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Enrico Letta to be Italy's new Prime Minister. How long will this government last?


Sync

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Enrico Letta named Italy's prime minister designate | World news | The Guardian

Italy took a big step towards ending two months of political paralysis on Wednesday as Enrico Letta, the deputy leader of the centre-left Democratic party (PD), was named prime minister designate and tasked with forming a broad coalition government involving Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right party.

Speaking after a meeting with the newly re-elected president, Giorgio Napolitano, Letta said he would endeavour to muster enough support for a "government of service to the country" that would prioritise the economic struggles of ordinary Italians and move away from an EU-led focus on austerity policies he said were "no longer sufficient".
God. Letta's still technically deputy leader of the PD after Bersani decided he'd rather drink Hemlock than go in with Silvio. Now we have a situation where we're going to have grand coalition including Silvio's party. Letta says he's going to focus on the economy and political reform. I'm betting part of that reform is to provide immunity for sitting politicians from prosecution...

So now you've got left and right in govt together. How long can this possibly last? In Italy of all places?

I give it 8 months. I'm optimistic.
 


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Enrico Letta named Italy's prime minister designate | World news | The Guardian



God. Letta's still technically deputy leader of the PD after Bersani decided he'd rather drink Hemlock than go in with Silvio. Now we have a situation where we're going to have grand coalition including Silvio's party. Letta says he's going to focus on the economy and political reform. I'm betting part of that reform is to provide immunity for sitting politicians from prosecution...

So now you've got left and right in govt together. How long can this possibly last? In Italy of all places?

I give it 8 months. I'm optimistic.
It is unfortunate Spitting Image are not still on the air. They would have a field day with this one.

This will go one of two ways.

1. it will be the calmest government ever as no one will want to say a thing in case all hell breaks loose.

2. all hell will break loose at some point and will have more sparks, fires, mayhem and chaos that a Carry On film.



I would love to see the reactions from the ECB, IMF, etc, to this one.

Nigel Farage will think it is xmas.

This promises to be pure entertainment.
 

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Ah, it'll last for ages....sure the Italians don't have a history of unstable governments..:rolleyes:
 

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Enrico Letta named Italy's prime minister designate | World news | The Guardian



God. Letta's still technically deputy leader of the PD after Bersani decided he'd rather drink Hemlock than go in with Silvio. Now we have a situation where we're going to have grand coalition including Silvio's party. Letta says he's going to focus on the economy and political reform. I'm betting part of that reform is to provide immunity for sitting politicians from prosecution...

So now you've got left and right in govt together. How long can this possibly last? In Italy of all places?

I give it 8 months. I'm optimistic.
Most of Italy's post war history, up until the collapse of the Christian Democrats and the Socialists in the 1990s, involved grand coalitions designed to keep the Communists out. This new alliance is hardly revolutionary for them.
 

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Ah, it'll last for ages....sure the Italians don't have a history of unstable governments..:rolleyes:
I am kicking myself that my graphics computer is already back in Ireland.

Seriously I think when I get back if this government still exists, I will cartoon it :evil:

If this lasts more than a month, the Pope will probably declare it a miracle.
 

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It won't last when the time is opportune or when he gets into legal trouble Berlusconi will collapse the government.
 

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Enrico Letta named Italy's prime minister designate | World news | The Guardian



God. Letta's still technically deputy leader of the PD after Bersani decided he'd rather drink Hemlock than go in with Silvio. Now we have a situation where we're going to have grand coalition including Silvio's party. Letta says he's going to focus on the economy and political reform. I'm betting part of that reform is to provide immunity for sitting politicians from prosecution...

So now you've got left and right in govt together. How long can this possibly last? In Italy of all places?

I give it 8 months. I'm optimistic.
I bet 50 euro that it would collapse within a year...............god, I hope it does, because I don't have 50 euro.................
 

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Most of Italy's post war history, up until the collapse of the Christian Democrats and the Socialists in the 1990s, involved grand coalitions designed to keep the Communists out. This new alliance is hardly revolutionary for them.
Yeah, but they are different political parties, and they never had to deal with anyone like Grillo - literally.
 

