The army of the twelve monkeys


The electoral body is not made up of fifty million Italians. It's made up of a dozen people. The party leaders. A tiny group of individuals, who without any apparent reason, but thanks to an indecent law, have decided who has to represent the electors. And who has to be a Minister. Or Undersecretary. Prodi, Rutelli, Casini, Berlusconi, Bertinotti, Pecoraro Scanio, Diliberto, Di Pietro, Fini, Bossi, Pannella, D'Alema. The others get tips.
Democracy is dead. In Parliament there are seats for friends, relatives, wives, lovers, lackeys, right-hand men and lawyers. All their stuff. All with a direct call. All with a vocation.
Before the elections, the Centre Left wanted to climb up to the Aventino. Now it's very comfortable at Montecitorio. Everyone has had their fill of pork. The pig-like law is good, really good, and irresistible after you've tasted it.
Now they are talking about a referendum for a new election law. They wink (Amato), advise (Napolitano), converge (Berlusconidalema), proclaim (Prodi), threaten (Bossi). A dishonourable piece of theatre. That will continue in the Caserta Palace.
The election law must be abolished and the previous one restored. The one that allowed us to choose the candidates. Afterwards. Only after that can we discuss how to improve it. If a law can be considered illegitimate, the current election law is just that. Parliament is made by the secretaries of the parties. This government has been elected to cancel out this shit. Not to discuss it with the pig men. There has been a coup d'état. Everyone knows it. None of the parties has suffered it.
Just the Italians.

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Hello there,
By now most of the people frequenting this blog, have a pretty good idea my points of view on several subjects especially when it comes to Politicians.
I find myself sometime pondering within myself, and obviously there must be something basic about Italian that either I can’t see or can’t get a good grip on.
I see the place where I was borne and raised fall apart, piece by piece, the majority of Italians (I believe) are either discontent or unsatisfied of their standard of living, while the Political Establishment has figure out how to circumvent all the Italians and thrive regardless of the status of the Country.
Why is this?
What does it takes to snap people from indifference, from complacency, from the passive mode there are in?
I was borne and raised in northern Italy, I am aware of the problems over there, from the road problems to tax problems (I am aware that 65% of GDP is in the north while 65% of government expenditure is in the south) to pollution, energy, housing cost etc.
Politicians in Italy are re-active not pro-active, they only act when a crisis arises, while for the rest of the time they continually discuss ideologies, power struggles, irrelevant policies (Latest Mr. Mastella wants a law against who ignores Holocaust?).
People is complaining against US Bases, while at the same time in Sardinia are now wondering about job and income losses due to the US Navy base closing (Nuclear Submarine Base La Maddalena?).
Please would someone set me straight on this, there must be something I am missing big time, because either I am expecting too much from Italian, or Italian really need a wake up call and terrorists to blow up something to see the Institution crumble.
Just imagine an aircraft crashing into Pirelli building in Milan, the Italian government would crush onto itself in 2 hours, radars are not even turned on in airports or Sicily channel for that matter (After office hour, overtime is required?).
Please would someone stand up and be counted, if tomorrow the ECB kicks Italy out of the Euro what than?
Wake up otherwise Pacs will be the norm, transvestite at the government, Italy send soldiers to Lebanon while boats load of illegal are flocking in from Libia?
What the heck is going on over there, stop playing the mandolin and eating pizza while watching those gorgeous babe on TV, they are fo***ng up your and my Country as well.
Please tell me something I can’t see, although has to be plausible!

Posted by: Giacomo Chiametti | January 20, 2007 07:05 PM

Hello there,
Where are the so called Free Press, Free Journalists, and Consumers Agencies?
Gasoline is at $1.32 Gallons (3.785 Liters) on the open market, and that means 0.269 Euros per Liter while at the Italian pumps hasn’t moved for a week.
Where are all the entrepreneurs of Italy, I wish I had the money, I would buy a cargo (Tanker) of gas and sell it to independent gas stations at a reasonable profit and I am guessing Big Oil Companies would be up in arms while the Government would probably open an inquiry of 6 months with no results.
The problem is these idiots are from the 60ies while the rest of the world is in the 21st Century, clearly blatant by their response time.
Is time to send them home or retire them Italy would definitely better off without them than with them.
Economy Minister has initiated an investigation into why the Oil lost 22% since December 2006 while Gasoline has only decreased by 1.7% in the same period.
Rest my case. Think when you vote!
Better off with an unknown one then with an incapable well known!

