V-day: Instructions

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V-day Instructions. I hope to do a better job than the leaflets that come with the white goods. They make me go mad. Usually I go home, use just 2 or 3 controls and then tear up the instruction leaflet ferociously but also joyously. Sometimes I even throw away the machine.
1. The aim of 8 September is to collect signatures for a popular law for a Clean Parliament.
2. The law sets out the non-electibility of convicts, a maximum of two terms of office and the direct election of each candidate.
3. The text of the draft popular law was presented to the Court of Cassation in July.
4. My lawyers have prepared the form to collect the signatures with a detailed explanation of the law.
5. Enough copies of the form have been prepared so that there’s space for 200,000 signatures.
6. The forms will be sent out to certain groups in the main cities (Bologna, Florence, Genoa, Milan, Naples, Rome, Turin, Modena, Catania, Palermo). These groups are called Meetups. Anyway each group can print them out and if necessary ask the staff for them.
7. Anyone wishing to sign or to support the initiative can get in touch with the Meetup in their city or check which is the nearest to where you live or start up your initiative if you let the staff know.
8. In the “signing area” on V-day, there’ll be these things:
- Form for collecting signatures (to be printed on “uso bollo” paper in blue Pantone(R) 305 uncoated)
- Text of the proposed law
- User Guide for all the regulations about collecting signatures
- Form requesting the use of public space for the signature tables
9. In the V-day area, material for distribution will be present for distribution in that city on 8 September. Other material will be published.
10. If the above points are not clear, or to get help, it’s possible to contact the staff by sending an email with subject: info V-day.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q. Why have I chosen not to do just a single demonstration in Rome, but in the whole of Italy?
A. V-Day is a virus. It has to get everywhere, not just one city.

Q. What will Grillo be doing on 8 September?
A. I’ll be in Bologna in Piazza Maggiore for a show/demonstration that will start in the afternoon.

Q. Why Bologna?
A. Because it’s easy to get there from all over Italy.

Q. Why not Rome?
A. I thought of that at the beginning but then they didn’t give me permission.

Q. Where will the signature tables be?
A. Usually in front of the Town Hall of each city.

Q. What do we have to do on V-day?
A. Collect signatures, make V-day news and news about the problems of your city. Ask artistes to participate. Get your bicycle. Be happy.

V-day
1 Participate in and support V-day
2 Put your photos on www.flickr.com with the tag: Vaffa-day
3 Put your videos on www.youtube.it with the tag Vaffa-day
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> ...do you live in Italy? or have you ever lived in Italy?

I have lived here for about eleven years, and visited it for year s before that. Is that sufficient? Or what is your magic number?

> ...do you really beleive that it is possible to compare these men and their particular situations to the Italian politicians in office today?

All people are equal before Italian law.

> why dont you come over to Italy and try to find a job...

I'm here and doing well - Thank you.

> You only have to see the news on TV ( well the ones that actually are not censored by the government that is ) to see the utter chaos that has become Italy.

I am somewhat of an expert on Italian media - Thank you again.

> Have you ever seen or heard Prodi speak?

Yes.

> And please do not keep going on about Va....FA being an offensive term, here again your ignorance shows, if you understood Italy and Italians you would know that it is very appropriate in this case.

If it is so acceptable, I extend to you and your mother a hearty 'Vaffunculo.'

Posted by: Lauchlin Murray | August 21, 2007 05:09 PM


A comment on Mr Murray's comments :

Mr Murray...................do you live in Italy???? or have you ever lived in Italy????
or perhaps you have only ever been to Italy on a holiday???

If one doesnt live in Italy there is no way that they can truly understand the political situation here, and the way that it affects the majority of the italian population.

By majority I mean the normal italian who works for a wage and not the rich who have or can buy special priveleges when it comes to having problems or legal issues resolved.

In one of oyur comments you mention Mandela, Gandhi etc.,............do you really beleive that it is possible to compare these men and their particular situations to the Italian politicians in office today????

Ha , it is obvious that you have absolutely no idea of what is going on here............why dont you come over to Italy and try to find a job......a house.......get decent medical treatment in a hospital.......or even something basic as getting documents organised, such as a passport etc., then you will know what a shambles it is here and who is to blame for that...........the politicians thats who, and why cant the people get rid of these politicians???? because they have created laws that protect and privelege themselves, giving themselves excessive pay rises while " doing the penshioner a big favour " by raising the basic pension by 30 euro a month, which is what the politicians spend at the bar each day having a coffee............that is if they were to even pay for their coffees, which I am sure they do not.

You only have to see the news on TV ( well the ones that actually are not censored by the government that is ) to see the utter chaos that has become Italy.

Listen to what the politicians say about the problems that they themselves have created and really have no intention of doing anything about, they just talk out of their a....!!!!

Have you ever seen or heard Prodi speak??? Does anyone including himself understand what he is saying???? and this is the person who is supposed to represent us at an international level !!!

Apart from the fact that most of the politicians are corrupt and shouldnt be in the positions that they are, only by changing the laws here is there any chance of getting rid of them and hopefully replacing them with people who will work for the people not themselves ( well we can always hope that one day it will be like this ).

The way that things are now, there is no chance that any of these corrupt or inefficient politicians will ever do anything for the country, they just re cycle themselves into new parties ( yes........Italy really needs another political party doesnt it ???)

Mr Grillo's methods may not be to everyones liking but at least he is making people aware of what is happening and what has happened to get to this stage, things that the politicians and their influence on most media try to keep hidden.

And please do not keep going on about Va....FA being an offensive term, here again your ignorance shows, if you understood Italy and Italians you would know that it is very appropriate in this case.

