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Beppe Grillo just came out for holding that paragon of environmentalism, the Olympics, in Turin.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Mar 10th, 2018 at 04:25:40 PM EST
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The dolt! Is he totally ignorant of the systematic manner in which the IOC rips off host cities and their citizens?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Mar 10th, 2018 at 08:30:05 PM EST
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Yes that rankles quite a few supporters.
Some context, Raggi forbade the building of a huge stadium boondoggle in Rome and was roundly criticised for it. She also decided not to candidate Roma for some huge sports event in 2025 because the city coffers were too depleted by preceding administrations and burdened with huge debt. This pissed off the builder/real estate moguls who have been fattening their wallets for decades and form much of the backroom PTB in the city, cosily in cahoots with the rest of the 'Casta' in the Capital.
So Grillo's backing this move for Torino is to show they are listening to the numerous people who love sports in Italy and they don't want to come off as the party of joyless 'No' to everything, (one of the biggest smears pointed at them).
According to what I have read, the infrastructure for the winter olympics is already largely in place in the Torino hinterland so the expenditure will not be as huge as it often is for this kind of thing.
Of course the more mature a political force they become, the more they drift to the centre, and shed some of their rougher edges and more extreme socio-political stances...
So we are hearing a lot less about chemtrails, anti-vax rhetoric and leaving the Euro. The voters can taste an imminent empowerment possible in the next government and as long as they remain far to the left of the decaying, fractured PD they will grow.
Salvini wants a 15% flat tax, the 5* want a citizens' stipend of €780 a month in return for civic neighbourhood labour of 8 hours a week and free tuition in a new professional qualification. Then at the 3rd job refusal the funding will stop.
In the South, struck by poverty and 45% youth unemployment this was a huge vote-getter so they will have to follow through to keep the voters sweet.
This is slagged as 'assistentialism' by all the other parties, (natch).

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sat Apr 7th, 2018 at 06:56:59 PM EST
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