The founder of the Five Star Movement envisages a society in which cash will be abolished and all payments will be made with cards.
Beppe Grillofrom his blog, launches his economic proposal to revitalize the country: abolish cash. Proposal that, at least for the moment, does not seem to be appreciated by the Government of Giorgia Meloni.
Beppe Grillo/ web archive-Leggilo
According to the founder of the Five Star Movement, Italy’s goal must be say goodbye to cash. Payments in the future, according to Grillo, will have to take place only with digital systems. The former Genoese comedian reports the example of Denmark, which has been discussed so much these days because of the data on robberies. “Denmark has recorded its first year without bank robberies, as the use of cash has decreased in recent years. In 2021, the Nordic country had just one bank robbery, down from 222 two decades ago, according to data from Finance Denmark. Last year, in 2022, none happened”– le Cricket’s words.
Less cash and fewer workers
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Why this drop in robberies? More checks by the police? No. According to Beppe Grillo, this improvement should be attributed solely to the abolition of cash. The founder of the Cinque Stelle explains that banks have reduced their cash services over time. About 800 bank branches only about 20 are still staffed which manages deposits and withdrawals. The reduction in the number of cashiers in Denmark is largely due to the fact that most payments are made via payment cards or other digital payment options. “Let’s take an example. Definitely one of the many more reasons to be a cashless company“- concludes Grillo. However, another factor is not considered: if the number of bank employees decreases, it means that these people are no longer needed. What will they do? They will be fired going to join the already many unemployed? Since the beginning of its political experience, the Five Star Movement has supported the digital transition towards electronic payments, primarily as a form of combating tax evasion. The Conte government had two also introduced the cashback – eliminated by Mario Draghi – which aimed precisely at extending the use of payment systems other than cash. The Government of Giorgia Melonion the other hand, seems to have slightly different ideas and promotes freedom of everyone to pay – within a maximum limit – as they prefer.