Saturday, April 23, 2005

italian switcheroo

the associated press is reporting today that berlusconi, the italian prime minister who resigned a couple of days ago, was just sworn in as prime minister. what? well, it turns out that a common trick for unpopular governments is for the p.m. to "resign", at which point the "president" (mostly a figure-head position) appoints the just-resigned prime minister to form a coalition government. he then appoints different people to leadership roles, hoping that these more popular people can keep him in power. it's all very strange, if you ask me, especially since berlusconi re-appointed virtually all of his old ministers to their old posts. consequence: not a single prime minister has served out a full five-year term in italy in the post-wwii period.

4 Comments:

Anonymous JAC said...

That's right -- 60 governments in 60 years. Complete the following sentence:
Italians change governments more often than they change.... (a) lovers, (b) underwear, (c) cars, (d) all of the above.
Another example of democracy at work -- Italian style.
So, have a glass of red wine and relax. All's right in Italy.

1:53 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

IS THERE SOMETHING WRONG WITH THE SHIFT KEY ON YOUR COMPUTER??? Or, are you imitating ee cummings?

6:28 AM  
Anonymous jc said...

HUH --- Are you referring to the moniker "jac"? If so, the blog simply asked for some way of identifying so I used "jac". But considering his success, I guess it's OK (ok) to be compared to ee cummings.
And since the whole world is watching and reading this, I really didn't want to tip my hand too much.
NOTE: Why is "phil" lower case? A friend of ee........ jc

5:31 PM  
Blogger nate said...

no, jac - he's referring to my practice of not using capital letters in my posts (or comments). i find it more conversational to use lowercase letters. perhaps it's less readable, but i feel justified after reading "a prayer for owen meany".

11:06 AM  

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