The Past Helping The Future?
In Italy, it’s almost time for elections in 13 regions, but the People of Freedom party might not join the competition in the Lazio region, which includes Rome.
Why is this happening? Because a party member missed the deadline to register the party for the vote. How did this happen? I don't know, but you can try to read the transcription of the interview that party member gave to the Corriere della Sera (roughly translated via GoogleTranslate):
You went off to make some changes to the documentation?
"Change, she says ..."
To add or to delete a couple of names.
Yes or no?
"No, I didn’t do this."
Tell us the truth.
"I swear, I swear! I didn’t mean to modify anything. You must believe me, okay?"
It’s ok; stay calm. This means that you really left the court to eat a sandwich.
"Yes, I left to eat a sandwich. I do not think it’s such a bad thing, isn’t it?"
Then it’s true, you left the room to go to the bar.
"Me? To eat?"
During the press conference, Renata Polverini [the Presidential candidate for People of Freedom] reconstructed the facts a little differently."No, that is ... I ate, but who told you? ".
When the party member was back in the room, the deadline had passed, and he couldn’t register People of Freedom for the March 28-29 regional elections.
Then, last Friday, Italian government passed a decree “to give an authentic interpretation of the current law, without changing it and to allow judges of the regional courts to apply it in the current way,” Interior Minister Roberto Maroni said.
As matter of fact, the decree wanted to reinstate candidates from PM’s party. So far it's been unhelpful, because a few days ago regional courts stated: “Lazio region has a different election law, then the government decree can not be applied to People of Freedom’s case”.Continued on the next page