An interesting blog from 5-Star Movement’s (M5S) head Beppo Grillo. He has been convicted himself so can’t run for parliament but he gels with many Italians for his insults and barbs of incumbent politicians. To understand the M5S is to know that none if its members can be current/former career politicians. This blog sort of speaks volumes as to why the NO vote won today. They are currently 28% of the national vote and likely to be higher after Renzi’s resignation.
It is not hard to work out why Italian’s rejected the status quo, especially in the south which I wrote earlier was responsible for the highest referendum rejection levels throughout Italy. As Grillo writes,
“Sicily is on the verge of being without water. A state of emergency has been declared in Messina. 259,000 people are without running water. In Gela, they just get water once a week. In Agrigento the provision of water has been suspended because of the presence of bacteria.
Water in Sicily is managed (if you can say it’s managed at all) by a private firm (Siciliacque, 59.6% of which is owned by the French firm, Veolia) to whom Cuffaro gave the job of managing it for 40 years. The wishes of the citizens expressed in a referendum on the management of water, were completely ignored. There was a similar situation in Campania, where nine towns were without water yesterday. We have to return to the public management of water. The leaking network needs to be brought back to a good state with investment from the public purse and the risk of hydrological disturbances has to be eliminated as these disturbances are destroying the reservoirs. This is what Italy needs, but instead we are now being taken for a ride with the umpteenth announcement from someone who seems less like a statesman and more like the comic character lngegner Cane from the Gialappas, talking about the construction of the bridge over the Straits of Messina.
A mammoth task that will never see the light of day. It has already cost the tax payer about 600 million euro and 3 years ago the Monto government allocated 300 million for the payment of penalties if the project is NOT completed. According to the economic plan approved by the Board of Directors of the company called Stretto di Messina Spa on 29 July 2011, the overall cost of the project was to be 8.5 billion euro, which is half what’s needed for the Citizens’ Income with which the M5S will save 10 million Italians from hunger and unemployment. Up until now, a bridge measuring 3,000 metres with an aerodynamic profile has never been built. There’s no certainty that it will stay standing and especially in a zone that has a high seismic risk (do you remember the Messina earthquake?) and really strong currents. The news about the construction of the bridge is just a way of taking us for a ride. It’s useful to the PD to have something to talk about on a talk show and to cover up its every day failures. It’s useful to the mafia to open up construction sites that will never get closed down and that will cost a further hundreds of millions to the citizens who are now experiencing thirst.”
He followed up this blog which threw stones at convicted politicians still siphoning off the public purse.
Clean up Parliament!
We’ve had enough! Clean up Parliament!
Members of Parliament cannot represent citizens if they’ve been convicted by the courts.
And if the law allows it, the law needs to be changed.
The thousands of citizens that subscribed to Beppe Grillo’s appeal on his blog http://www.beppegrillo.it and ask that those convicted of a crime should not represent citizens in any Parliament any more, starting from the European Parliament.
It’s profoundly immoral that they are allowed to represent us.
Below is the list of names of Italian representatives in the Italian and European Parliaments that have been convicted of a crime:
Berruti Massimo Maria (Member of Parliament Forza Italia)
Biondi Alfredo (Member of Parliament Forza Italia)
The guilty sentence that was given by the Genoa court to Alfredo Biondi was taken away on 28 September 2001 because the crime was abrogated.
Bonsignore Vito (Udc – Member of European Parliament)
Borghezio Mario (Lega Nord – Member of European Parliament)
Bossi Umberto (Lega Nord – Member of European Parliament)
Cantoni Giampiero (Member of Parliament Forza Italia)
Carra Enzo (Member of Parliament Ulivo)
Cirino Pomicino Paolo (Member of Parliament Democrazia Cristiana – Partito Socialista)
De Angelis Marcello (Member of Parliament Alleanza Nazionale)
D’Elia Sergio (Member of Parliament Rosa nel Pugno)
Dell’Utri Marcello (Member of Parliament Forza Italia)
Del Pennino Antonio (Member of Parliament Forza Italia)
De Michelis Gianni (Nuovo Psi – Member of European Parliament)
Farina Daniele (Member of Parliament Rosa nel PRC)
Jannuzzi Lino (Member of Parliament Forza Italia)
La Malfa Giorgio (Member of Parliament mixed group)
Maroni Roberto (Member of Parliament Lega Nord)
Mauro Giovanni (Member of Parliament Forza Italia)
Nania Domenico (An)
Patriciello Aldo (Member of Parliament Udc)
Sterpa Egidio (Member of Parliament Forza Italia)
Tomassini Antonio (Member of Parliament Forza Italia)
Visco Vincenzo (Member of Parliament Ulivo)
Vito Alfredo (Member of Parliament Forza Italia)
Previti Cesare (FI)
To read the charges See below:
Three new entries in Clean Up Parliament. I know. I know. I’ve cottoned on late. A few of you have already given me the information. But it’s difficult to stay on top of all this coming and going of convicts in Parliament. Now we’ve arrived at twenty. The judicial route to politics. That’s what we’ve got to. To delinquents who make laws after having violated them. Well then, I’m saying this softly softly to these twenty people: GETOUTOFOURHAIR!
If they want to make a new life for themselves, let them do it with discretion, far away from the media. No one will say anything to them. There are so many other activities other than representing the citizens. Listen to D’Elia in the evening News programme “redeemed and in Parliament”. This isn’t democracy. It’s being taken for a ride. And the same is true for the other 19. The crimes are not all the same. But anyone who has been convicted should have the honesty to do something else, to go somewhere else. Not to sit in Parliament and make the citizens give them a living. To end up, here are the new convicts:
– Borghezio Mario (euro parliamentarian Lega Nord): convicted of setting fire with aggravating circumstances as an act of discrimination for having set fire to mattresses of some immigrants from outside Europe who were sleeping under a bridge in Turin. He was sentenced to 2 months and 20 days in prison but this was changed to a fine of 3,040 Euro.
– De Angelis Marcello (senator AN): convicted and sentenced to 5 years in prison for being in an armed band and for subversive association as an important member of the neofascist group, Terza Posizione.
– D’Elia Sergio (member of the Lower House, Rosa nel Pugno): convicted and sentenced to 25 years for being in an armed band and for collaborating in homicide. He was a leader of Prima Linea and participated in the planning of the assault on the Florentine prison delle Murate. On 20 January 1978, it was attacked and one of the prison officers, Fausto Dionisi, was killed. As soon as he was elected as a member of the Lower House, he was nominated by the Unione as Secretary of the Lower House.
It is so easy to see Beppo Grillo’s appeal to the Italians. M5S is pointing out the obvious blindness displayed by the incumbent politicians and his broom across the Italian flag shows exactly why the EU should be worried. The Italians care less and less about the Eurozone. They are next in line to be treated like the Greeks. If Mr Schauble gets his wish for the Greeks to leave the Eurozone then don’t expect the Italians to pick up the mantra as whipping boy of the EU. They’ll happily express vafunculo and I word of warning to the EU – they’ll mean every bit of it.