Posted by: Giacomo Chiametti | January 19, 2007 04:33 PM

Hello there,
Where are all the so called libertarians, egalitarians all the people that was shore Mr. Prodi would alleviate everybody’s problem with his policies and leftist Parties.
Folks not that Mr. Berlusconi was much better, the moral of the Ferry Tales of Italian Political Establishment is that these Incompetent Idiots have no clues and while surfing through their Political Mandate while Italy is sinking every day deeper and deeper into chaos, dysfunction of any Government Agency, Political dismay.
It’s a circus, even at the EU they open public sites without Italian Language, and all the other 4 state founders are there only Italian is missing in action.
What a sorry state of affairs, everybody is running for cover before the s**t hits the Fan.

Posted by: Giacomo Chiametti | January 18, 2007 07:03 PM

Hello there,
Political credo is gone, over, finito, blow away, irrelevant, these Human Species lowest denominator are all after money.
There is no morality in these incompetent Politicians, while Italy lags all the European Nation founders of the EU, while Italy’s Politicians are laughing all the way to the bank.
Nation: Av. Income Politicians
Italy 21.5 KEur 150 KEur
Germany 28.5 KEur
UK 30 KEur
Netherland 29.6 KEur
France 22.5 KEur
So the average Incompetent Politicians in Italy makes 6.6 times the average Joe Blow (Not including perks and money under the table) and they tell Italians not to cheat on their taxes.
Please make a deal with Cosa Nostra if they make these people disappear Italian will stop trying to get rid of Mafia (Politicians are the Mafia any how) so everybody will live happily ever after.

Posted by: Giacomo Chiametti | January 15, 2007 04:49 PM

Hello there,
Politics should be implemented with Action plans, and not the other way around.
In Italy instead Action Plans are made after a Political Meeting.
Why the Financial Statements (Tax Returns) for the few are kept secret?
Should be public domain since it is Public Money after all!
Your instead is and will stay open to scrutiny year around.
Always follow the money and the truth will come to light.
Where is the “Have and Have not” financial dividing line, at 45.000 Euro, indicated in the Finanziaria and who makes more than the indicated figure?
All of them, each and every one of them, therefore by their own definition they all are Tax Cheaters, although I never heard of any Audits from the GDF for this Incompetent Buffoons.
Meantime Oil is at 53.99 US Dollard, Gasoline at 1.42 US/Dollars a gallon (1 Gallon=3.785 Liter, 1 Euro=1.30 US$) and having done all the exchange gasoline actual cost is 0.288 Liter while at the pump average 1.224 Euro, difference 0.935 Euro taxes and profits.
70% of the cost of Gasoline is Taxes and Profit for someone?
Meanwhile they laugh and you pay.
Rest my case Italians get exactly what they ask for and it wouldn't make any difference any how.

Posted by: Giacomo Chiametti | January 14, 2007 05:31 PM

Hello there,
I heard around, that from now on every Italian Citizen is required to carry along with a valid ID, a small quantity of KY jelly.
This requirement was established in the latest weekend outing of the Government in Caserta (Not sure about spelling!) and contained in very fine print inside the final Manifesto, encompassing all the Government Action Plan for the year.
While deficit officially quantified at 2.5% of GDP, Finanziaria was justified and necessary for Growth, Reforms and Liberalizations will be handled directly and personally by Mr. Prodi while for the rest (You) irrelevant!
Remember before You vote, because after it’s too late!

Posted by: Giacomo Chiametti | January 13, 2007 04:54 PM

Piero,I like you i was born under the actual political system,a system base on promises,as I said I have it with promises that are not kept,when I talk abot merit,I am talking about man or womens that have contribute to society,that when they operate they think about the whole the good of all,they don't think in tern of ME and MINE,and peole that have wisdom,humility,and have proved in the community that are worth of trust,people that put in action what they said,an example could be Di Pietro or the major that you mention before,this men or womens are for transparency,honesty,ect ect,now how to put this in place,we need a big shift in consciuness,untill we all things only about my backgarden(as a matter or speak)and not about our neighbor we will have the current situation,when we start think in term of comunity,and fron there state ,country and the rest of the world,you'll see that we are all interrelated,exaple global warning is and will affect everybody the all world,so about this we need a big effort for all countries and citizens of the world,how to vote this people and what merit,honestly I do not know,I think It up to the citizen to vote for somebody they feel it is the right person,to represent them,after this maybe you could help,any ideas how would you go from here?

