Regional elections in Sicily, 2012

A few consideration about what’s has happened in Sicily during the last election to decide who will rule the almost bankrupt isle. An astonishing amount of people hasn’t gone to vote, only 47% of who has the right to do it has gone, this is significant because in 2008 they were the 66%, for the same kind of election.

The leftist coalition is claiming the victory with just the 31% of votes granted, we’re talking of a very relative victory, we must admit that their candidate Mr Crocetta is a highly respectable person with a personal history of mafia-cleanliness, if you know what I mean. The media are talking about the great victory of the populist M5S too with 18% (click here whether you’d like to know who they are), this is a great performance, but in my opinion the most interesting fact is that if the right parties had gone united to this election they would have get 40% of votes and would have won the election (again). But they didn’t; they have been divided into two groups, the first one is the official one and has taken around 25%, the second one, or the rebel one, has taken only 15% of the votes.

To draw a conclusion a lot of noise for nothing, what the leftist are calling an historical victory is just luck; the crisis, the technical government, the extreme populism of M5S, the last Berlusconi’s crazy declarations, have only brought marginal effect on the typical political scene of the Southern Isle, where specific interests seem always to prevail on the collective good.

Not deep enough.

5 Stars. 1 Leader.

Today the BBC website has posted an article “Parma testing ground for people politics in Italy” by Alan Johnston about the rise of the “Five stars” movement in Italy (you can read it by clicking here), especially in Parma where they’ve won the last election. Parma is an important town with more than 180,000 inhabitants and home of multinationals like Barilla and Parmalat (now owned by French company Lactalis).

I really love BBC news website, it’s my favourite source of online news  (with Euronews), but this time I think they haven’t gone deep enough in that story. “Five stars” movement is something new only from a single point of view: they founded the movement online, that’s all about their new policies.

Apart from every bias or political orientation, their ideology is something that exist everywhere, it’s populism, and that’s could even be acceptable, their opinion on citizenship, their crazy economics theories (exit the euro and cut the debt by half, a debt that is for the most part in Italian hands and that a decision like this will make our economy collapse in 15 minutes or so, but that’s another story), their opinions on immigrants, on military decision, that’s all the same load of waffle that populists bandy around throughout Europe, they could call themselves “New dawn”, “Front Nationale” or “Five stars movement” it’s the same old story. In fact if the journalist would have gone deeper he could even notice that their attack to the mainstream parties are exactly the same as the ones Berlusconi made in mid 90s and that Northern League has done since its foundation.

If you think about the “Five stars” movement like the “Pirate party” because they are always talking about democracy, internet and similar, you’re wrong. The “Pirate party” is characterized by a strong democracy in its own structure while the “Five star” movement has only got an appearance of democracy, but dramatically lack of it in important matters.

That’s the point. What really disappoint me about this article, but there are dozens similar, is that to underline the news or the fact that they’re an online movement they forget to talk about what they really are, a movement where the leader cannot be changed. Because he is not officially the leader is a kind of mythological figure, that cannot be elected and cannot be removed. There is no chance of that on the very vague statue of the movement and there is no way to do it because he and one of his friends own the website, hearth of the movement. It’s like that boy who when we were young carry the ball and for this reason wanted to impose its rules, and if you wanted to play you had to accept that. We are talking of a totally undemocratic movement, it’s something that even a Lukashenko would be ashamed of. If you think that technically, also Berlusconi could be expelled from its own party and the same is true for the Northern League, you can understand what’s the point, and the danger, of this movement, lurk from the eyes of people with a good willingness but with not enough critical spirit, with a dictatorial structure they push populism to a dangerous level. It’s already happened that the supreme leader, the former comedian Beppe Grillo, overruled what its party members had decided online, with only the use of his power, that I repeat, can not be challenged in any way.

That’s the problem, there are no news in undemocratic movement that push its way during a crisis period in Europe, BBC should make Europe aware of the risks.

From my Italian point of view the “Five stars” movement its the biggest challenge to our stability as a democracy.

Others earthquakes in Italy

Everybody knows what is happening in Italy, many earthquakes are striking the places that have already been hit in the last weeks. There deaths and wounded, many people has lost their job and many other their home.

Many people are losing their aplomb too. One of these is our superrational minister of welfare Fornero, who said: “building shouldn’t fall down at every earthquake”. Furthermore one of the main magazine “L’Espresso” reports that in 1993, a couple of geologists said that there was a huge danger in those areas.

I think this is a bad attitude towards what’s happening, even if they are both right, what did we have to do? Evacuate every building that was not safe? In Italy? We have millions of buildings like those, and there is no way we could or can building other more modern to replace the old ones. Saying that we could have saved scores of lives just building better buildings are real like saying that if everyone of us had slept outside then we would have survived every catastrophe.

It’s just not realistic. In L’Aquila almost utterly devastated by an earthquake, even anti-sismic buildings fallen down, because the material that had been used were of poor quality. No-one can do anything on a big scale, we do not have neither the money nor the skills and the honesty.

Now our great political class is pushing to put off the military parade on the 2nd June, it’s hold to celebrate our republic, and to spend the money to help people struck by the earthquake, in theory it could be a nice idea, but the savings would amount at 10 millions. Yes, just 10 million, what they want to rebuild with 10 millions I cannot imagine, maybe 400 mt of a road, they need billions and want to waste 10 millions…as if all the expenses for the military parade were made and paid on the 2nd June, and we haven’t already spent part of that sum. This is the Italian way of do things, when L’Aquila had been struck by an earthquake, the Prime Minister Berlusconi moved the G8 meeting from Sardinia to the poor town, what happened? Billions wasted on Sardinia, millions wasted in L’Aquila, what has the population gained from it? Nothing, just paid for two locations instead of one. Great. This time they want to waste the millions we’ve already spent to give a tip to the Emilia population, something like extinguish a fire through a bottle of water….

