As the recession hits globally, Romans are taking to the streets, much like they’ve done with their talking statues, to express their opinion. This is the last photograph from my evening in Trastevere and both signs talk about two current issues in Italian politics. The sign on the left (though I can’t make out the last word) deals with the reduction in service by Alitalia at Milan’s Malpensa airport. Another commentator added that they’ll probably eventually leave Rome as well. The sign on the right talks about the newly introduced Social Card, which has caused some controversy here. Essentially it’s a card pre-loaded with €40 a month to help cover expenses and was originally designed to help the elderly, but is now being extended to lower income families. The sign writer says that in addition to the Social Card they should also give out sexual favors (of the oral kind, if you get my drift).
Times are tough here for a lot of people, as it is globally I imagine. Read a few more opinions about the Social Card, which has not gone over with as much enthusiasm as I’m sure the politicians had hoped.