Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Newspaper Correction Explains Italian Legislature In Single Sentence

"An article on Friday about voter disillusionment ahead of parliamentary elections in Italy — where a party founded by a comedian, Beppe Grillo, was drawing strong support — referred incompletely to the reason Mr. Grillo’s conviction for manslaughter prevents him from serving in Parliament. It is because his party’s bylaws do not allow it; there is no Italian law prohibiting convicted criminals from serving."

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Ham Snadwich (#11,842)

Awesome. Economist places fourth behind a comedian convicted of manslaughter, Silvio Berlusconi and a center-right regional party that has promised to paralyze the government.

jfruh (#713)

@Ham Snadwich I mean, Silvio et al are clowns, and the Five Star Movement is probably going to consist of an unruly group of populists without much coherent or constructive ideology, but the economist who lost was also kind of a front man for creditor-imposed austerity, which in additon to being unpopular for obvious reasons also doesn't necessarily work? See for instance the UK's failure to turn around under Cameron's austerity plans.

hershmire (#233,671)

Just keep thinking of how cheap it will be to set up a bohemian paradise on the Left Bank after the next major land war in Europe.

SidAndFinancy (#4,328)

I heard Grillo slayed the crowd with his act.

jfruh (#713)

To be fair to Grillo, his manslaughter conviction came because he was the driver at fault in a car accident that killed several people, which is certainly bad, but is different from, like, beating someone to death in a bar brawl or whatever might be conjured up by the phrase "manslaughter" in most people's heads.

@jfruh Or conspiring with your Freemason buddies to blow up train stations.

deepomega (#1,720)

@jfruh In my head, it's always an office-rage-inspired keyboard-beat-down.

Niko Bellic (#1,312)

@jfruh It should also be noted that in New York City, killing someone in a car accident which was your fault is not any kind of crime at all. You'll just get a ticket for running a red light (or whatever) and that's it.

jfruh (#713)

@Niko Bellic So … Grillo for Mayor '13?

atipofthehat (#797)

Si, ma, bisogno avere i coglioni quadrati.

Smitros (#5,315)

Isn't being a convicted criminal a requirement?

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