Magazine article New Internationalist

Introducing. Beppe Grillo

Magazine article New Internationalist

Introducing. Beppe Grillo

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Italians (and the rest of us, for that matter) have no doubt often considered their politicians a bunch of clowns. Now they have elected a real clown, the comic satirist Beppe Grillo (pictured), as a major player in their future political life. The unkempt 64-year-old has been pretty much banned from Italian TV for his scathing critiques of Italy's self-serving political class. His 2013 election campaign featured giant rallies in the piazzas of Italian cities where he excoriated the hypocrisy, thievery and incompetence which has led Italians down the road of economic stagnation and vicious austerity cuts.

Grillo's Five Star Movement won an astonishing 25.55 per cent of the vote in February, making this novice party Italy's most popular. The Five Stars stand for public water, sustainable mobility, development, connectivity and environmentalism. …

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