UDEUR arrested!


I’m publishing this letter that I’ve received from Marco Travaglio:

Dear Beppe,
We are all dismayed and bowled over, because of what has happened to the so-called Minister of Justice Clemente Mastella and to his numerous family members. As well as to his party, that really is the same thing.
We are dismayed, bowled over, but above all we can’t believe the terrible stuff that is happening to so many wonderful people. In fact, apart from Signora Sandra, president of the regional council in Campania, her son's father-in-law Carlo Camilleri, former provincial secretary of the UDEUR, the Udeur regional cabinet members for Campania, Luigi Nocera (Environment) and Andrea Abbamonte (Human Resources); the Udeur mayor of Benevento, Fausto Pepe, and the Udeur leader in the Region, Fernando Errico, and the Udeur regional councillor Nicola Ferraro as well as a further 20 administrators of the Udeur. Practically, they have arrested the Udeur (a month ago the only Udeur Under Secretary, Marco Verzaschi ended up in house arrest for the ASL scandal in Rome, while another regional councillor in Campania, Angelo Brancaccio, landed up in prison before the summer when he was still in the DS. But as soon as he got out of prison he got into the Udeur on penal merit).
Mastella, who is still a free man, is under investigation in Catanzaro for the "Why Not" investigation that was set in motion by Luigi De Magistris and then snatched away by the general procurator as soon as it reached Mastella, who meanwhile, not only failed to resign, but asked the CSM to remove De Magistris from his path. However, Mastella resigned today, but only for a few minutes: then Prodi rejected his resignation, leaving him in his post – that is – incredible as it seems – still MINISTER OF JUSTICE.
However, his wife, has not resigned (in Naples, these days, there’s even the risk that a resignation of a politician will be accepted): so, I seem to understand, she will direct the Regional Council from home, that is from her lounge in the Ceppaloni villa.
At the moment, no one knows anything about the accusations laid against her and the other 29 who have been arrested. But the whole Parliament – with I gather, the exception of Di Pietro and the Italian Communists – has closed ranks around their man that is the most representative, giving him tumultuous applause and a standing ovation while he was insulting judges with subversive words, which even to Craxi would have seemed excessive, but not to Berlusconi. So basically, the Caste (ever more similar to a cosca) has decided that the accusations – (that no one knows what they are)– are without foundation and those who have been arrested are all innocent. To start with. A white coup. No a black one. A very black one on live TV.
Apart from Alfredo Mantovano of AN, no one asked how the Minister of Justice came to know that his wife was to be arrested and to present himself half way through the morning with a great written speech, even with citations of Fedro. Basically, how is it that the arrests are announced hours before they are executed?
And why were those arrested not taken at dawn to prevent the risk of someone fleeing? Even this time, the leaking of information has been useful to those under investigation and not to the magistrates. And naturally to the so called Minister.
The vice-president of the CSM, Nicola Mancino, rather than open a file to protect the judges attacked by the Minister, has immediately assured “human solidarity” to the Minister and to his loved ones (do we have to stand prepared for the transfer of Santa Maria Capua Vetere’s prosecutors and the GIP, in the wake of what is happening to De Magistris e Forleo?). The ambidextrous senator Lamberto Dini has taken the occasion to denounce a “disturbing fact when the magistrates have it in for our wives” (his, Donatella, having got bankrupt with some of her companies, was in fact sentenced to 2 and a half years for fraudulent bankruptcy, though the punishment got completely pardoned thanks to Mastella). Basically it is the umpteenth attack on the values of the traditional family based on marriage: after parliamentary immunity, we need a lovely relationship immunity.
As was observed by the signora Sandra Lonardo in Mastella from house arrest: “this is the bitter price that, together with my husband, we are paying for the defence of Catholic values in politics, from the principles of moderation and tolerance against every form of fanaticism and extremism”. What are they waiting for to invite her to talk at the Sapienza University?” Marco Travaglio

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To Andrea B.
I too sent several messages to the staff that writes this blog mentioning to them that the english version is full of sytnax, spelling and grammar errors. No reply to date.

Posted by: Dea E. | January 20, 2008 07:53 AM

The thing that blows me away about the "Mastella's happening" is not so much that an Italian politician is in deep shit (what else is new?)but Mastella's amazing performance in protraying himself as the victim. I was once told that politicians should all receive an Oscar. Well, watching Mastella lash out at the judges, listening to his speech (polished by a life spent in choosing the right words) projecting himself as a persecuted wretched soul yet, honourable enough to choose his family over "power" was to watch Sir Lawrence Olivier at his best. And the other thing that blew me away was the grave, concerned look of his colleagues' faces fearing whether some day they were going to end up like Clemente. And finally, surrounded by reporters, I saw Berlusconi like I've never seen before: not a tooth showing. He looked as if he had been following a funeral for days and now, it seemed, the grieving mask was stuck to his face. Commedia All'Italiana at its best.

