Le più grandi sciagure dell’umanità sono state originate da chi ha voluto semplificare la vita pianificando il mondo.

Giovannino Guareschi

lunedì 15 ottobre 2012

The alternative

The recent scandals have involved the management of public money given to councilors and regional councilors reported in vogue theme federalist system of Italy. Over the past twenty years, the regions have gradually acquired a greater say in the management of some major items of expenditure, including all the most important health concerns, with mixed success. Against regions C.D. virtuous, there have been other less virtuous or guilty disastrous. The cases of bad public health and waste are visible to all and there is no need here to remember them. And we do not care to emphasize the differential north-south, so that in the south there are public facilities that work well and deliver quality services and cost comparable to northern Italy. The real question is' other, but with a centralized management, unique, super ministries from Romans, we are confident that things would be better, there would be less waste, less downtime, better quality services at lower costs?

Personally, I have doubts.

In Germany, the federal system is applied as and perhaps more than in Italy, and the result is a very satisfactory quality of life for the citizens who see public services provided operating at a sustainable cost. Where is the difference? The difference is in the list compiled annually since 1993 by the non-governmental organization Transparency International, which analyzes and studies the levels of corruption in the world. Well, in 2011 (the last year analyzed) the level of corruption "perceived" (suffered) by German citizens puts Germany in 14th place in the standings on a par with Japan ahead of the United Kingdom, the United States and France to name other G8 Nations , as he sees Italy in 69th place tied with Ghana, Macedonia and Samoa. The first three countries "not corrupt" in the world? New Zealand, Denmark and Finland. For those interested to know more, below the link to the website of the organization: http://www.transparency.org/

The real problem is not a setting in the country that we want to give to our country, centralist or federalist, the real problem is ethical and moral. Ethics must relate to the behavior of public administrators of public affairs at any level they operate. Personal morality should ensure that a person who manages public money deems just resign from 'job before it is the law itself to impose it if it is under investigation by the judiciary for offenses relating to public office covering, even if waiting for a judgment rendered by a court in the name of the Italian people. Now here would open all the major theme of slowness of our "justice model", certainly essential, but not the time to deepen it.

In this sense, the "anti corruption" under discussion in Parliament is certainly necessary and welcome, but it alone will not be able to eradicate the problem unless it is accompanied by a change that needs to be cultural, social, personal. So I think the fundamental starting from schools, to educate young people to see the commitment in politics, in society, in the community as the best service that a person can offer their country and not, as often happens now, and as a way a quick and easy way to reach positions of privilege, power and personal enrichment. From this point of view, so mistreated hours of religion and civics certainly offer a space of time in the classroom can help children deal with proposals and positive content. It should also be teaching young people the rules of conduct of a modern and civilized nation, but also give reasons why it is right or wrong behavior or a certain lifestyle. Without a vanishing point to which to refer in their political values​​, the general picture is fuzzy and the instinct prevails (staff or your group / party) and the satisfaction of particular interest only at the expense of the public.

Indro Montanelli wrote that corruption starts with a plate of pasta. Maybe we should start thinking of a diet ..

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