The House of Lords dates back to the Middle Ages. Over the time, it has been losing much of its original power, but it is still highly valued by British citizens.

During the republican period ruled by Cromwell, the House of Lords was suppressed. It was reconstituted upon the restoration of the monarchy.

It is considered anachronistic by many. The number of its members is variable.

There are three kinds of people to compose it:

– Lords Spiritual. They are bishops of the Church of England.

– Lords Temporal that sit in the House by hereditary right.

– Lords Temporal that are lifetime members appointed by the queen on proposal of the Prime Minister.

Although the House of Commons has the final say, the Lords have the power to send the law back to parliament for review. That has just happened with regard to Brexit.

Thanks to the prestigious House of Lords, the anti-Europeans have to be patient and wait for a while before claiming victory.

The House of Lords, due to its composition and tradition is unique in the world. It is a powerful break on the excessive politicization of modern society. It is not anachronistic at all. I wish my country had a similar body.

Ettore Grillo, author of these books:

– A Hidden Sicilian History

– The Vibrations of Words

– Travels of the Mind





After Donald Trump won the American elections, many people were frightened, stock markets collapsed, while his supporters enjoyed the victory of a man who appeared to be away from party political games.

Will the world change after Trump’s victory? For ordinary people nothing will change!

The poor will remain poor, the rich rich, the weak weak, the sufferer will continue to suffer, and so on. In other words, whether Clinton had won or Trump, neither of them would have been able to give you a guarantee of happiness and success. Our good or bad luck depends on ourselves, not on external circumstances. Politicians change, but we will always remain the same, with our weaknesses and small victories.

What matters is the inner strength and energy that each one possesses. With this we can better ourselves and the world, without expecting much from those who rule countries.

Ettore Grillo, author of these books:

– A Hidden Sicilian History

– The Vibrations of Words

– Travels of the Mind




I am Italian, and I would have preferred that Britain had not left Europe. Nevertheless, nothing is lost! I am convinced that eventually the UK will remain in Europe for two reasons: because the referendum was only consultative, and because the majority pro-Brexit was by no means overwhelming.

The referendum has left the country split in two halves: the young in favor of staying in Europe, while the older generations have voted for separation.

Obviously, in this delicate matter the opinion of young people carries greater weight, because to them belongs future!

As for me, I cannot imagine Europe without Britain. Centuries of history bind Britain to Europe; even Sicily, which is my island, has a special place in the history of England.

On the slopes of Mount Etna there is the castle of Admiral Horatio Nelson. It is worth visiting, because it is a European heritage which no referendum can wipe out.

Although I don’t do politics, I have my own ideas. For me workers are all equal. Individuals exist; not nations! Everybody has entitled to work and live anywhere in the world, because Earth belongs to everyone, regardless of the country where they were born.

Ettore Grillo, author of these books:

– A Hidden Sicilian History

– The Vibrations of Words

– Travels of the Mind


  A twenty-year-old woman has been burned alive in Papua New Guinea. It seems that she was tortured with red-hot rods before being tied to a pile of tires. Then a bucket of gasoline was thrown to her.

Is this the first case of alleged witches sent to the stake? Of course not! In Europe, in the Middle Ages putting witches to death by burning them at the stake was quite normal.

Not only alleged witches were burnt to death, but also heretics underwent the same doom.

If you happen to go to Rome, visit Campo dei Fiori and you will see the statue of the philosopher Giordano Bruno who was condemned to the stake by the Inquisition.

Nowadays, this kind of execution is relic of the past.

What would I do if I were a ruler of Papua New Guinea? First of all, I would start an educational campaign. In fact, at the base of whatever form of intolerance there is ignorance. I would make the study of morals and law compulsory.

I would teach that nobody can know what is good and what is bad, because they are two sides of the same coin. They coexist in each of us.

I would teach that everyone is convinced to be right and follows his path as a train runs on its railway. We human beings are like that; we follow our tracks and cannot understand the others who have their journey on different tracks.

I would teach that one of the most important achievements of human society is the lawsuit, which is the observance of a procedure before sentencing.

That twenty-year-old woman was condemned without a trial. Who knows if she was a real witch or not! Sometimes, what looks real reveals untrue after a long time, but it is too late to repair the mistake.

Ettore Grillo, author of The Vibrations of Words




All over the world it is known that Italy is coping with the thorny issue of garbage disposal. This problem concerns not only the city of Naples but also my town Enna located in the center of Sicily.
Let us examine the facts. In truth there is a difference between the situation of Naples and my town. Naples is located in Campania, a region where the population density is very high, so it is really difficult to find garbage dumps faraway from built-up areas. My town indeed is located in the center of Sicily and isolated, faraway from other towns. Near Enna there is a very wide garbage dump, so I cannot see why my town is so overwhelmed with mountains of garbage.
Today, when I was walking along the street, by chance, I was interviewed by a national network. They asked me: “Who is the responsible of the chaos of the waste in Enna?” “Politicians” was my answer. Then I continued, “The cause is lacking of culture in politician class, so they are not able to manage the situation”.
Nevertheless when watching the television I saw the report, only the talk of the mayor of my town appeared, and my interview was omitted, it was cut off. Is this democracy? Is this transparency?
The place of my town where I was interviewed is called Napoleone Colajanni square. Napoleone Colajanny was a politician of my town but also a scholar. He was a sociologist. In 1892 he unveiled the scandal of Roman Bank. He wrote books about mafia as well. He was an honest politician. He considered politics as service to people. Nowadays politicians consider politics as service to themselves!
I have written a book “Travels of the Mind”. In it I point out a new way of living. My website is