Posted by: Louis Pacella | January 19, 2008 02:29 AM

There is no need for a coup d'etat. All they have to do is put Forleo and De Magistris back where they belong as Magistrates. Then, all we have to do is sit back and watch the fireworks!

Posted by: Adri Mian | January 18, 2008 07:39 AM

my proposal: Antonio Di Pietro Justice Minister and Head of the Magistracy Supreme Council (CSM), Marco Travaglio Head of the Press Office and External Relations, Michele Santoro President of RAI TV, Beppe Grillo Prime Minister of the 3rd Republic with full powers at the same level of Hugo Chavez, that would be a nice coup d'etat, wouldn't you agree?

Posted by: Stephen Salt | January 17, 2008 05:47 PM

proposta: Di Pietro Ministro della Giustizia e capo del CSM, Travaglio Capo Ufficio Stampa della III Repubblica, Santoro Presidente della RAI, Grillo Presidente del Consiglio con larghi poteri alla Hugo Chavez, sarebbe un bel coup d'etat, no?

Posted by: Stephen Salt | January 17, 2008 05:41 PM

proposta: Di Pietro Ministro della Giustizia e capo del CSM, Travaglio Capo Ufficio Stampa della III Repubblica, Santoro Presidente della RAI, Grillo Presidente del Consiglio con larghi poteri alla Hugo Chavez, sarebbe un bel coup d'etat, no?

Posted by: stephensalt | January 17, 2008 05:40 PM

Bassolino made the history of Naples and its region, Campania, in the last 15 years. If something has not been working over there, maybe he should consider the possibility to follow the minister of justice and just go home.

Posted by: Alessandro Patti | January 17, 2008 02:48 PM

I'd like to remember that, while Bassolino is now considered a victim of te evil Mastella, we are still dying under the tragically increasing rubbish. As always they managed to capture people's gaze on something else.

We should eliminate Mastella "AND" Bassolino
not Mastella "OR" Bassolino


I would also like to invite people to think about the situation of the Pope, who feels so hurted for beeing excluded by La Sapienza university academic year openings. Just remember that the "Pope", some days before, openly rejected Dalai Lama, denying him to talk with him in San Pietro.
It would be nice to organize a public meeting where Pope and Dalai Lama could talk side by side in front of everyone...

Posted by: Federico Vastarini | January 17, 2008 02:42 PM

To: Andrea B.

Save your breath. I think someone on Mr. Grillo's staff must have a friend or relative who thinks he/she is a translator.

I sent the same message to the blog two months ago and was told the translator was a native speaker ...

Just as well the Italian language on this blog is, generally speaking, grammatically correct and thank goodness I am bilingual.

Posted by: Adri Mian | January 17, 2008 02:28 PM

I found the following link very intruiging..
Don't quite think that corruption is the core issue, it works very well in Northern Europe, i just think it's the genetic degeneration that causes the Mediterranean "old boys network" to be so dreadfully stupid and short sighted. In some countries being smart means having a lot of intelligence, in some it means being wise, in some it means being cunning like a weasel. Machiavelli wasn't Danish...
Really, i don't mind the excessive corruption, but please no more of these mediocre idiots i have to deal with in my line of work, whose only merit consists of squeezing out the pay rate of the people that do the actual work.
Please change...

Posted by: mani pulite | January 17, 2008 02:25 PM

The situation in Italy is indeed difficult and the political class does not make nothing in order to improve it... indeed they are the same politicians to contribute to the material and moral degradation of the Country

Posted by: Gabriele Bernabini | January 17, 2008 01:18 PM

Chi è l'incapace senza grammatica, sintassi o conoscenza dell'uso della virgola in inglese che ha tradotto l'articolo?

Il Sig. Grillo mi contatti che i post glieli traduco io, in una lingua che assomigli di più all'inglese.

Posted by: Andrea B | January 17, 2008 01:16 PM

I don't know if I should be more surprised for a minister of justice having problems with the justice, or to know that all his family have a role in his party and now are under investigation too.

Maybe, I should not be surprised at all. Why? Because a significant percentage of the Italian parliament is under investigation... so, one more does not make that difference. OK, it's the minister of justice... and? This really makes the story more original!
Locating relatives into strategic places or giving them a job which many others cannot get never ever, is also a national sport.

It's a typical Italian story which could hardly happen in other countries.

It's time for these anti-politicians to go home and let the people make an other parliament, with new and much more strict rules.

Posted by: Alessandro Patti | January 17, 2008 10:46 AM

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