In merito alla recente approvazione definitiva della cosiddetta Legge Cirinnà che regolamente le “unioni civili” vorrei esprimere anche io un pensiero politico, soprattutto in riferimento alle polemiche che alcune componenti della Chiesa Cattolica, siano esse gerarchie o società civile.


“Der Wanderer über dem Nebelmeer”, di Caspar David Friedrich*
Olio su tela, 1818

* Pare che fosse lì, Caspar, dal 1818 ad aspettare questa Legge. Lo testimoniano Messner e quelli della pubblicità Cioccolato Novi.


May First vs. Bank Holiday 0-3. Capitalism wins

In 2008, just moved to Spain, I noticed that May the Second was much more important than May the First. It was somehow right (definitely not leftist!), as it was the bi-centenary of the defeat of Napoleon in Madrid, and Madrid was really set up in a party mode. Mood was great, weather too. I wrote a post about it but the blog is no more online, alas. However my point was that El Dos de Maio beat May First 2-1.

Today is a day off in London: “Bank Holiday”.

After 8 years, I have to acknowledge another big defeat of the May First, the workers’ day. This time is a net 3-0. In England, and of course in the rest of UK, there is no passion for “red” day-offs and symbols of workers’ battles, I may guess at a first attempt. Probably they think like the Americans that May First stinks with communism (in US they have their May First in a different place in the calendar). As a matter of fact to extend a day off to people working in a bank to any workers is cool and itself pro-workers. But one semantic vector runs below the facts: what you have is due to capitalism (and not to unions, for instance). Few other places on Earth may owe more to capitalism than London, actually: anything looks connected to the financial core of the City and estates are wealthy despite of weather and hard convincing building and furniture just because of the pushing vital capitalism. And even if you are a clochard, you may thank capitalism if you can refuse one penny or two pence coins, as people do around here: what could you buy with such amount? And if you don’t have money for nowadays bread & butter because the City is squashing you, you may always rely on 10 times cheaper bread than Italy (!) and a whole butternut squash both from Morrison’s. (One might even speculate about the expression “Good Friday” to mean the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, but perhaps I’ll talk about it next year)


So in principals and in hard facts, this semantic message is not totally wrong: capitalism gives wellness around here like in few other places, such as Switzerland where Bank Holiday applies too. But I continue to see it as weird as driving on the left.

The Brits are convincing all the way: they don’t only give you the first Monday of May. They give you even the last Monday of May, which implies two long weekends, or bridge-week as Italians like to nickname an —at least- three days in a row of no work. This justifies the second goal. But what about the third?

Well, it’s an unlucky year for the people in the Left: May First fell on Sunday, and this equals an own goal!