There were no doubts: usually politicians tend to defend each others, in Italy. Further proof came the other day when the junta for the election of the Chamber held, by majority, compatible 9 PDL Mp. and 3 Lega Nord Mp. Twelve politicians who will continue to be manager of large municipalities or provinces and at the same time deputies.
Super politicians, we can call them. So super to decide not to give up. The vote ends an investigation begun in 2008, to judge the compatibility of two political roles performed by the same subject.
Now they can celebrate and among them there is a double super politician, Daniele Molgora, who, within 18 months was able to be "appointed" deputy of Lega Nord in the House, designate Economy Undersecretary and finally elected president of the province of Brescia.
The Northern League mp Molgora has presented his counter-arguments, like other colleagues, responding that there are no prerequisites for declaring the incompatibility. Because the head of the provincial government of Brescia will decide for himself when calling it and he will do so after examining the parliamentary calendar and then the days off. A very hectic life, but he's sharing this with Mp. Cirielli (President of the Province of Salerno), who since last July also served as President of Anpaca (National Association for the territorial pacts and area contracts for local development).
Sure, Molgora definitely wins the game, but these are two examples of how power, for our politicians, is never enough. In other European countries and in the USA, even if we use to criticize them often, once finished the round you will change jobs. In Italy, instead, you'll be a politician for an entire life.
Why the double charge should be eliminated? A practical demonstration is given by another example of double charge, this time in the Senate. Sergio Rizzo wrote it in an article dated 12 April 2009, when he described how naturally Senator Raffaele Stancanelli voted, in November 2008, in favor of a grant of 140 million for the city of Catania of which he is the mayor. Two tasks, one person: Stancanelli had no problem with self congratulations for the result. How could this have happened? "The current rules state that whoever occupies a seat in Parliament cannot do the mayor of a city with more than 20 thousand inhabitants (Catania is over 310 thousand), neither the chairman of a provincial council, nor the commissioner or the regional council.
But the laws are interpreted and then in the case of Stancanelli, as in many others, the two roles are still there. As for the last 12 super politicians: Ettore Pirovano (President of the Province of Bergamo), Maria Teresa Armosino (president of the province of Asti), Luigi Cesaro (President of the Province of Naples), Edmondo Cirielli (president of the province of Salerno), Daniele Molgora (president of the province of Brescia), Roberto Simonetti (President of the Province of Biella), Antonello Iannarilli (president of the province of Frosinone), Antonio Pepe (President of the Province of Foggia), Adriano Paroli (Mayor of Brescia), Marco Zacchera (Mayor of Verbania), Giulio Marini (Mayor of Viterbo) and Nicola Cristaldi (Mayor of Mazara del Vallo).
The rule that deals with the incompatibility between MP and mayor of a city over 20 thousand inhabitants or president of the province does not mean an incompatibility if the member has becomes a mayor or president of the Province later. And this is the case of the 12 super politicians. As if the timing of events could change something. They should be always compatible or incompatible. And the question remains: where do they find the time to do everything?
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