Corruption exists. Serving times and statute barred are getting longer. Hence, they give the impression that the phenomenon is controlled and fought, whereas the problem is increasing continuously in Italy. Meanwhile, decentralization of powers is increasing too, because controls and destructuralization of parties are lacking.
Citizens want justice and in order to relieve their thirst, rules are becoming more strict, but they are also less effective. This corruption phenomenon can be only controlled in restricted areas, but in wider areas, increasing the serving time in prison is not effective. In addition, it is the effect that is fought, not the cause.
I believe politics does not want to face this problem for two reasons. The first one is that the response to these problems is coming too late, and now what is needed is a detached analysis skill to take action against these problems; the second is, in my opinion, some kind of shrewdness, as those who have the money continue talking it from public funds and conventions … this is how corruption is fed.
Mattarella stressed this point. Nowadays, there are about 20,000 commissioning bodies; I think there should not be more than one hundred.
“Why don’t they act seriousely?” because – as I said – they did not finance parties and they have to “earn” money in illegal ways. In order to destroy these behaviors, new ways are needed; the populist wind has to be stopped because it made trees of democracy weaker. The only way to make them strong again is to work on those classic values of democracy.
Translation provided by Mary Ann D’Costa