Italian senator invents “e-filibustering”

Senator Roberto Calderoli.

To stop or at least delay the Boschi Bill, the Government-sponsored reform of the Italian Constitution, the opposition is turning filibustering into an art, but the real masterpiece must be attributed to senator Roberto Calderoli (Northern League), who put together old politics and technology.

Mr Calderoli is using a software to randomly generate hundreds of thousand amendments, which will have to be discussed and rejected by the Senate. The software was dubbed “the Calderoli Machine” by the Italian press.

The higher Chamber tried in vain to appease Mr Calderoli by ruling against his prosecution for racial discrimination after he had called Cecile Kyenge, a black MP and former Minister, an “orangoo”.


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