Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Beppe Grillo and the future of democracy

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...

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