ROME – I do not even had made the Holy Inquisition. He could perhaps any Italian government succeed in cutting places in Sicily and benefits, even those that some councilor? The year was 1577: arrived in Palermo as Viceroy of Spain, Marcantonio Colonna was immediately able to get acquainted with the Sicilian autonomy. The reform of the Inquisition, ordered by the Holy Office to avoid the proliferation of privileges for the benefit of its members, on the island had never entered into force. So the plethora of already abnormal inquisitors, equal to 1. 572, had extended its reflection of Guarantees in a huge circle of familiars that counted no less than 24 thousand people: number, incidentally, not too far from that achieved in much more recent times by the employees of the Region. How to tell in their excellent book The Ballast Market and Henry Emanuel Lauria, the Viceroy could not even scratch it, instead seeing helpless to the launch of a new reform that left intact the privileges of the Inquisition in Sicily.
Able to withstand even the Torquemada Spaniards, who resorted to methods far more convincing than those of the Italian State, four centuries and a half later no one was impressed by a national law on the snip of councilors. And here is immediately ready for a lifeboat for 834 seats. Some even insignificant. But better than nothing, especially at a time like this. At the local elections on Sunday and Monday, called for the renewal of 142 municipalities in Sicily, were elected 2. 281 councilors if they had applied to the parameters established by the laws that have reduced the number of seats in relation to municipal inhabitants, their number would be 1. 447.
The account did Antonio Leo Daily on Sicily, remembering what has already occurred in the administrative of 2012, those who had crowned again Leoluca Orlando Mayor of Palermo. The consequence of the failure to adopt national criteria had been elected councilors then 845 more than the standard. Which leads to 1. 679 the number of seats in excess accumulated in local Sicilian in the space of little more than a year. Without saying dell'aggravio of expenditure that will result in the circumvention of state laws. In five years, he estimated the newspaper, one hundred and forty million rounds: sum corresponding to the cuts that were planned for the university and public research in 2014. Or 10 per cent of the entire annual state budget for Cultural Heritage.
To understand how it has come to this, let's step back. In December 2009, the Parliament approved the budget law that cuts by 20 percent the number of councilors, reduces constituencies, eliminates ombudsmen and some forms consortium, also foreseeing that the regions with special status as the Sicilian will adapt . Seven months after another razor, this time tokens, allowances and emoluments double and triple.
The answer is all of Sicily in a circular signed on 13 January 2011, by the Department for local self-government of the previous regional council, Catherine Chinn, on '' applicability to local authorities in Sicily of state standards on the subject (…) reduction administrative cost of the political apparatus. " A document that ends with these simple words: 'Local authorities will continue to apply, in relation to the institutions of the above-mentioned state regulations in place have not been implemented by the regional legislature, the legislation in force in the Sicilian Region. " The "state standards" are precisely those two laws, which according to the circular "can not find application in regional" as "though designed to reduce costs associated with the operation of representative and executive bodies of local authorities, refluiscono significantly on status as a local administrator and set-up order structure and organization of the institutions themselves. " In short, an entry would represent a straight leg on a "matter reserved to the exclusive legislative power of the Sicilian Region." Then fall on deaf ears. Same thing happened to the second maneuver summer of 2011, the last of Silvio Berlusconi's government, which further exacerbates the crackdown by the city council. As a demonstration, and this is the point, how sometimes a special status can be transformed into a comfortable barrier to the defense of privileges even trivial.
And where nothing can appeals to the sacredness of regional autonomy, enter the field stratagems gattopardeschi. The Sicilian Region has had to force transpose the national standard that reduces the number of councilors, resulting in slimming of the assembly island from 90 to 70 members? Before the House to ratify the regional law swoop to the palace of the Normans the resignation of the governor Raffaele Lombardo. The elections must be advanced only a few months, but that is enough to go to vote under the old rules: the 90 seats are safe for another five years. Never mind if the joke will cost us 5 million a year just in salaries, allowances and reimbursements.
That creativity is not the sole prerogative of Sicily. Just remember that only a few months ago the City of Rome has reduced from 19 to 15 districts that comprise the city hall, with the justification to save on administration costs. Too bad that bundling of the offices has paid the rapid increase in the number of "assessorini." With the result that the posts lieviteranno from the current 95 to 105. But some peaks are destined to remain unattainable. In his inquiry into the newspaper of Sicily Leo points out that the City of Catania, only recently regained after thirteen years of center-right government by former margheritino Enzo Bianco, has 45 members, nine more than would be provided by the national. While the Capitol, those who can not evade instead, has 48, but with 2.8 million inhabitants, compared to 291 thousand in the town of Etna. Nearly ten times more. Not to mention Bompensiere, 611 inhabitants in the province of Caltanissetta, which could elect twelve directors instead of six: one out of every fifty souls. And they have the nerve to say that there is a crisis of politics. . .
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