This is the correct attitude to most politicians, not just Italian ones

But the other response is qualunquismo (“common man-ism”). The term was coined in the immediate postwar era, but it reemerged as a form of furious, coarse populism in the early 1990s when Umberto Bossi shouted from the podium that “the Northern League has a hard-on”. He wanted to screw the patrician establishment. One of the shoutiest slogans of the Five Star Movement (M5S) a few years ago was simply “fuck off”.

6 thoughts on “This is the correct attitude to most politicians, not just Italian ones”

  1. Splendid lot, the Eyeties. Their attitude to parking – squeeze it in somehow, anywhere – and the relaxation of the authorities to this attitude, tells you all you need to know about them.

  2. So Much For Subtlety

    You know, I am old enough to remember when the Left mocked standards and decency. In fact I am pretty sure I can remember Kenneth Tynan saying f*ck on TV – and the Guardian used to think that was a good thing.

    When did the Guardian turn into Mary Whitehouse?

  3. Bloke in North Dorset

    My first project in Italy was a real eye opener and I warmed to them immediately. While waited no fir our baggage I noticed the were stood under the huge big smoking sign puffing away without a ca even n the world.

    (At the time I hadn’t smoked for about 20 years).

  4. “When did the Guardian turn into Mary Whitehouse?”

    Of course the Guardian hasn’t turned into Mary Whitehouse. It’s doing what all bloody leftists do; hypocrisy and double standards. They don’t give a f*ck when someone on the left is vulgar. They only do that when it’s someone with whom they disagree*.


    * See Rosanne Barr vs. Samantha Bee for example.

  5. The Meissen Bison

    BinD: I hadn’t smoked for about 20 years

    …and haven’t taken refreshment in the last 20 minutes.

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