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Sunday, February 25, 2007

This genuine Italian expression means more or less "What a bad display of yourself!". I think the reason why a so compact and useful expression has entered the Italian vocabulary is that it can be applied more or less constantly to our public institutions.

Our Italian government has just been put in minority by an adverse vote of two senators and of the "officially unaligned" 6 senators for life in the upper chamber. The vote was about international policy, and in particular about Italian participation in Iraq/Afghan affair.

Our Prime Minister, Mr. Prodi (actually, Italian protocol requires that parliament members to be called with the title of "honorable". Italian protocol is full of this funny titles, as Doctor, Engineer, Knight, Commendator, and so on; it makes the Japanese -kun/-san/-sama etc. suffix system pale by confrontation), has obtained a new charge by the Republic President, Mr. Napolitano.

The Honorable Prodi has then reformed the same government as before, trying to buying around some vote ("buying" in many senses).

Where is the "figuraccia" in all this?

Well, the point is the reason why this government fell. The government coalition is actually divided on every single point of the common "electoral programme" they have signed before presenting themselves for the last elections (btw, not a single year has passed).

The programme was about 210 pages, which is a lot of detail for a relatively small set of "electoral promises", and why is that so wide? -- to hide incompatible differences and opinions under rivers of words.

The day our government fell, a quite objective journalist, Mr. Enrico Mentana, organized a show calling the most influent leaders of the government parties. And just them. You may think, "well, they're on the same side, what's the political fight show in that?"

That was the fun. They got hot on everything. You may think that the day a government falls, reciprocal accusations are somehow in order, but the fight wasn't on that guilt. In example, it was fun when an bright exponent of the semi-moderated left party "Partito Radicale", Honorable Giorgio Capezzone, yelled to a bright exponent of the quasi-moderated left party "Partito Democratico della Sinistra" that the 12 pages his party wrote in that 210 pages document were a fair of everything-and-its-reverse, saying all and nothing.

When the climate got a bit more hot, Mr. Mentana, right before sending CMs, said "Dear spectators, don't worry! Before the end of this show I am GONNA find something they agree on."

He didn't succeed.

Che figuraccia!


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