Firstly the electorate returns corrupt hard-right crook Silvio Berlusconi to power, then the city of Rome elects a neo-fascist mayor (first right wing mayor since 1943, and I don't think you need to look at Wikipedia to recall what kind of political climate there was in Italy in 1943).
From the outside it is really really hard to imagine how anyone could vote for Berlusconi since he's seems so utterly unfit for public office as he's so bent. But someone's whose views I trust absolutely tells me that many people actually vote for him because he's such a crook and yet he's managed to beat the system so often (read: got himself elected so that he can change the system and thus not get convicted by it). And here I think Romania has corruption problems.
(There is of course a Romanian angle to this whole story, since there are half a million Romanians living in Italy and they will of course suffer greatly in such an extremist political climate)
Mind you, this is not just Italy, since it seems completely possible that today London, a city which prides itself on its multicultural character, looks set to elect a racist mayor. Boris Johnson, a man whose main claim to fame is that he behaves like a buffoon on a regular basis (but then uses that cretinous exterior to hide the fact that he's a really hard line right wing wanker, who uses words like "piccaninny" like he's a slave owner). As a friend memorably described him (and you should look away now if bad language offends) he is a cunt in twat's clothing.
The world's going to hell in a handbasket.
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