Monday, February 25, 2013

Italian election

1.30 am According to the Financial Times, Italy is in for a troubled period and probably a second election very soon.
Italy was on Monday night staring at a period of prolonged political instability following a general election in which voters delivered a resounding rebuff to austerity policies with little hope of any party mustering a governing majority.

The upstart anti-establishment Five Star Movement, founded only three years ago by the comedian-blogger Beppe Grillo, was on course to stage the biggest shock by garnering the largest number of votes of any single party. With all but 2 per cent of polling stations reporting, the grassroots movement was leading on 25.5 per cent, a few thousand votes ahead of the centre-left Democrat party.

But the nation was torn three ways between Mr Grillo and his band of political novices, Pier Luigi Bersani’s centre-left coalition and Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right alliance, raising the prospect of a second election within months.
None of this would matter if whoever gets elected would not be part of our real government as well.

Going on as we speak or as I write this. The Grauniad is updating, should anyone be interested enough to care. Looks like Berlusconi might be back. Personally, I would prefer a real comedian like Grillo.

UPDATE: Der Spiegel thinks that the Centre Left under Pier Luigi Bersani may have won a majority in the Lower House but not in the Senate. A gridlock, in other words, like most streets in Rome.

1 comment:

  1. Indeed so...but what is worrying about Grillo's party of course is that once elected the senators will probably just do as they will. I could not help but ponder a comment about one (reasonable) idea of the election platform when put to one of his probable senators...response was (and I paraphrase), "well that's Beppe, we probably won't do that"...and there you go. Promise of referendum on euro? (I wait to hear: "well we think we need to work with our partners in Europe to ensure harmony, so we will be enhancing our co-operation with the EU institutions to ensure that blah blah" - fill in the words of David Cameron et al).