Monday, January 21, 2008

Government of Madmen Commits Suicide

Apropos to yesterday's post, the Italian government is near collapse. Italy's 61st government since 1945, the government of Prime Minister Romano Prodi, suffered a staggering blow after Justice Minister Clemente Mastella resigned when his wife was Sandra Lonardo was put under house arrest.

Lonardo, a politician in Compania, is being investigated in connection with an alleged corruption scandal in the Campania region healthcare system. Mastella claims his wife is innocent and the order to detain his wife was a "violent and unjust attack." Mastella is head of the Catholic Udeur party, part of the center-left alliance, the foundation of Prodi's government. Prodi held only a one-seat majority in the Senate.

Canny elder statesman and seven time Prime Minister, Giulio Andreotti, 88, told La Repubblica "I really didn't calculate this ... I didn't understand that without my vote, the government would fall."

For the entire nine months of Prodi's most recent government, internal bickering plagued his ability to get anything done. While the garbage piled-up in Naples to such levels Hercules would be hard pressed to clear the mess, Rome fiddled with maintaining troops in Afghanistan and the expansion of a US military base in Italy. Two Communist Senators refused to back the Prodi government that triggered a series of events that ended with Mastella's resignation.

The conservative newspaper, Il Foglio, ran the headline "Government Commits Suicide: Italy Humiliated". Foreign Minister Massimo D'Alema said, "We are a nation of madmen."

Italy's business lobby leader, the chairman of Fiat and Ferrari, Luca Montezemolo, said that the parts of the country that are working well are leaving Italian politics behind. With the economy growing, it is the businessmen who are exhibiting the excellence of which the nation is capable.

Montezemolo told reporters in Bologna, "The risk is that there may be Italians, but there may not be an Italy."

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.


Gayle said...

Sounds to me like the Italian peple will be better off, Indigo, but I really don't know much about Italy. Well, that's not completely true. I know quite a bit about it historically, but am not up on their current affairs.

Gayle said...

Italian "peple." LOL! I sound like a foreigner. :)