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The Wit and Wisdom of Beppe Grillo

I mean could you imagine Michael McIntyre as a politician?

These Beppe Grillo jokes are from The Guardian

Beppe Grillo has been a comedian since the mid-1970s. During the 80s his act turned steadily more political as he inveighed against the corruption that was steadily engulfing Italy under its then Socialist prime minister, Bettino Craxi. Here are some of his quips:

“[A politician visiting China] rang [the Socialist PM Bettino] Craxi and said: ‘Listen. There’s a billion people here. Are they all socialists?’

And Craxi said: ‘Yes. Why?’

‘Well, who do they steal from?'”

“Italy is a nation of tricksters. Yesterday I was in Rome. I got on a bus and stamped my ticket: ‘Click. Clack.’ The driver turned round and said: ‘What the fuck’s that noise!'”

“Who makes up a criminal conspiracy? If you go and look, [you’ll find] they are made up of bankers, politicians, judges and, just perhaps, once in a while, a criminal.”

“An artist ought never to prostitute himself or herself – except for money.”

“They ask me: ‘Are you on the left?’ I don’t know. I’ve stood still. It’s all the others that have moved.”

And, in philosophical vein: “Life has become a show at which we are the audience – and have to buy a ticket.”


2 Responses

  1. Don’t judge: millions of deranged people in this country voted for the Monster Raving Looney Party, or should I say the Conservatives.

  2. A related song to the outcome of the elections in Italy – ‘Talking Beppe Grillo & The Five Stars Movement’ by Topical Songwriter Michel Montecrossa
    (song and music video on the website http://www.MichelMontecrossa.com )
    Michel Montecrossa says about ‘Talking Beppe Grillo & The Five Stars Movement’:
    “Beppe Grillo in Italy stands with his ‘Five Stars Movement – Movimento 5 Stelle’ for the people and a non-criminal banka & polito world.
    Beppe Grillo is not alone with this aspiration nor is Italy the only country demanding a new level of political and economic ethics. All countries in Europe and all people of the European Union want that. European politicians must become true statesmen at the service of the people, bankas must become real value bankers at the service of the people, rich speculators must develop a social conscience, must be ready to share with the people and to pay higher taxes. Banka-gangstas shall get jail instead of bail. The living, housing, food and energy costs for the people must be radically lowered so that European workers can adjust their wages to the global reality without losing their jobs and their civilised living standard.
    On this basis Europe’s working hand will stay competitive in the global economic scene and the well-being of the young will have top priority by giving free education and quality jobs instead of outsourcing. The securing of pensions and health-care then will equally have top priority to guaranty peace and human dignity.
    For all this and more I sing my New-Topical-Song ‘Talking Beppe Grillo & The Five Stars Movement’.”

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