Tough times for Italy

A very difficult period is what Italy and Italians are facing right now, in the last weeks, we’ve seen a manager of an Italian company Ansaldo Nucleare shoot in his legs; a crazy and unheard of attack to a school; a powerful earthquake in Northern Italy and a small attack in Liguria against a polling station; and a great series of people who killed themselves because of the economic crisis.

I do not think there is or there will be a new wave of terrorism like the one we got in 70s, by then there was a strong ideology, there was the Cold War, there was a climate of violence often made up by the State itself. At the moment Italy is a different country, with less ideology, where people who kill in the name of them (anarchists, communists, etc.) are outcasts, criminals and I think not to healthy mentally. Perhaps there would be other attacks in the future but not an organized escalation like in the past.

The earthquake it’s a terrible reality for all of us who live in the Peninsula, it’s our Sword of Damocles, I think most of the population has at least once in their life experienced an earthquake, it’s difficult to describe, it depends on many things, but for sure you feel utterly confused and scared, you could start running or you could freeze. Anyway it is a tragedy with no proper solution, plenty of Italians live in homes with scores of years (me too) and with no, or few measures against earthquakes, not to mention our historical buildings. It’s very sad but it’s a tragedy we cannot stop.

The crisis is pushing a lot of people to kill themselves, throwing families into pieces and leaving a feelings of no hope to the community. It is sad but I think it’s our fault, we have driven the country to a nearly bankruptcy and now the world has brought to us the bill. Nevertheless what Hollande, Obama and everyone else say if you spent only what you get you wouldn’t have any problem.

Someone else tried to use the dramatic and crazy attack of Brindisi, at a school, like a clue of their previsions, talking about the danger that the crisis and the austerity have brought in the society, before there was any evidence to explain the reasons of it. Only shame for those jackals of the politics.

A sudo European Union

Our common roots

Let me borrow a key word from the Linux (Ubuntu) world to express the need that we have in this time of history. We need to leave out all the populist, the fears, take our bravery in our hands and go forward to a new super state, a true integration between the nations that really want it.

The “sudo” user is the administrator, a super user, a person with all the powers, in this case I think a strong Union, with all the powers that a state needs to have, for example the USA, and with its huge economy would be able to stop the speculation on our economies, stop populism and all the risks that they carry with them, and start a new era for all Europeans, maybe for the world.

We need to join our debts, our “credits”,  our politics, our armies, our intelligences, our welfare, our educations, our health systems; everyone would have its space to integrate these fields, welfare for example, but we need a common base, so that we could not just feel citizens of a new state but we really became part of it.

We need to step on the gas of integration.

A dangerous path

The last election in Italy even if in a local scale and with only a small portion of the Italian population involved shown us a very dangerous future for our country.

I do not know whether from abroad it is clear enough. In most of the European countries that have faced really big troubles because of the economic crisis, that seems to be eternal and invincible, the population have shifted their political preferences through non main stream parties, most of them extremists (right more often but left too).

France and Greece are the last example, but we could talk about Netherlands, Hungary, Spain etcetera. In Italy the situation could seem different, but it is not. That’s why. The right parties have imploded on their corruption and on their failures in the economic policies, the centre struggle to gain ground, the left resists but in the number of their votes are always the same, voters seems to change parties within the same coalition, without leaving it. The far left and the far right do not gain anything from the crisis, it sounds good but in fact Italy shares the same political future of its neighbours.

The political movement “Movimento 5 stelle” (Five stars movement) has intercepted the protest and has got its votes multiplied by ten at least. At first it could appear like a smart on-line party, like The Piraten in Germany and in Northern Europe, but it is not. It is a mix of good willingness of Marie LePen, they always present themselves like democratic, liberal, honest and just-arrived-to-politics guys, but they are not; and a touch of populism like our old Northern League (almost ripped off after their internal scandals), or the populism of the Melanchon.

I do not want to become boring, but if you think that this is the real winner of this election and they could grown even more, our future is bugged at least as the French one, with their Front National. The Five Star Movement has some peculiar characteristics, they said to be democratic but their leader, who owns the website, the logo, and that is not elected, do not accept the contradictory, he just make proclaims, like an Assad, more than like a Western politician. They make their decision on-line, but if the leader disagree he can overruled them, of course without any discussion. Their first economic solution for the crisis is to get out of the Euro and cut half of our debts, the consequences? There is no discussion on this. I hope to have pointed out the dramatically dangerous side of an undemocratic party who got a strong increase in their power and sadly they’re getting more and more space on mass media, something unacceptable for someone who refuse the democratic praxis of the dialogue.

Italian brain drain can’t be stopped

Here is the proof, when dozens of governments and dozens of ideas and projects have been put in place, as well as tax benefits and everything we have been able to think, there is always something that goes wrong and stops our best guys to come back to their mother land.

This is the exemplary story of Renzo Bossi, a young Italian brain, who got his degree abroad, in Albania, he managed to get it without even went to that country, that’s a proof of its value rather than the contrary like his enemies sustained, abroad they really know how to recognize a true talent. Here in our poor country, he had to take the final exam of the high school four times before pass it; and just a year later he got his degree, he was so smart that the Albanian University enrolled him before he got his high school diploma.

Now judges and even Albanian police want to question him because the degree could be a fake…well I have to admit I am a loss for words…when our country at last managed to get back an Italian brain that is what happened…

We’re all here for you Renzo “Il trota” (the trout), don’t give up! Hold on for all the people who are in your situation!