Are we becoming more and more Italiano?

Last night’s late night television on BBC 2 was riveting. It began with “This World” http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006mgxx at 11.20 in which reporter Mark Franchetti investigated Italy’s Camorra who operate in and around Naples. Its hold on the city is extensive. It was followed by “Gomorrah” http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00wyqzs a film set in Naples which exposes the murky world of this Neapolitan mafia in a series of five interlinked stories. Both programmes are still available on iPlayer and are well worth watching.

In the first programme “This World” there was some hope for the future. Accompanying the recognition of the need for reform, instead of the inevitable shrug and  the dull inert acceptance of “that’s the way it is”, there was a glimpse of a new younger generation willing to offer an alternative at great personal risk. The second programme exposed the inevitability of people with no hope, the urban poor and uneducated, ending up in the clutches of the Camorra.

To me at least, both programmes begged the question:- Are we becoming more and more Italian – but without the style?  Just call to mind the

  • politicians on the make and take;
  • the bribing of the electorate;
  • growing underclass;
  • bureaucratic torpor;
  • organised crime;
  • parallel black economy;
  • fly tipping including disposal of toxic waste;
  • burning woodland
  • no go areas;
  • distribution of counterfeit goods;
  • ignoring of traffic signage;
  • inflated car insurance;

and that’s just Naples and Italy. As an example, everybody’s familiar with the mountains of rubbish in the streets of Naples; in part that’s ever so deliberate as it attracts tranches of central government “clean up” money which in turn can be embezzled by the Camorra.

 Forza Norn Iron!