you are, this is probably the key to this UnioneCDL agreement: in the current investigations. We’ll soon know. As soon as the judges have formalised the results of the procedures. If there are excellent names of politicians, industrialists, financiers, bankers then we’ll have a legitimate suspicion.

To free up the prisons from those who have never been there and perhaps could have gone there, is a mission for Rutelli and Fassino. Where does this humanitarian streak come from?
But there’s another thought. It’s not quite really in focus. It’ll be much clearer after the interview of Fausto- brown-Bertinotti to la Stampa.

That this government is already coming to an end. That Prodi has already been given the sack by his allies. That behind the scenes, another government is already ready, a new government of Mess-ups Nazionale, a bit like Merkel’s, a bit like D’Alema’s. Is he the candidate in waiting fro the position of President of the Council?

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i am a sicilatono and i think we need to open italys eyes about how there destroying the beatiful mediteranian sea that has water as clear as in hawiie

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Posted by: spring | August 11, 2006 05:26 AM

quanto ancora ci vogliono deprimere con i loro sporchi giochi di parole e di potere?
non si puo' pensare che si possa andare avanti cosi'...gente che lavora tutta la sua vita e passa un guaio se ha un'assegno scoperto, ma gente come loro la passano liscia se commettono gravi crimini finanziari...che schifo!

Posted by: Florens | August 2, 2006 02:52 AM

To change Italy, we need a revolution. To make a revolution we need to be angry enough. We are not. It will be never a revolution in Italy because italians can't be angry enough. This was said by Pasolini, an artist, 40 years ago.
Another artist, said that to be an artist, we need to have talent and to be hungry.It was Leonardo da Vinci 500 years ago. We are not hungry anymore and we will never be angry enough to change this circle.
If what we had is not what we have it will be never any better for us.
Since 5 centuries, we are living with what our ancestors did. If we did it for 500 years we can do it for 1000. It's what many italians are thinking. In the mean time I can tell you some statistics: Israel: 3 milions people a year, Italy: 38 milions a year, France: 42 milions a year. Las Vegas: 45 milions a year. The changement will be, maybe, if the politicians will be the sponsors of the artist. But actually is the contrary!

Posted by: blisco jaio | August 1, 2006 10:56 AM

How right you are Joselle Camilleri in saying that Parliament in Italy is simply a House of Shame. In a really democratic society any parliamentarian charged with any crime should immediately resign and not stay in parliament to change the law to avoid punishment. This can only happen in Italy. Maybe we should take Eva kulnura's advise and form a Party of Italians Abroad (PIA)to fight against corruption in politics.

Posted by: Franco D'Alessi | July 31, 2006 02:43 PM

It could have got better but it got worse... let me explain a bit. Here we are, with a "new" government, and everybody hoped there would be a change for the better. Now, as Raffaella says, she got pissed off, and even I got pissed off with this infamous law. Mastella [and I still cannot chew this man - non lo posso masticare... I have to understand his role in the government coalition] comes up with this bright idea to serve better, without a doubt, the lousy corrupt law breakers and fraudsters on both sides.

Honest citizens remain baffled. Of course, you would be baffled, extremely baffled if a LEFTIST government enacts a law that will first, and foremost, SERVE to pardon many sleazy characters that are in the RIGHTIST ranks. Berlusconi & Co. did not have the nerve to put up this law but somehow I sense a form of collusion here. Is this some kind of a "gift" for keeping quiet sometimes???

Ah, now I remember, honest citizens write about politics, they see things, be they in Italy or elsewhere, be they Italian or non-Italian [like me who, honest citizen, I live and pay taxes and work like a bleeding dog to earn my money honestly.] I do not know how long anybody's sanity can hold if you find that the majority of those who will benefit from this indulto game are those who STILL would have had to touch the prison grounds...

Then, pray, allow me to ask a very stupid question whose answer would be pathetically stupid as well... why do we make a storm in a teacup everytime some big shot manages to amass a few million Euros to the detriment of his honest fellowmen? Why spend money on trials and "processi" when everybody knows the fraudsters will walk SCOT FREE???

Who will pay for the crimes by Tanzi, Parmalat, Previti, Cirio, Unipol, Antonveneta, BNL and so many many others? Should we include the little truffatori like Vanna Marchi & Co.??

