The little house in Canada

Villa di Arcore

Politics feeds on itself. On centres, lefts and rights. On new groups, new names. Fassino has talked about a house that is newer and more beautiful. Fassino has cried in Florence as Occhetto has in Bologna.
Berlinguer died in time to not have to cry as well. D’Alema, like Franti in the book Cuore, smiled instead. Berlusconi has been found triumphant.
He made a few brief notes. His participation in the Democratic Party is just 95%. A bit later, when he gets to 100%, he’ll merge it with Forza Italia.
After participating in Fiorello’s TV programme as a political walk-on Bertinotti has taken refuge on mount Athos in a prayer cell.
The Red Flag will triumph over him…

The little house in Canada (translated from B.Grillo)

When you see Fassin alone in the city
perhaps you’ll wonder where he’s wandering to
Alone, without an aim. Alone… but there’s a reason:
He had a little house in Canada (*)
with pardons, conflicts of interests and lots of intrigues there
and all the voters who passed by
said: “What a disaster the little house in Canada”!
But one day, out of spite, D’Alema burned it down
and the poor man was on foot without Unipol
”So what did he do?” you’ll all be asking.
But this is the surprise that the intercepted one will tell you:

He built another tiny little house in Canada (**)
once more with pardons, conflicts of interests and lots of intrigues there
and all the voters who passed by
said: “It’s still disgusting the little house in Canada”!

And loads and loads of houses he rebuilt but, however,
That psycho dwarf with the help of the moustached guy
set fire to all of them
You all know that!

He built another local prison house in Canada (***)
always with pardons, conflicts of interests and lots of intrigues there
and Berlusconi, Letta and Dell’Utri who passed by
said: “How beautiful is Our House in Canada”!

(*) PDS
(**) DS
(***) PD

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Prof.Joe S.Mill,
in the fifties Italians left Italy,without knowing and writing and reading any english,I can tell you they did very very well at least here in Australia,the same works today,if you have a skill and you are good at it,and there is demand,you do not need to speak any languages to make it,and like Dave said"where there is a will,there is a way",ciao

Posted by: evakulnura | April 26, 2007 09:32 AM

Hi Joe,

Good to read from you again! :)

I agree with you, that leaving is not easy and an unlikely prospect for most.

In my opinion, though, the saying is right: Where there´s a will, there´s a way. So, it worked out for me, at least.

By the way, it is also possible to go somewhere where they don´t speak your language and learn it. In some places it is not too expensive and the language may not be too hard. (Spanish, for example.)

Again, where there´s a will there´s a way :D

And if people thought of Italy´s future what I think is in store... they would definitely find a way!!

As for the elections: I was playing devil´s advocate. I think in principle, it would be better to choose the candidate.

In practice, I suspect it doesn´t make any difference. The parties will find some way to get whoever they want to be elected...

Besides, this blog shows how many absurd theories are firmly believed by so many. So many, whose vote is worth just as much as anybody else!

I think Italy has fallen behind so much that most citizens do not even have a basic understanding of what´s going on. Democracy rests on their decisions and their decisions are made about a context which they do not understand.

So... the debate about the methods for voting in Italy is, in my opinion, interesting on an intellectual level. And I am interested in reading your view on this.

On a practical level, I am pessimistic it would make a difference.

(Remember that, even if Italian voters were all Einsteins... the candidates would still be the same! So, no hope at all!!)

Joe, it´s been interesting exchanging opinions with and I hope you´ll actually stick around. Hey, why don´t you set up your own blog!? :) Have you thought of that?

Talk to you later. I´ll read your post about the elections. Have you made up your mind about a possible destination? :)

You don´t seem too enthusiastic about China... how come? :)


Posted by: Dave Matthews | April 26, 2007 01:49 AM


I think it´s too late to do anything--except packing and leaving. And even for that it´s a bit late already!

Posted by: Dave Matthews | April 25, 2007 08:22 PM

Hi Dave,
how are you getting on?

Yeah, you are absolutely right about the current Italian situation but....I remind you that working abroad requires at least 2 conditions to be met nowadays:

1)to be "single" without any children or wives at own expense...

2)to be fluent in English both in the written and spoken form, which as you should know is a skill met by a tiny weeny percentage of Italian people, as this blog clearly shows.

So leaving this country for good,as you suggest doing, is not just too late but pretty impossible at least for the vast majority of Italian people

With love
P r o f j O e

P.S. Tomorrow (maybe) just for once I'll tweak your ears over your (in my view groundless) remarks you made here a few days ago about the current ITALIAN LAW VOTING and the alleged future worldwide supremacy of CHINA economy...