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They don't? God, and there was me thinking that they did.........:rolleyes:
I know my history...that Garibaldi fella, with his red shirts united the country....but his washing ran when he put a black sock in the machine, and their shirts turned black.....and that Benito fella took over.....then, the laundrette lost all the shirts, and the women had to go around in nothing but bras....and that Silvio fella took over.....
 

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Been looking at Italian politics, since Sync posted this.

Seems I may have spoken to soon in my initial comments.

This is the old cronies, vested interests, church approved and bankster lovers, all in one coalition.

Literally everyone in the new government will be in the back pocket of banks, church, vested interests, etc.

They have excluded all the people who want to modernise and change the status quo.

This literally looks like an united last stand by the old guard in Italy.

This government falls, anything will be possible.

This is going to get very interesting.
 

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Two pro-EU empire parties with a history of corruption, pretension, nepotism, waste, fraud, and all round phucking about with other people's money.

They sound perfect for each other. Just like here. Phony left, and phony right. A phony coalition.

The greatest joke of all is the pretence that exists that they differ from each other.

If they were really seriously different from one another GSucks would feel the need to fire one of them.

Italians already have accepted the state for what it is, and live their lives accordingly.

In this country we are still a collection of spineless morons controlled by hardnecked gombeens.
 

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Two pro-EU empire parties with a history of corruption, pretension, nepotism, waste, fraud, and all round phucking about with other people's money.

They sound perfect for each other. Just like here. Phony left, and phony right. A phony coalition.

The greatest joke of all is the pretence that exists that they differ from each other.

If they were really seriously different from one another GSucks would feel the need to fire one of them.

Italians already have accepted the state for what it is, and live their lives accordingly.

In this country we are still a collection of spineless morons controlled by hardnecked gombeens.
Been looking at Italian politics, since Sync posted this.

Seems I may have spoken to soon in my initial comments.

This is the old cronies, vested interests, church approved and bankster lovers, all in one coalition.

Literally everyone in the new government will be in the back pocket of banks, church, vested interests, etc.

They have excluded all the people who want to modernise and change the status quo.

This literally looks like an united last stand by the old guard in Italy.

This government falls, anything will be possible.

This is going to get very interesting.
We need something like the 5-star movement in Ireland - although it would have to look a lot more serious in order to be anywhere near as successful as Grillo has being so far.
 

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Two pro-EU empire parties with a history of corruption, pretension, nepotism, waste, fraud, and all round phucking about with other people's money.

They sound perfect for each other. Just like here. Phony left, and phony right. A phony coalition.

The greatest joke of all is the pretence that exists that they differ from each other.

If they were really seriously different from one another GSucks would feel the need to fire one of them.

Italians already have accepted the state for what it is, and live their lives accordingly.

In this country we are still a collection of spineless morons controlled by hardnecked gombeens.

These are the parties that have kept Italy as a joke since 1945.

From what I am finding out, every cute heur in Italy who has been the bain of small business and entrepeneurs is in that coalition.

Already there are party members occupying the offices of the Democratic party up and down the state. Literally they are going to lose 10's of thousands of supporters, as is Beresconi's right wing party for teaming up with the center left.

The Vatican and Mafia will be loving this coalition, but when it falls, then all bets will be off.

This is bad in the short term, but if they piss enough people off which they are guaranteed to with that government, it could lead to chaos and some change, with some luck.
 

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We need something like the 5-star movement in Ireland - although it would have to look a lot more serious in order to be anywhere near as successful as Grillo has being so far.
The entire Italian opposition is going to be the 5 Star movement. That alone is a major event.

However I think you are right.

We need a break from FG, FF, Labour, ULA, Liberatas, PD, SF, SWP, SDLP, UUP, DUP, Alliance and TUV in Ireland as they have all proven to be less than useless, self serving, cute heur, noses in the troth, vermin, who put there own self interest before the people they serve and the island, in every capacity.

Something new to wipe away the rotten carcass of cute heurism would be a refreshing change, as long as they do not promise Utopia, which they can never deliver.
 

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I know my history...that Garibaldi fella, with his red shirts united the country....but his washing ran when he put a black sock in the machine, and their shirts turned black.....and that Benito fella took over.....then, the laundrette lost all the shirts, and the women had to go around in nothing but bras....and that Silvio fella took over.....
Who says LC History is of no use in later life? Higher level, right? :)
 

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