Should we include FRAUD as a NEW JOB not punishable by law?

Sorry, Fausto Bertinotti, I thought you were more serious... as to Mastella... NO DAMN COMMENT! The others who voted for this law??? THIEVES...

And those who voted against? The only SANE people in a parliament of fools.

Oh yes, we used to denigrate parliament in the UK and call it House of Fun... It is a circus, after all, just a show. Parliament in Italy is simply a House of Shame.

Posted by: Joselle Camilleri | July 31, 2006 11:44 AM

we need the first italian revolution

Posted by: fab tom | July 30, 2006 08:00 PM

The problem concerning the future of released prisoners exists also when they will be released at the end of their penalty. It's a big problem in Italy, the most prisoners are in jail because of their degraded beckground, and nobody is doing something to improve their chances to lead a honest life. Italian prisons looks like Dante's circles of Hell.
The real problem with this pardon is that also the corruption crimes can benefit from the pardon: most of this guys are not in jail, and a lot of them are already sitting in Parliament. Thanks this law they will be totally free, without resolving the problem of prison's overpopulation.
The worst is that this is the result of a "inciucio", a dirty compromise with Forza Italia, the party of thieves and crooked people.
That piss me off.

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | July 30, 2006 06:27 PM

Dear BG and Italians,
I'm italian and live in USA since 2001. I'm really worried of what is going to happen with this "perdon". I just finish to read the letter written to Mastella from a desperte mother, published on the "La Repubblica". My question is who is going to give work to all those people. Nobody. Who is going to feed and give a place to sleep to all those people. Nobody. What they are going to do to survive ? They will continue to commit crimes like they use to do. You do not free so many people without a social plan. Even norma and onest people do not have a job in italy unless they are rich and/or with a recommendation with a politician. It's discusting.
If the Pope is so happy of this "perdon" hope he is going to help all those people.
They will regret this stupid decision.
Like they say here in USA "Have a nice day !"

Posted by: Vanessa Scocchera | July 30, 2006 03:20 PM

Democratically, this form of “save-VIP pardon” has been licensed, and it has to be democratically accepted by all us. Finally, I am quite happy if this exchange of prisoners makes free all poor guys who were unprepared to stand in the society but could better recover outside than inside.

But what next? As one of the commons, I keep in my elector pass a printed list of all those who voted for this form of “save-VIP pardon” and democratically I'll deny my vote at the polls to any party hosting any such would be politician.

To this concern, it would help to have on these web pages a printable single list (no parties) of all those who voted for this “save-VIP pardon” complete with first name and surname (possibly also birth date in case of homonymy). A single alphabetical list helps checking at the poll and carries a meaning for this political pastiche.

It is a sad conclusion, but the only one that my conscience can accept.


Posted by: Francesco Pietra | July 30, 2006 09:48 AM

4 Franco D'Alessi, how about we form instead a party od indipendents ,from all the italian living overseas,we are many and we can make huge difference,ciao

Posted by: eva kulnura | July 30, 2006 07:34 AM

I agree with one of the comments (the one by Fab Tom) that says that it may be time for us Italians abroad to come back and to help change the country. Living abroad gives us a perspective of Italy that is different from Italians in Italy. We can see a wonderful country rotting away and only a relatively small number of Italians who have the courage to stand up and try to stop or at least minimise the rot. The Law of Pardons is just another way of accelerating the rot in Italy. Only a few people like Di Pietro in politics and Beppe Grillo have the guts to stand up and be counted.

Posted by: Franco D'Alessi | July 30, 2006 06:41 AM

Italy has a preculiar problem solving approach: if the patient is sick, just kill him, so he won't be sick anymore .... jails are full? easy solution: open the gates! Honest Italians (the few stupid taxpayers, people so naive that are keeping on thinking that the law is the same for everyone) are once again screwed up. Special thanks to Mastella by Cesare Previti & Co. Bye


Posted by: Gregory Gyssels | July 30, 2006 04:29 AM

maybe it is time for us italians abroad to come back and to help to change the country

Posted by: fab tom | July 30, 2006 12:51 AM

It is getting more more interesting by the day!
it is unfolding like a telenovela,or an americam soap opera,it ca get any better than this!

Posted by: eva kulnura | July 30, 2006 12:51 AM

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