When I started this blog, the idea was to report news about Italian politics in English. At that time I found that although foreign press tended to be much more objective than the Italian’s, it couldn’t quite capture the true essence of our politics. For example, I don’t know any non-Italian person who doesn’t think that Berlusconi is
an idiot a highly corrupted politician, and yet in Italy he is still hated and loved in equal measure.
At that time, it also seemed much easier to understand what was good and what was bad, but after the elections the political situation in the country is much more blurred.
On one side Berlusconi and his centre-right coalition, on the other side the Democratic Party (PD) and centre-left coalition, and on neither side, but still at the centre of it all, Grillo and his 5 Stars Movement.
After a messy elections result, where no one obtained a strong majority, the Democratic Party was pretty much forced to form a coalition Government with the centre-right, after failed negotiations with Grillo.
I guess this is no much different from what happened in the UK with current coalition Government, and in my opinion it represents a good expression of democracy. As much as I hate to admit it, there were still over 10 million Italians that voted for Berlusconi, and this has to be acknowledged.
However, most Italians see this as a “dirty partnership” among the old political parties, who want to keep the power and cut out the new (Grillo and his movement).
What I think is that Grillo had the chance to stop all this, and by forming a coalition with the PD he would have had the opportunity to actively contribute to the reforms that are really needed (rather than keep wasting time on Berlusconi’s trials, which will jeopardise the relations inside the existing coalition).
The main problem is that Grillo never had a programme other than ‘destroy everything and rebuilt from scratch’ and therefore any alliance would have been seen by his supporters as a betrayal.
What scares me, is that most people don’t seem to realise the similarities between Grillo and Berlusconi. Berlusconi also rose to Italian politics with the intent to reform the old political elite, presenting himself as a self-made man, who could lead the country to prosperity in the same way that he had made his businesses successful.
Grillo and Berlusconi are both extremely charismatic leaders, their supporters become like followers of a guru, rather than active participants of the political life.
Both cases remind me of George Orwell’s Animal Farm.
This is an extremely complicated political situation and I really don’t think I have the ability to explain it, and probably even fully understand it, but for those who wish to understand more about what’s really going on in Italy I suggest this brilliant piece authored by the Wu Ming Foundation:
1 - Essere gay non è naturale. I veri italiani rifiutano ciò che è innaturale, come gli occhiali, le scarpe, il poliestere e l’aria condizionata.
2 - Il matrimonio gay spingerà le persone ad essere gay, allo stesso modo in cui vedere in giro persone alte fa diventare tutti alti.
3 - Legalizzare…
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London by Night
For those who are not familiar very familiar with the political situation in Italy at the moment, there’s a lot of talking about “digital democracy” advocated by the new party Movimento 5 Stelle, which is pretty much the second biggest party following the last elections. They think democracy should be open to digital conversation and the decisions made by politicians influenced by it.
Especially in Italy, with its ageing population and relatively small number of people engaging with social media, digital democracy would be fundamentally flawed, and frankly pretty scary.
Beppe Grillo, head of the Movimento 5 Stelle, has already turned into a digital dictator, calling the negative comments on his blog “digital shit” and using the positives as democracy only when they validate his own opinion.
Foto tratta da blogs.spectator.co.uk
A quanto pare non tutto il mondo è paese, ma ci sono Paesi e Paesi: Paesi in cui c’è la concreta volontà di provare a migliorare la qualità della vita di tutti e Paesi in cui a governare è una minoranza autoconservatrice, la quale, in modo più o meno…
Questi i numeri del programma M5S. Praticamente il costo delle promesse di Grillo valgono 96 miliardi ( N.B senza includere il famoso “reddito di cittadinanza” ) mentre tutti i tagli arriverebbero a 22 miliardi. Rimane un buco di 74 MILIARDI. Se questa non e` demagogia…
Seguite il servizio di Ballaro`…
Il vero discorso di Berlusconi, questo e’ veramente spettacolare!
Good Italy, Bad Italy, Girlfriend in a coma.
Voi che avete votato Grillo, leggetevi la Fattoria Degli Animali di George Orwell, e fra qualche anno ditemi se non vi ricorda i porci protagonisti del libro…