After that I'll stop sending my messages here for good because frankly speaking I've got fed up of being CUT for no reasons every day by Mr Grillo's staff although there are just 5 people left here...

So,DAVE, let's stay tuned but if you are keen on reading my posts and wish to get in touch with me somehow(by email for instance), please don't hesitate to let me know it asap in order to find a way to keep in touch with each other outside this blog.... otherwise I can just tell you that it was a pleasure to meet you here wishing you all the best for your future (hope for you not in CHINA...)!!!

Posted by: Mr MATTHES' friend | April 26, 2007 12:27 AM

I think it´s too late to do anything--except packing and leaving. And even for that it´s a bit late already!

Posted by: Dave Matthews | April 25, 2007 08:22 PM

Hello there Miss Rotolo,
As a starter, I most definitely do not cheer for Mr. Berlusconi or Mr. Prodi, actually I despite all Italian Politicians (At least the currently active, which means all of them since they haven’t changed in the last 30 Years!)
I do admire your positive outlook, although I must say it sound like the half full glass theory (That by now should be ½ of 1 =1/2 and ½ of 1/2 = 1/4 !) but better than nothing.
In all honesty, these politicians are only struggling to find the right Philosophy that would justifies their existence.
These Idiots don’t have any solution for the problems Italy is in, their only solution is increases taxes, and plug as many holes as they possibly plug, with the money they collect.
Does Italy need a new Party made out of the same Idiots to do just that?
Politics incompetence is the root of the problem not the solution!
How many Politicians it takes to screw in a light bulb?
Usually three, if Italian at least five (One that makes the ddl, one that explains the ddl, one that implements the ddl, one screwing in the light bulb and the last one that assure the proper work is done and collect the cost of all the 4 idiots necessary to do the job) and with five (#5) highly skilled individuals I may add although with the Proliferation (At a reasonable cost) of Italian Doctorate Degrees and PHD’s, these individuals should be available on the open market (Unless nepotism and recommendation from above takes precedence!).
And last but not least I never worked and never will work for any Government in my life, even less for an Italian Agency!
This is only my opinion, your may differ and you can still hold your breath on it, while for me I rather breathe normally and not depend on these Idiot to survive!

Posted by: Giacomo Chiametti | April 25, 2007 02:47 PM

I listened to the 'congressi' on radio radicale -where i also heard beppe grillo at the assemblea telecom (grande grande grande) -I'm not so sure that this new democratic party will be such a 'disaster' - maybe, just maybe, if italia would coalesce her 1,000, 000 partititi & all her bandiere, beautiful though they may be blowing in the wind, she might finally DO something. Maybe include the young, the women, the disadvantaged, the 'foreigners', who, like it or not, will become part of your society, the America of the Old Europe. Instead of being so negative, why don't you try to get involved? Forget Silvio, he's jealous. He's also furbo. It's up to you to make the difference.

Posted by: carla Rotolo | April 25, 2007 12:59 AM

Hello there everyone
The only thing that comes across loud and clear is “Chaos” complete and unequivocally incomprehensible chaos.
More confusion they cause, more the electorate will think of them as the solution.
They purposely initiated the chaos, because with clear and simple choices they wouldn’t have a job.
Look around you every European Society is running toward a more clearly transparent society, less intrusive government, responsible business practices etc, while Italy exactly in the opposite direction.
One example, the Ferrari Company has sued two former employee for stolen software, the case has closed, the ex employee are in jail and all within 2 years, while the average Joe Blow case goes on for 11 years with uncertain results!
Italians should look at today situation as the biggest opportunity!
Now is the time for less Government and more private citizen!
You can replace inefficient and overburden Government everywhere!
Get these Idiots to Legislate only (If they do not send them home!), while for all the remaining implementation should be privatized (They have fucked up each and every field they possibly could) Autostrate and Transportation, Health (Privately run Hospitals are booming), Defense (It’s already private with contractors!) Government (It belongs to the Parties now that are exactly Private Organizations!).
They have it already figure it out, that is why now Alitalia is bankrupt and need to sell it with your loss of all the money poured in to build it, Telecom now belongs to Pirelli (They will sell it only if they will recoup their money not yours!)
Is back to the jungle law with the only difference that, they play the lion’s part, and you the sheep, get together and run them over.
Well this is my thought, for what is worth!
The chaos theory originated by looking at Italian Politics!

Posted by: Giacomo Chiametti | April 24, 2007 03:43 PM

Enrico Rossi, don´t worry.

I don´t think someone with a lot of money would go to Canada...

