I have yet to establish whether this gloriously rude gesture is from the right, the left or the insane but, whatever, it can't be all bad. Here's what Reuters said about the first one, last September:An Italian comedian's campaign using a rude word to tell off politicians has won the support of more than 300,000 Italians who signed petitions to sweep away a generation of lawmakers they say are corrupt and ineffective.
Popular comic Beppe Grillo has sent shock waves through the political system with the level of support for his campaign which, if successful, would bar convicted felons from parliament [not much to ask, surely?] and would limit politicians' careers to two terms in office.
An estimated 40,000 people attended Grillo's rally in Bologna on Saturday and many more went to hundreds of similar "Vaffanculo-day" protests around the country. The word is the Italian equivalent of the "f"-word in English.
Gaining grassroots support via his website, one of Italy's most popular blogs, the 57-year-old comic said Italy needed a radical break from what he said was the political mismanagement of Italy since the end of fascism and World War Two.
The manifesto contains three points: no one with criminal records should be allowed in parliament; a maximum of two terms for any parliamentarian; and lawmakers should be elected directly***, not by the current party list system.
*** LibDems and Gordon Brown take note: Fuck Off Day is campaigning against proportional representation or, as we democrats call it, the Unfair Votes (Corrupt Politicians) System. Italy is all the proof one could possibly need that PR means corruption. And before you stupid PR-nuts start bleating about 'different forms of PR', such as Broon would introduce to keep himself in power if he could—and remember that You Are Being Watched—oh, just piss off.
Now, I know that there are many who support PR, but I would like to submit empirical evidence that shows it to be a completely stupid idea: Neil Harding supports it. 'Nuff said.
Now, shall we start a National Fuck Off You Politico Cunts Day here...?