By all accounts Beppe Grillo and the Italian "Five Star" movement have upset the olive-cart of Italian politics.
I have to fess up that I didn't put a lot of faith in Beppe's odds; figured his crew were pretty much an Italian version of the Rhino Party or the Pirate Party, i.e. a collection of eccentrics with their hearts in the right place but doomed to the margins.
But what the hell is this? Grillo and his band of non-conformists have overnight become the power-brokers of the Italian body politic. Suddenly austerity and the euro seem vulnerable.
Perhaps democracy is alive after all!
At least in Italy...