Italian austerity damages science


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From ScienceInsider:

Italy‘s Science Minister Is Betting on Europe

by Marta Paterlini on 17 August 2012, 11:40 AM

ROME—Last month, the Italian government angered many scientists by announcing a series of deep cuts in the budgets of state institutes as part of a broader austerity package. ScienceInsider talked to Francesco Profumo,

Profumo indeed. That reminds me of another minister of that name, John Profumo. British, not Italian. Not a minister of education, universities, and research; but a Secretary of State for War (then, in the early 1960s, they were still honest enough to call it war, not “defense” yet).

John Profumo had to resign because of the Profumo scandal.

It is to be hoped that Francesco Profumo, and the whole Italian austerity-mongering government, will follow that example soon.

who, as minister of education, universities, and research in Italy’s ‘technocratic’ government, will have to implement those cuts.

… Before accepting the appointment as minister, he served as the president of the National Research Council for 3 months. Questions and answers have been translated from Italian and edited for clarity and brevity.

Q: The budget cuts announced last month will hit 12 state-funded institutes hard and have caused a great deal of commotion. Won’t they harm Italian science?

F.P.: First of all, let’s stop calling them cuts. I prefer to use the term “spending reviews!”

Yeah, right, Mr Profumo.

Probably, you want to stop people from calling rape rape. You think they should call it love instead.

And freedom is slavery.

And war is peace.

There is a word for the euphemisms of people like Mr Profumo. It is called Newspeak.

Ireland’s economy remains deep in crisis, with all signs pointing to a further downturn as the European Union enters recession: here.

5 thoughts on “Italian austerity damages science

  1. lawyers striking, asking for THE LAW. Italians know what’s next…
    however we’re lucky for the increasing number of clowns in politics. We don’t get politics done, but we have something to talk (and laugh) about every day. That’s why everyone is angry with robot-Monti: he’s not funny.
    As a former and prospective emigré, I say there’s no salvation for Italy.
    Ciao!

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  2. Pingback: Fascist Italian criminal honoured by Berlusconi’s party | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  3. Roma, 24 ago – Blitz dei Cobas, alla galleria Colonna, davanti a Palazzo Chigi, poco prima dell’inizio del Consiglio dei ministri contro i decreti attuativi della spending review. Un gruppo di manifestanti, armati di fischietti e bandiere, si e’ fermato su via del Corso per poi spostarsi davanti a Montecitorio.

    ”Protestiamo contro la spending review – ha spiegato Anna Grazia Stammati, membro dell’Esecutivo Nazionale dei Cobas (Comitati di Base della Scuola), in piazza insieme al gruppo di manifestanti – e anche le misure che presentano oggi, le assunzioni che annunciano sono un bluff, si tratta solo del normale turn-over”.

    Per la spending review ”abbiamo mandato una lettera alla presidenza del Consiglio e alla presidenza della Repubblica e chiesto un incontro urgente al Miur per entrare nel merito dei decreti attuativi per la scuola in cui sara’ dettato il regolamento del passaggio dei docenti inidonei ad Ata. E non solo: perche’ dei 3.500 docenti inidonei che dovranno passare ad Ata, 1.100 andranno in mobilita’ e, quindi, dopo 2 anni c’e’ il licenziamento”.

    I docenti inidonei sono quelli, regolarmente assunti, che per gravi patologie non possono piu’ svolgere la professione docente in aula, ma ricoprono altre funzioni in quanto ”idonei ad altri compiti”, dall’organizzazione di laboratori al servizio di biblioteca per arrivare ai supporti didattici ed educativi e il supporto nell’utilizzo delle nuove tecnologie informatiche. Si tratta di circa 3.500 persone che ora, con l’articolo 14 (comma 13) del decreto sulla revisione della spesa pubblica, rischiano il trasferimento ”nei ruoli di assistente amministrativo o tecnico”.

    E’ la seconda volta che i Cobas scendono in piazza per questa ragione, gia’ il 3 agosto, in occasione di un altro Consiglio dei ministri, insieme agli insegnanti avevano organizzato un sit-in, accompagnati anche dal senatore dell’Idv, Stefano Pedica.

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