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THE CASTES

Published January 24, 2014 by Tony

 – THE TRUE POWER IN ITALY –

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I can not know what lies behind the politics and leadership in other nations, and being Italian I can only talk about Italy, though what I say also may be true for other states.
Italy is a democratic republic or so it is written and should be in practice, but alas, considered what really happens, often it does not.
Although apparently it doesn’t seem so, Italy is only influenced and managed by a few thousand people. People belonging to some castes which over the years have gained power, acting in the shadows.
Although apparently it seems that public power is exercised by the political parties and their leaders, by government and its ministers, the power is actually driven, in a subtle and indirect way, by a super caste. Castes or lobbies composed of Directors-General of the Ministries, presidents and directors of government departments and parastatals, members of authority, and of large economic societies. Over the years some castes are formed, such as judges’ , physicians’, or representatives of big Industrial associations (Confindustria), whose leaders are able to influence political decisions without exposing themselves in the first person. So in Italy, the real power lies in the hands of these people, who of course pull water to their mills, uncaring of Italy and Italian people’s destiny. They are the true all-rounder of the specific activity of the government, untouchable, those who decide whether a law should pass or in what manner it must be varied, those who give strategic guidelines, who decide on major contracts, who are able to block the initiatives of any power or to choose a leader who must occupy a significant seat. This super caste is cohesive and interactive, differently from Italian politicians who are not and that, on the contrary, are afraid and become like puppets. These castes are the real masters of Italian politics that operate confidentially. Anyone else, from workers to retirees, from dealers to small businesses, do not have a voice and their protests or claims leave the time they are found.
The absurdity is that many Italian folks still believe that something can be accomplished going to vote for changing the government.

ELECTIONS 2013

Published February 24, 2013 by Tony

Was to be expected that in this Election there would be less turnout, and this absence may be regarded as a protest vote. Aside from Milan, where there was a turnout higher than that recorded during the 2008 election, in almost every city, at least until early afternoon, less people went to the ballot box. The largest decrease was recorded in Campania, where the turnout has fallen by 4 percentage points, from 14.84 in 2008 all’10, 80 today. Two points instead in Trentino Alto Adige (16.46 versus 18.37), Emilia Romagna (20.40 at 22:46) and south to Puglia to 11, 62% (was 13.21 in 2008), Basilicata to 9.71% (it was 11, 53%) and Calabria to 7.96% (compared to 10.26).
Among the various episodes that occurred at polling stations, the one that has done more headlines is the presence of some women this morning in Milan, who have waited for the arrival of Berlusconi and then undressed and protested. When the “Cavaliere” came inside the polling station to vote, the three girls are put ​bare breasts and began to shout “Enough Berlusconi, enough Berlusconi,” the same sentence they had written on their chest, and then asking Italians to “not to vote for someone who should be in prison.” The police struggled to stop and drag them away. It was later learned that they are called Inna Shevchenko, Oksana Shachko and Elvire duvelle-Charles, and activists of the Ukrainian group Femen.
Today Italians can vote up at 22, while tomorrow until 15.
We update tomorrow to know the outcome of these 2013 Italian Elections.

2013 ITALIAN ELECTIONS

Published February 16, 2013 by Tony

POLITICAL CHAOS
Who do we vote?

Electoral symbols


Apart from the current “Festival of Italian Song”, which ends tonight, the Italian media will have a lot to do this month, with the upcoming political elections and the election of the new pope, Ratzinger’s successor.
On 24 and 25 February Italians are called to vote for the renewal of the House and Senate.
Thirteen months ago, after the previous government, with Berlusconi as prime minister, had been dissolved, the Professor Mario Monti was brought on as prime minister for an interim “technocratic” government. Monti had to guide and trying to save Italy from European debt crisis and then resign after that the 2013 Italian budget law had been approved.
Although Monti had said in the past that, not being a politician, would retire at the end of his mandate, then on the contrary, has created his own political party and now is a candidate for prime minister in this next election campaign. In fact, he presented the name of his new movement, “Scelta Civica“, with a logo that virtually is a blank space occupied by his last name written in large letters. His return to Palazzo Chigi is backed by the centrist coalition UDC (Unione Democratica di Centro, by premier candidate Pierferdinando Casini), by FLI (Futuro e Libertà, by Giancarlo Fini), from Pli (Partito Liberale Italiano, by Stefano de Luca) and by the political movement “ItaliaFutura” sponsored by Luca Cordero di Montezemolo.
The same was the case with Berlusconi that, despite leader of his party (PdL, Popolo della Libertà), had decided not to run. Then about a month ago, to the astonishment of all, he announced his candidacy. To the uninitiated, this party can be considered a party of center-right. Some historian representatives of Berlusconi’s training (PdL) have come out of the shadows of the former Prime Minister, while leaning his race, as Giorgia Meloni and Ignazio La Russa, who founded the new party “Fratelli d’Italia“. Alongside Berlusconi, the “Grande Sud” by Gianfranco Micciche and with Marcello Dell’Utri, and the party “Alleanza di Centro” by Francesco Pionati, confirm their presence. And recent is the news that the party of right “LEGA NORD” led by Robero Maroni and Giulio Tremonti, despite his previous break with the PdL, has again close alliance with Berlusconi.

And as always, in the last days, the fear of not having enough votes and consents to get some seat in the House (by a minimum threshold of 8%), brings different (weird!) alliances between the various political parties. Weird alliances because among the various political leaders and their “electoral programs” there are well-known conflicts and disagreements. Everyone speaks evil of another, in an endless carousel, sometimes grotesque. Less than 10 days before the election and yet so much confusion, too much, certainly not as much as in the past and so close to the elections. A policy framework which seems chaotic and that confuses even more the electorate.
The first, in chronological order, to have confirmed his run to the premiership was Pier Luigi Bersani, secretary of the party PD (Partito Democratico). A party that could be politically in the center, and that has allied himself with the party “Sinistra Ecologia e Libertà” by Nichi Vendola (who had supported enthusiastically Bersani in the runoff election against Matteo Renzi), and with “PSI” (Partito Socialista italiano by Riccardo Nencini), and “Centro Democratico” (formerly API- Alleaza per l’Italia by Rutelli, and with some deserters of IDV, Partito dei Valori by Antonio Di Pietro).
Returning from exciting electoral results – like the victory in the municipal Parma or the good result to the Sicilian regional, the movement “Movement 5 Stelle” headed by ex-comedian Beppe Grillo, is hoping to get a lot of votes from distrustful and hesitant people, the protest votes.
The leader of the new critic party “Revoluzione Civile” by Antonio Ingroia, winks at Beppe Grillo and Bersani (Pd).

These are the main fronts, which likely will share almost all of the votes. Then there is an understory of parties and lists, and among these, the movement “FARE” led by economist Oscar Giannino, liberal area, but is adverse both to the Berlusconi’s team that to the government’s fiscal rigidity of Monti. Then, “Unione Popolare“, the movement that has stood for a few battles by referendum, with Maria Di Prato as a candidate for prime minister, who says available to dialogue with other forces, provided that they are alternative to  Monti’s policies.

What a mess!

People are hesitant, afraid to give still credit to politicians who led Italy to ruin, or to others that promise but which do not, to political figures of the last hour, unreliable or unprepared. By now, is a common thought that all politicians do this work not for love of country and its well-being, but for their own benefit, because a chair to the House or Senate is convenient to all. Discouragement is total, and we think of going “from bad to worse” or “falling from the frying pan into the fire”… we just have to say… “God help us.”

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