Happy Christmas Franco Bernabč!

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Franco Bernabč has replied to me and I thank him for this. His letter is a photo of the weak thought of Italian management. A way of thinking that has dragged the country into a recession that has the outline of a catastrophe. Dear Bernabč, it’s not necessary to have your ability and your salary to sack 9,000 people (for now) and increase the fixed line rental because “companies don’t live on air and promises”. My son Ciro who goes to the Elementary School would be capable of doing the same. You say that the problems of Telecom are the result of what happened ten years ago with the handover on the basis of debts. And this is true. But there are no names. No manager is naming names, not even yourself. It was Massimo D'Alema, the President of the Council at that time that destroyed Telecom and handed it over to the ragged-arsed capitalists, Colaninno and Gnutti. Tronchetti finished off the job.
In your letter you say that “for the rest, I’ll leave that to the magistracy” perhaps alluding to the illegitimate use of Telecom resources for the biggest spying operation of the Republic. The Magistracy will do its work, but you have to do your job as CEO. Tronchetti and Buora are responsible. They were Chairman and CEO respectively. Tavaroli was accountable to them. The damage caused to Telecom in terms of finance and of image and the damage to its shareholders, and above all the small shareholders, is your precise responsibility.
We are the only nation in the world in which the number of families with access to the Internet has gone down. There are thousands of towns without Broadband and you are talking to me about PCs. In certain parts of Italy you cannot even get a mobile phone connection. Finally I don’t think that there can be development and a free market without, (using your words): “access for the other operators in terms of equality of conditions and treatment”. Those who operate services need to be separated from those who manage the network.
Dear Bernabč, you are not reticent, you are much more, you are part of the system and you have a family to look after. Anyway you are better than Tronchetti and Colaninno, but, you will agree, that’s not hard. I’ll see you at the shareholders meeting. Greeting to you and to Napoletone. Beppe Grillo.

Dear Grillo,
Not only will I not be reticent to respond to you at the shareholders meeting , but I will reply straight away, taking advantage of the means of communication and the hospitality of your Blog. You are right on many points. When you say that we are behind in getting information technology into the country, into the public administration, to the citizens, and when you say that the development of Italy also depends on the proper management of the main connectivity of the country that is provided by Telecom Italia. As regards the problems of Telecom, they are the result of what happened ten years ago, and perhaps you too remember that I was in the same position of responsibility as I find myself right now and that I tried to defend with all my strength and with all the strength of the company the “takeover by means of debts” that then undermined the potential for income, development and economic outlook. Without the takeover by means of debts, it’s possible that right now the country would be better equipped in terms of infrastructure, less divided culturally and in terms of the distribution of opportunity. Italy has always had the best results and the positions of importance in the telecommunications sector internationally, from the invention of the telephone to the development of mobile phones as a modern and personal tool for everyone, just to mention the things that are most well known to the general public right up to the use of fibre optics. You are wrong on a few things. We are strongly convinced that it is necessary to give an impulse to the development of informatics in public and in private lives. But it’s not our job to sell computers, and the connection that is available today with ample availability of band width covers 96% of citizens and all the companies and public authorities. We have even started to favour the use of PCs, but I repeat, it is not our job and others should be taking advantage of this vast potential market, that sees the public sector as the top one.

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For the rest, I’ll leave that to the magistracy, for the part under their jurisdiction, and to the shareholders, who are also supporting this effort even though it means they have to make sacrifices. Thus I am sorry to delude you. I am not selling to anyone, and above all I want to retire to Vipiteno, or even somewhere else if you will allow me, only when I have finished my wok. And certainly not at the forthcoming shareholders meeting in April, where I look forward to having the pleasure of seeing you.” Franco Bernabč

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Dear Beppe,
thank you for your all your figths. Because you figth for us and our children. You are a modern Don Quichote... and we need people like you to keep hoping that the system can change. The problem today (not only in Italy but also in many countries in Europe and in the world) is that the system is made to allow irresponsible or corrupt politicians, CEO's, bankers, speculators ... to rule the world and the law as it is written and applied today is too often on their side... They call this "democracy". when this word has become meaningless. When the simple citizens are not heard, not consulted, not even considered, but they pay the hard price for the crazyness and greed of these 'people'. Often we do not even know who they are and what exactly they did or are doing. Anyway they refuse responsability. This is worrying. People should wake up and ask loudly for a dramatic change in the system. We must given a meaning to democracy.

Posted by: Pietro | December 25, 2008 05:23 PM


Dear Beppe,
thank you for your all your figths. Because you figth for us and our children. You are a modern Don Quichote... and we need people like you to keep hoping that the system can change. The problem today (not only in Italy but also in many countries in Europe and in the world) is that the system is made to allow irresponsible or corrupt politicians, CEO's, bankers, speculators ... to rule the world and the law as it is written and applied today is too often on their side... They call this "democracy". when this word has become meaningless. When the simple citizens are not heard, not consulted, not even considered, but they pay the hard price for the crazyness and greed of these 'people'. Often we do not even know who they are and what exactly they did or are doing. Anyway they refuse responsability. This is worrying. People should wake up and ask loudly for a dramatic change in the system. We must given a meaning to democracy.

Posted by: Pietro | December 25, 2008 05:22 PM


Dear Beppe,

In case you and your staff are not aware, there is a very active Internet-based movement in Australia, the aim of which is to (so to speak) "keep the bastards honest" (the Government). If one considers that Australia's population is just over 21.5 million, having 300,000 members signed up to the site below makes it the largest political movement in the nation. One could say that it is successful, don't you think.

https://www.getup.org.au/

FYO Getup's current campaign is in relation to climate change.

Here is their latest newsletter:

"This week our movement reached a milestone. We hit 300,000 members!


You are part of the largest political movement in the nation - with more members than all political parties in the country combined. Your actions and contributions are not only making real advances on a range of important issues, they are also reshaping the way we conceive of democratic participation in Australia.

So we just wanted to end the year by saying: thank you!

Just last night the news lead with the story of another campaign victory - reform of our anti-terror laws and agencies including the complete removal of unjust sedition laws. From outlining your vision for the new Parliament and adorning its lawn with candles for the Apology at the start of the year, to finally winning rights for same-s-x couples and broadcasting a headline-grabbing climate TV ad to end it, 2008 has been full of victories for progressive Australians.

And 2009? We know that governments, however well-intentioned, will only soar as high as you and I demand. Luckily, we have the community, the tools, the desire and the energy to work together and do just that. We can't wait to work with you in the new year.

Whether you are new to GetUp or have been with us on this journey a long time, thanks for making it happen. You have created a movement the likes of which this country has never seen, and we thought you might like to take a moment to reflect on some of the achievements we've won together:

www.getup.org.au/campaign/ThankYou

See you in 2009!

Wishing you a very happy new year,
- The GetUp team

PS - Together we've raised over $180,000 for our new climate change advertisement in less than a week! Your incredible response has allowed us to purchase national coverage during the Boxing Day Cricket Test. Our ad will show on day three of the Test - Sunday December 28, between 1pm and 6pm - but if you can't wait until then, check it out here.

GetUp is an independent, not-for-profit community campaigning group. We use new technology to empower Australians to have their say on important national issues. We receive no political party or government funding, and every campaign we run is entirely supported by voluntary donations. If you'd like to contribute to help fund GetUp's work, please donate now! If you have trouble with any links in this email, please go directly to www.getup.org.au. To unsubscribe from GetUp, please click here.


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