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Beppe Grillo / Five Star Movement

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After a bit of a flurry following Italy's general election, you don't seem to hear much about Beppe Grillo these days. Does anyone follow what's going on in Italy? What effect does the Five Star Movement have on Italian politics these days?

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After a bit of a flurry following Italy's general election, you don't seem to hear much about Beppe Grillo these days. Does anyone follow what's going on in Italy? What effect does the Five Star Movement have on Italian politics these days?

Mrs XYY has requested that I ask you if the bloke you're on about is the Beppe who used to be in Eastenders...?

She reckons she's not seen him for a while either, and apparently he was "hot" - whatever that means...!

XYY

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Mrs XYY has requested that I ask you if the bloke you're on about is the Beppe who used to be in Eastenders.

She reckons she's not seen him for a while either, and apparently he was "hot" - whatever that means...?

XYY

If Beppe was hot, there's hope for me yet!

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Mrs XYY has requested that I ask you if the bloke you're on about is the Beppe who used to be in Eastenders...?

She reckons she's not seen him for a while either, and apparently he was "hot" - whatever that means...!

XYY

Sorry Mrs X Y Y, I mean the other one.

Edit: By the way, it's not that Five Star either.

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If he's the comedian who told his party members that they would be able to select their own policies upon election, then my Italian colleague tells me he threw his toys out of the pram as kingmaker and the left and right decided to form a coalition without him. I believe his support in Italy has plummeted.

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Edit: By the way, it's not that Five Star either.

Aw, shame.

Mrs XYY and Beppe will just have to wait another minute ...

XYY

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If he's the comedian who told his party members that they would be able to select their own policies upon election, then my Italian colleague tells me he threw his toys out of the pram as kingmaker and the left and right decided to form a coalition without him. I believe his support in Italy has plummeted.

Why would somebody who despises the mainstream parties of both the right and the left want to go into coalition with any of them? The fact that these supposedly opposing parties have been so comfortable in coalition together just proves Grillo right.

I have no idea how the Five Star Movement is doing, but as long as mainstream European political parties continue to stick up for the bankers and the 1%, the stronger the protest movement is going to get.

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I have no idea how the Five Star Movement is doing, but as long as mainstream European political parties continue to stick up for the bankers and the 1%, the stronger the protest movement is going to get.

Like the FN in France, up 5% in the polls and closing in on the Socialists. As a right wing, populist party, they are attracting votes in equal measure from the mainstream left and right parties.

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Beppe from Eastenders - they used to call him: "Beppay!" think he used to drive a Citroen Xantia in it.

Five Star Movement didn't last long in the 80s

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