Posted by: Silvana Grillo | August 15, 2007 07:40 AM


Mr Murray,please do not insult Mr.Mandela and the like,putting them at the same level of Italian politicians,they are a different breed,ciao

Posted by: walby wal | August 13, 2007 01:37 AM


To: Lauchlin Murray, about a post on the August 10, 2007 03:46 PM

I clear to me that you have no idea what the Italian politician are all about.
Everybody in Italy that is involved in politic is a criminal, who more who
less they should be in jail and destroy the key.
Now if you don’t understand this is a waste time for you get a word about the
Italian life, its politic status and why things in Italy are complicate to solve for
the past 50 years.
By the way Nelson Mandela wasn’t a politician when they sent him in jail,
he was an activist.
Any honest person that try claim on the political scenario and try speak on the
interest of the poor Italian people is shoot or accused of corruption destroying
any future politic carrier.

What Beppe Grillo is doing: is make awareness of the shit that is going on in
the Italian politic life that ‘s all.
May one day somebody will do something about may not.

Ciaoooo.

Posted by: G. Toledo | August 12, 2007 12:08 PM


Mr. Murray
Everybody's comments are subject to discussion and I think that all concur to this, otherwise the blog wouldn't be public.
What I wanted to point out is the fact that you exposed a possible fault while not suggesting any solution.
More on, everybody can discuss everything that's put on the table because we (still) live in democracy.
Piero:
Everytime I read your stuff I shiver and I start to think that our system will soon crash but not burn.
Do you think that within 5 years we will witness a totally new shape of things?

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | August 11, 2007 07:09 PM


I have no idea why people are commenting on my comments - this service is for commenting on Beppe's blog! Anyhow, your comments make little if any sense to me. Nonetheless - I doubt you would go up to your mother, a priest, a police, your children; and say in Italain VAFFANCULO. Which in all of the translations I can find is a vulgar interjection used in the manner as might be the English FUCK-OFF (more literally, 'go do it up you ass'). You commenters have ignored my more important comments about denying access to office for anyone - and only prove my more subtle point, that who is to decide which words are 'vulgar' - 'racist' - 'sexist' - etc? Please comment on Beppe's blog and leave me out of your poorly reasoned comments. [BTW It's MURRAY.]

Posted by: Lauchlin Murray | August 10, 2007 08:52 PM


ahahahahahahahah Giovanni that was hilarious!!!!
I will treasure this expression of yours for long time to come.

By the way did you have a look at my presentation?

It would be nice if you could telle what you think of it.

Piero

Posted by: Piero Sanna | August 10, 2007 08:36 PM


Mr. Murray
You may be right but your observation lacks a good solution.
If you pardon my language, it's like being in a sea of shit where the only action is sorting out the turds based on size and weight.

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | August 10, 2007 06:39 PM


Mr. Murry, I don't think that the term Vaffa-day is such a vulgarity as you think. I live in the US and I occasionally discuss about the huge "vulgarity gap" between Italian and American. Things that in English are quite vulgar, are not so gross in Italian, and I think that vaffa is not such a bad word. In some places, e.g., Milan, we even use expressions standing for the female genitals instead of "wow". I think you cannot base your comments on these very weak arguments...

Posted by: Giuliano Casale | August 10, 2007 06:13 PM


Further - Beppe Grillo's Blog is a site promoting hyprocrisy and discrimination. It disallows “messages containing offensive or obscene language” – yet promotes a day called…well, titled by an Italian vulgarity. It is promoting a change to Italian law, which effects its Constitution, which in effect is saying ‘anyone convicted and who has served their sentence’ is incapable of serving their society, and are beyond redemption or rehabilitation. It promotes a change to state law, that would have denied Nelson Mandela the former President of South Africa, Václav Havel former President of Czechoslovakia and later the Czech Republic, Adolph Joffe a Russian Bolshevik politician, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and many others who were sentenced for crimes against their states, opportunities to change their states. Why all Myanmar has to do to keep Daw Aung San Suu Kyi out of office, is institute such a law, and move her from house arrest to prison. So go ahead – sign Beppe’s pieces of paper – as we know, it is paper that builds bridges and houses – and deny convicts hope of social integration – deny someone who might be the greatest political mind of all human history, access to power. Show your prejudice proudly. Tell the world that Italy would never permit a Mandela, Havel, Joffe or Ghandi on its electoral lists – let alone its soil. I suggest to you Beppe Grillo - that your blog in of itself promotes not only 'messages containing offensive or obscene language' but 'messages containing offensive or obscene ideas' as well.

Posted by: Lauchlin Murray | August 10, 2007 03:46 PM


hihihihi hello Mr Murray it looks like I'm not the only Grillo's critic after all. I agree with what you say 100%. By the way are you familiar with the monetary issues that me and Walby Wal were discussing in previous posts?

cheerio mate!

Posted by: Piero Sanna | August 10, 2007 01:54 PM


Nice! You're a genius for any Machiavellian state - all they have to do under such a law, is convict all of their enemies under trumped up charges (trust me, the innocent have been convicted before); thus, eliminating their enemies from election. You're a genius. Hardly a waste of energy! IF someone believed in Jesus - and he returned to Italy under this (malicious) proposed law - he could never hold office. I am so tired of your belly-aching. It's not cute. Stick to entertaining. You offer little if any sustainable solutions. Your cynicism is being sucked up and believed by the naiive, because of the 'leader vacuum' that already exists in this severely over-legislated state.

Posted by: Lauchlin Murray | August 10, 2007 11:39 AM


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