Just when they thought they were out …

… the incompetence of government drags them back in:

As Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte fights to hold Italian society together through a crippling nationwide lockdown, the depressed south is turning into a powder keg…

As the state creaks under the strain of the coronavirus pandemic, officials worry the mafia may be preparing to step in…

The risk is that organized crime gangs will step in to provide assistance to those in need, filling the gap left by the state.

At this stage, they couldn’t do any worse. (HT: IT).

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19 Responses to Just when they thought they were out …

  1. nb says:

    Oh, just ask them not to:
    Houston’s [Democrat] mayor asks criminals not to commit crimes UNTIL the coronavirus is over.

  2. JC says:

    This doesn’t sound bad at all.

    an emergency handout should also be given to those in the illegal economy. The risk is that organized crime gangs will step in to provide assistance to those in need, filling the gap left by the state.

  3. bemused says:

    This may well be the final straw for existence of the EU.

  4. Nob says:

    That’s always been the mafia’s schtick.

    Italian bureaucracy is just a legalised version of it.

  5. mundi says:

    The big thing that will come out of this is the states that were not able to control their boards will be the big losers.

    USA, Spain, France for example all have extremely open borders from the point of view of how many people come through everyday (>250,000). This has made it bureaucratically impossible to close the borders, let alone politically impossible.

    Then you have the second level of state governments, mostly also doing nothing in those counteries.

    Compare for example QLD, which has closed it state boarders (mostly) to states in USA and provances in spain who have done nothing, mostly because the borders are just lines on a map for voting and have no enforceable crossing points.

  6. Nob says:

    #3386141, posted on March 31, 2020 at 5:12 pm
    This may well be the final straw for existence of the EU

    EU “assistance” to poorer regions of Italy and the Mafia is like cowshit and flies.

    Any number of half empty “agriturismos” for subsidy sucking and money laundering.

    And of course all the rubbish collection contracts. Don’t pay the protection, rubbish piles up in streets. Beats having to break legs for a living.

  7. Infidel Tiger says:

    Restore the Papal States.

    Let the Mafia provide the bureaucracy and muscle.

  8. Natwally says:

    I am just waiting to see how long it takes for Governments to decide to ban cash. I can see some treasury bureaucrat putting forward the plan to give people 4 weeks to get their cash into their bank account before all issued currency is declared void on the basis that cash is dirty and can spread the virus. They have been waging a war on cash and the cash economy for years. I’m just surprised it hasn’t made it into the crisis response plan yet. You know it will be good for you :/

  9. nfw says:

    Seems to be a case of the wonderful politicians and functionaries being unable to provide any real services despite having taxpayer money so private enterprise steps in, again. But the pollies and the functionaries everywhere still expect taxes and other charge to be paid, especially their salaries.

  10. bollux says:

    The difference here is the government is the crime gang. We just change the Don now and then.

  11. Docket62 says:

    Governments to decide to ban cash

    I would say with a certainty that that is part of the end game. The removal of cash from society will garner billions of dollars for the government that implements it.. and now they have the perfect excuse. Cost savings on having to mint/print the stuff. Should make the drug dealers business model interesting!

  12. Nob says:

    In Australia it’s the unions, abetted by the government. Stuff is legal in Australia that only organised crime can get away with elsewhere.

    My rule of thumb in business: The more “anti-corruption” rules a country has, the more corrupt it is.

    Labyrinthine bureaucracy just creates more opportunities.

  13. Tintalrella di Luna says:

    Just watch Bruce Hawker on Bolt — letting loose the inner authoritarian and his respectful and aggressive attitude towards the female commentator Renee — he was rude, belligerent, aggressive and dare I say demonstrated the real attitude towards women that the men of Labor oftentimes display.

  14. Narwhal Tusk says:

    Tinta, I turned Bolta on, saw Hawker and turned it off.
    I regret you had to suffer watching that ar*#hole.
    I cannot understand why he has that plick on. And the other one. Reece?
    BTW, your descriptors are the best.
    May we have one for Hawker please?

  15. rickw says:

    Making it in The Mob requires a consistent demonstration of competence.

    Unlike making it in Government or Bureaucracy.

  16. Rod W says:

    Things are apparently pretty tough in Italy. The mafia have had to lay off half their judges.

  17. Chris M says:

    This may well be the final straw for existence of the EU.

    And the French submarines! Silver linings see…

  18. DFC says:

    Amazing to think that the best hope for us is that we actually have mass riots in countries because it is the only thing that will scare politicians from continuing (and escalating) the repression.

    I suspect this sort of thing would particularly scare Australian pollies because the police force and military here are so small they would have no hope of taking on the masses – and people who think Australians are cowed and submissive just remember that even the most brainwashed will riot when they can’t eat.

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