When Italian politicians block you on Twitter: the story of Maurizio Gasparri

Mr. Maurizio Gasparri is not a new name in the Italian political scene when it comes to insulting citizens publicly and displaying detrimental social media management skills. A few months ago I expressed on Twitter my disapproval to (Senator) Gasparri’s behaviour online.

As a result (I presume) I noticed that a few days ago Mr. Gasparri has blocked me on Twitter. This was again a bad move. By blocking me I can simply not follow him but that does not prevent me from actually looking at his tweets, replying or still mentioning him in my tweets. So, why blocking me?

Already in September, the Senator got back to a tenacious follower in a quite “colourful” way. Mr. Gasparri literally asked publicly on Twitter if the “follower’s mom had come back from working the streets yet.”  maurizio-gasparri-insulto-marciapiedeSuch action would lead to the immediate resignation of any political figure in any normal country. Also, the media would be covering this issue relentlessly. But not in Italy. In Italy, the caste system is well more integrated than in India and having politicians behaving disgracefully to private citizens is just not news any more. Whoever holds minimal political authority feels entitled, or blessed by God himself, to be above any other citizen and not to be at the service of the citizens. Gasparri’s case is just one out of thousands but I’m quoting his case because he embodies the typical attitude of the Italian politician type towards the people combined with very poor management of his digital presence. Continue reading “When Italian politicians block you on Twitter: the story of Maurizio Gasparri”

Civil rights in Italy? Only for MPs

In Italy there is no such thing as civil unions. You can either be married, by a recognized religious institution or by your municipality, or just not be married. There is no way in between. If you have had a partner for the past 20 years and you are not legally married to him/her there is no way the two of them can be recognized as one nuclear family whatsoever.  When it comes to tax declaration, death, injury etc.. these people will be always recognized by the state as two separate legal entities. This applies to all citizens…or, wait a moment, it actually does not! Members of the Parliament have the right to declare their partners as more uxorio couples so that they can benefit from state benefits as if they were married.

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