Tired of bunga-bunga
December 13, 2010 4:39 AM Subscribe
Italy’s government teeters on the brink:
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tomorrow (Tuesday) a no-confidence vote should decide whether we have another three years of bunga-bunga partying
, "escort" (= prostitute) scandals
and international gaffes
from the leader of this NATO partner and founding EU member
, or whether Silvio Berlusconi will be sent home. Some think it’s a hilariously stupid
(SLYT) to suggest he might step down.
Meanwhile, with the line-up more or less neck-to-neck, one leading (but vehemently anti-Berlusconi) daily states that the outcome depends on the vote of one MP
(link in Italian) already repudiated by his own party and under investigation for fraud, plus (give or take) a couple of advanced pregnancy cases and an alleged “transfer market
” in votes. And the Constitutional Court has just announced that the decision on whether the law
Berlusconi’s government pushed through, to protect him (and three other senior figures) from prosecution while in office, is or is not contitutionally valid will now not be taken tomorrow (the hearing was scheduled before the vote of confidence was tabled)
but adjourned until January
. If the law is deemed unconstitutional, presumably police will be waiting with handcuffs ready
MPs will of course find it difficult to bring down the government and provoke snap elections, when this could mean giving up a well-paid job
and - if they serve a full term - a lifetime pension.
Helpfully, a professor at the American University of Rome writes an enlightening blog
to explain the ins and outs in English.