Oddities&Endities

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Honestly Different


Tenth of Italian MPs in trouble with law
By Malcolm Moore in Rome
(Filed: 25/07/2006)
Almost one in 10 members of the Italian parliament is either on trial, awaiting an appeal, or has a conviction, only a decade after the political classes were purged by anti-corruption prosecutors.
Italy is also served by 25 MPs who have criminal convictions, the highest number ever recorded.
Italians believe that most of the people involved in running the state are furbi, or cunning, and politicians are sometimes described as diversamente onesti, or "differently honest".
"This is a very Italian thing,"said Marco Travaglio, one of the authors of Honourable Men Wanted, which lists charges against more than 80 MPs.
Daily Telegraph

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