March 2017, Year IX, n. 3
The opinionated gentleman
Telos: You've been involved with Parliament first as advisor for the Antimafia Committee and then as a member of the Senate Justice Committee. Based on your experience, can Parliament still hope to decide national policies or does it have to resign itself to simply ratifying decisions taken elsewhere?
Gianrico Carofiglio: Undoubtedly Parliament's current role is much less effective; often, but not always, it seems to be little more than a notary certifying decisions taken elsewhere. This is just one aspect of the much more widespread crisis of representative institutions and, even more in general, the notion of democracy we are familiar with. It should be a key issue in the political debate, but very few people appear to really care ...more
Gianrico Carofiglio immediately said: "I have the habit of giving very brief answers". And in fact the answers he gave during our interview are anything but long. They are as short as the answers we were given by Giulio Andreotti (about politics) or Andrea Camilleri (about writing). Nevertheless they are crystal-clear. Obviously it's impossible for a person to express himself in such a Spartan manner if he hasn't got very clear, well-though out ideas. As Italians we are past masters at tortuous, arabesque expressions used to smokescreen lack of thought and reflection ...more