Berlusconite politician caught slashing disabled man's tires

Antonio Piazza, a Milanese government official from Italy's People of Freedom party (that's Silvio Berlusconi's party), has made headlines after he was caught on CCTV slashing the tires of a disabled person's car. Piazza had been in the habit of parking his car in a disabled spot near his office. When a police officer fined him and made him move his car so that a disabled person could use the spot, he returned a few hours later and slashed the guy's tires. He forgot that there were CCTVs on the scene. Here's The Guardian's Tom Kington:

Piazza at first tried to appeal against his parking fine, claiming he had given a lift to a disabled person, but has now grudgingly resigned from his job running a regional housing agency under pressure from his party, claiming: "I made a mistake, but there are people who behave even worse."

As Italy's fiscal police inspect local government accounts up and down the country in the wake of the Lazio scandal, a new report has revealed tax evasion is still endemic among Italy's professions – finding that psychologists fail to declare 40% of their earnings, rising to 42.7% for lawyers. Italians who do pay taxes were shocked to learn of the arrest of the head of a tax-collecting agency on suspicion of embezzling €100m, some of which he spent on lavish parties in Portofino.

Italian politician slashes disabled driver's tyres in parking dispute


  1. “I made a mistake, but there are people who behave even worse.” The rallying cry of all Tea Party candidates

    1. The beauty of that excuse is that it works for all crimes up to and including genocide (as long as you don’t break the world record for genocide, in which case you probably will never have to face trial anyway).

      1. It works until you run out of people who you think behave worse, at which point you start wondering who of your own are merely imperfect. Such is the suicidal trajectory of all fascisms.

    2. C’mon, criticize TP candidates (rightly) for being simple-minded idiots, not for being amoral and depraved.

  2. Snippet missing from this report, but included on Italian newspapers. The final comment of Piazza was: “So what if I had parked illegally? I have been parking like this for three years and nothing ever happened.”

    You may also want to notice that piazza’s car was a latest model Jaguar, while the disabled (missing one leg) man has a very basic small car, and he simply and politely called the traffic police, waiting for it to remove the offending vehicle. “I only use reserved parkings when absolutely needed, and my also disabled wife never does out of respect of those who need them most” he added.

    Oh, and about the “suspect of embezzlement” official… He was already found guilty of similar charges in 2001 and 2009. But he’s a personal friend of Berlusconi, so…

    1. Right, so the fact that he was never challenged makes it ok in his mind.  What is he, 5 yrs old?

  3. It seems privileged Italians tend to have a fairly insufferable degree of entitlement going on…

    Might be best just to put em all up against the wall and let Catholic Jesus sort em out.

    1. It doesn’t catch them (it took someone reporting it first) but it sure helps rub their noses in it.

    1. Are you sure? Wouldn’t having one of your harem of dubiously legal prostitutes slash the guy’s tires for you be more faithful to the example of the master?

    2. he was forced to resign, if it was up to him he’d still be in the office. his words. EDIT no wait i got the joke

  4. Interesting that tax evasion is endemic in certain strata of Italian society, and they’re in dire financial straits. haven’t they been saying the same thing about Greece, that they have a culture of tax evasion as well? So it might not be 100% mismanagement & bank fraud that is causing the financial issues. 

    1.  Same in Spain, the more you earn the more you have to pay an administrative to “edit” your earnings.

  5. “I made a mistake, but there are people who behave even worse.”

    Yeah, he didn’t shoot him in the face with a shotgun. Release him now!

  6.  The icing on the cake is that according to some reports, he asked that particular parking spot to be reserved to disabled people, probably to be sure to found it free most of the time.
    And the other guy (the tax collector), had contracts with local authorities with a 30% share for him of collected taxes, but thanks to his greed the company failed even if the stole those 100M€.
    They the worse kind of evil, the incompetent one.

  7. ‘Italians who do pay taxes were shocked to learn of the arrest…’
    I might possibly believe that they were shocked by the *arrest*, but I can’t believe the *crime* would shock any Italian… my brother lives there and it’s not like Italians don’t know what’s going on.

  8. Having lived in italy for 12 years, the only thing that shocks me is how little reaction there is to these sort of things.. a few weeks of polemics, then it’s back to business as usual.

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