Posted by: eva kulnura | January 13, 2007 01:34 AM

Hello everyone,
In Italy is well known fact that Unions are flourishing and mushrooming everywhere, every ten people there should be a specific Union.
Although questionable, is a way to aggregate people with the same Activity it seams.
Personally, nothing against Unions, I find it a little ridicule but it must serve a higher purpose, otherwise they would have disappeared I would think.
Now this Unions Modus Operandi is to protect the lowest class of workers, and therefore since this Class doesn’t appear to make many strides in the Italian Economy, leads me to ask myself “Are Union worth the effort”.
How come there are plenty of Unions for the lowest ranked workers in Italy and none for the Upper Class (CEO’s, Managers, and Politicians etc).
Like in many fields if you are borne in Italy, work in Italy; earn an income in Italy than you must belong to a Union!
It seams to me the workers have to strike and demonstrate for years to have the Contract renewed every so often, while for the above mentioned Government Workers there is no need of Contracts and negotiations, How come?
Maybe a Politicians Union is required, to keep their paycheck under control, their salary under review, their duties nad job performances up to par, their perks in check and their checking account perfectly legal.
Am I missing something or their Union is called Reference Parties?
Parties that is it, that is what they are Unions Incognito?

Posted by: Giacomo Chiametti | January 12, 2007 06:44 PM

Vote on merit? that sounds very interesting. Could you please expand on that? Who decides and how? and more importantly what's merit ? You certainly have to set targets and ways to asses wether these tatgets have benn met. Let us know......

Posted by: piero sanna | January 12, 2007 11:07 AM

I think the system everywhere is base on promises that very few politicians can deliver,how about vote on merit?!

Posted by: eva kulnura | January 11, 2007 10:28 PM

Hello and sorry I mistyped and forgot the K in “knew”

Posted by: Giacomo Chiametti | January 11, 2007 06:37 PM

Hello and although not needed Alitalia and Italy’s Brain Pinnacle has made the Wall Street Journal.
I am sure you were aware of this although our devoted politicians fail to mention that Alitalia is for sale because the EU has categorically forbidden the Government to further subsidize any Industrial Activity Managed by the Government.
We all new this correct?
Although never mentioned in any newspaper or Government publications.

Posted by: Giacomo Chiametti | January 11, 2007 06:35 PM

Hello and well, well, well maybe the writing on the wall is blinking by now, and so more people are starting to realize that Italian Political Establishment is far from functional.
The main issue seams to me, not the Laws and Regulations, but upstream of that, and specifically the Credibility of these Incompetent Buffoons Politicians.
On either side of the spectrum, during the election campaign, promises and rewards to the voters come a dime a dozen, although once in the seat Italy sees the results and support for the Government plummet.
Now how many more time should/will this happen, before the realization that this idiots unless they will be held accountable will keep feeding you b**l-s**t until hell freezes over or you will be broke whichever comes first and not in the listed order either.
Personal responsibility and accountability has to be the first rule of the game otherwise the game is over already.

Posted by: Giacomo Chiametti | January 11, 2007 03:40 PM

IHIHIHIH! you are right Eres unica!! we should definetely drink more wine(pochito pero a menudo)and change this shameful election law. I really want to be able to vote for the face, the credibility and more importantly the criminal record of whoever i might find fit for the job. Am I wrong ? Osasuna everyone!

Posted by: piero sanna | January 11, 2007 12:36 PM

By far a very difficult subject to comment on....
Italians have shown their disgust in several minor cases, for example when they voted for
Ciciolina (!!!).
The only way I find fusible to get the message through (with grave consequences of course for a time) would be to vote for completely irrelevant parties.
This way, hopefully the "big and mighty" will see that they are lost, no matter what they say or promise.
Maybe then,a change to the electorate sistema will be concidered,even a change of Constitutional Law....

Posted by: paola filinesi | January 11, 2007 11:49 AM

This is by far the number one problem with the Italian Political System. If you don't fix this one nothing can be fixed. Why was it allowed to last for so long? Because it's the closest thing to an oligarchy and it suits the ruling class very well. They are not going to change this moronic electoral law unless you force them to, with a massive campaign. Count me amongst the doubtful because these scoundrels live by the famous Italian motto "Li ho fregati!" and won't surrender power easily.

Posted by: Enrico Rossi | January 11, 2007 04:37 AM

Stop getting angry... Find some good Italian wine at:

A good chianti will do you good... but, keep the fight alive....

Posted by: Eres Unica | January 11, 2007 12:51 AM

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