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How many locals can be against a project before it should be put to a referendum?

If the alternative is state thuggery, any number   0 votes - 0 %
The law is final, and once cast, should be enacted without suffering protests or delays   0 votes - 0 %
If companies go over budget, taxpayers should be billed.   0 votes - 0 %
If companies go over budget, the difference should come out of their profits   1 vote - 100 %
If forecasts are proved way off, those wrong should be penalised if subsequently shown to be in cahoots with developers   0 votes - 0 %
Pancakes   0 votes - 0 %
1 Total Votes
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I put some line feeds in, cut a long repeated passage, and made the links go to the precise entry in Grillo's blog.

It would have been better to make shorter quotes and send us to read the piece at Grillo's.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Jul 6th, 2011 at 05:16:01 AM EST
thanks, afew.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Jul 6th, 2011 at 05:34:08 AM EST
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Another Italian take:

Holes in the great train network | Presseurop (English)

Each day, a train 750 metres long leaves Barcelona station in Spain for Lyons in France. It moves at 40 kilometres per hour, which is slow, but speed isn't the primary virtue of rail freight. It will arrive at its destination in fifteen hours, a journey time only dreamed of a year ago. The line is aging and, in particular, there is a problem with the rail gauge which required moving the freight onto new cars at the French border. Madrid operates full steam ahead

The Spaniards worked at record speed to fix the rails and, in December, a first convoy of container cars crossed the Pyrenees. Scheduled at three per week at first, there are now seven per week, thus contributing to lower air pollution and reduced road traffic. Today Spain is considering doubling the convoy timetable, convinced that supply will create demand.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Jul 6th, 2011 at 04:01:55 PM EST

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