Bored in Parliament? iPad to the Rescue


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@ANSA, Antonio Martino, of the Pdl party.

Italians use the same word – filibustiere – for long-winded attempts to slow down legislative sessions, now they are using the iPad to combat boredom at work.

These pics were snapped during what was apparently an endless session about shortening trials.




Politicos around the globe have admitted to using Apple’s “magic device” as a plaything to combat boredom, but while the Americans say it’s “wonderful” during congressional hearings, Brits experiment and most of the German legislators look like they are at least answering emails, the Italians appear hard at play with iDevices. (Nice job trying to cover that screen, Roberto Menia.)

Still, at least this time no one was caught browsing for escorts, which happened a few months ago to Italian parliament member Simeone Di Cagno Abbrescia, 67.

Via Corriere della Sera


  • Giuseppe A Veltri

    Poor souls.

  • Chris

    well, if Berlusconi has a debate about shortening trials so that he doesn’t have to go to the court for his crimes, he doesn’t want opposition, so he gives them iPads to play :D
    nice democracy…

  • John McLachlan

    My first thought on the first picture – on the next desk – is that someone’s blankie??? :-)

  • Marco Cattaneo

    @Christoph: the guys in these photos aren’t from the opposition party, they are from the government Berlusconi’s party!

  • Marco Cattaneo

    @Johnmcboston: yes, it is!

  • Jacopo Famularo K

    why should this stuff always happen here in italy? ahw well.. that’s because we are enough stupid to let these idiots rule in our beautiful country..

  • ugru

    Sorry Nicole but “filibustiere” in italian does not mean that….

    Filibustiere in italian is an elegant and old-fashoned word to say “Buccanier” or “Pirate” or “Highwayman” (i.e. Italian Politician :-) )

    “Attempts to slow down legislative sessions” correct translation is “Ostruzionismo” = the english word “Filibuster” or “Obstructionism”…

  • Nicole

    I would agree that it is used more commonly in Italian that way — but I’m sure I’ve seen/heard the word used in Italian news (

    Interestingly, it has the same other meaning in English, too “irregular military adventurer” (……

    Looks like we all got the word from Latin America, circa mid-19th century…

  • Marco Cattaneo

    @Jacopo Famularo K: do you know the old saying that says “ogni popolo ha i governanti che si merita” (every people has the rulers that they deserve)?

  • Marco Cattaneo

    sorry Nicole, but I have to agree with “ugru”.
    “filibustiere” doesn’t mean “long-winded attempts to slow down legislative sessions”.
    this word has never had that meaning, in italian language.
    the fact that it was used in that way in italian news only means that italian journalists are illiterate…

  • Marco Cattaneo

    @Giuseppe A Veltri: oh, well, 16.000 euros per month to play with iPads; it seems a nice job to me.
    Somebody knows if there are vacancies in Italian Parliament? I should apply for a seat, possibly…

  • ugru

    That is correct.

    We, in Italy, have only retained the original ethimological meaning of “Filibustiere”: irregular military adventurer, Buccanier, Pirate.
    As opposed to “Corsaro” who was a Naval officer which was authorised by the King to conduct sea warfare against the enemy’s commercial fleet.

    In the article you linked about Parmalat for example, “Metodi da filibustiere” means precisely that: harsh, violent and even illegal method to obtain something…

    On the other hand, with time, in English, the word incorporated also the other political meaning, which is absent in the Italian word…

    Is one perfect example of a “false friend” like Confetti, Actually and so on….

  • Chris

    i guess they’re all not interested in doing honest politiks ..

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