Posted by: S. Berlusconi | April 23, 2007 11:37 PM

Hello there,
As far as I concerned none of this Politicians make it past the 1st grade, whether Left or Right nobody as the guts, the inspiration or the ambition to actually do what the voters voted them to do in the first place.
Reality is if they would do their job in the first place, there would be no need for all this Party, or infighting for the leadership of anything.
Exactly for this reason (Absolute non responsibility!) they stump on each other to be leader of the Idiotic Bunch, they are well aware of low responsibility, high pay and in the end they have no consequences.
Send them home, no job, no pension, no golden parachute and not even the number for the unemployment line, don’t worry they stole in half money to assure themselves a cozy sunset, very probably for their posterity as well.

Posted by: Giacomo Chiametti | April 23, 2007 07:30 PM

I think that all these multiple parties are superflous.
After seeing all this money squandered with those idiots, at the next elections the only candidate fit for the future of Italy is Silvan.

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | April 23, 2007 06:23 PM

Hello there,
Now I don’t mean to get off into a rage here, although at some point I have to say that Italians get what they actually deserve.
Even with the benefit of any doubts, today Politicians are comparable LCM of any mathematical equation.
Not only the Government lasted 9 months, new Parties are born by aggregation because the current government will not last very long and therefore a new Electoral Law has to be shoved down the Citizen through and the same idiots re-elected (Because there are no new candidates, these idiots make up new parties with the same old incompetent people and approved the same management of the new party all within the group!)
Now Mr. Prodi (Under investigation for bribery, is feeling justice breathing down his neck!) will retire from Politics at the end of this Legislature (If the Government last until 2011, no way in hell!) while Mr. Berlusconi (Already burned as next Premier is thinking about giving up Politics as well and dedicate himself full time to business buying Telecom) will go off in the sunset with pockets full of Billions and Telecom as well so that no-one will complain about Conflict of Interest for his Businesses.
What more can I say, meanwhile Government expenditure is exceeding 50% of GDP (How can a Country tolerate that it’s mind bugling, with the services Italian get?) is like saying a 6.5 Trillion budget for the USA (Federal budget is just below 3 Trillion, approx. 23% of GDP).
The beauty of the matter is that in Italy all this incongruence’s makes no difference, although touch soccer or the latest TV’s bimbo and all the hell will break loose.
Rest my case .

Posted by: Giacomo Chiametti | April 23, 2007 04:41 PM

Hello there,
In order to simplify what Mr. Grillo is trying to say, the above list of Anachronisms it goes this way:
1) PDS (Partito Democratico Sinistra!)
2) DS (Democratici Sinistra!)
3) PD (Partito Democratico)
All in all is mambo-jumbo, reason being that the individuals (Professional Politician) going from one existing Party to the newly formed one (Thus Progression!) are exactly the same, absolutely nothing changes.
This is the typical Italian way, due mostly to the failures of the pre-existing Party to live up electoral promises, therefore disenchantment of the people that elected them in the first place.
So what do these seasoned Professional do, put a whole bunch of adjectives in front of the newly formed Party (Just like in Commercials, New, Improved, Strong, Progressive, New formula etc!) and the marry go around for votes starts all over again.
It seams Idiotic to me, although I must say in Italy this is a proven formulas and it has been applied over and over for at least 20-30 years.
The proof is in the pudding, just look at the number of Parties, the latest is up to 26, now with this combination and some separation looks like it will be 27 (Rule number one of aggregation is, the sum of the Assembly can’t be less than the sum of sub-assembly plus 1 at least!).
It’s irrational although until they make the rules, these Politicians follow the Survivor theory, and since Politics support more than 50% of Italian Citizens, in half said.
This is my explanation.
While the picture of Mr. Berlusconi’s house is posted to reppresnt that the left side of Parliament now has a new Big House (At Par if not better than the Right side of Parliament, House represent the new party!)
Thanks for the support of these Idiotic Bunch

Posted by: Giacomo Chiametti | April 23, 2007 03:40 PM

All I can say is that I don't want him in Canada! Keep him in the Bel Paese please.....

Posted by: Enrico Rossi | April 23, 2007 12:47 PM


It doesn´t make any sense. Italians do not understand it either.

Only, they will never admit it!


Posted by: Dave Matthews | April 23, 2007 12:42 PM

Can someone shed light on all these references please? I've looked through the comments to the Italian post, but I haven't understood much more.

There's reference to a house in Canada and yet the photo is of Berlusconi's house in Arcore, Italy. Is it a matter of rhyming slang?



Posted by: Elizabeth Birks | April 23, 2007 10:32 AM

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