The government so ardently desired and forcibly installed by Napolitano is now beyond description revolting. The Deputy Speaker of the Senate has called the Minister for equality of opportunity an orangutan. Leading members of his party have called for apologies not to the minister but to orangutans. Napolitano, in an attempt to discard responsibility for the imposition of this coalition protested at the unheard of and degrading insults and was told to be quiet and mind his own business as this is the administration he engineered and sustains.
Napolitano has tried to assert that F35s and their worth and purchase is a decision for him and his puppet Executive, and to push aside Parliament's central decisional importance on expenditure; he has been sharply put in place by constitutional analysts and even his own 'Commission' of constitutional experts but continues to insist that he and his army can do as they choose with their yet-another-special 'Commission', meeting in the presidential palace.
This corruption of politicians posing as an elected government has rendered the wife and daughter of a refugee to Kazahkstan after informal meetings in Sardinia between the Kazahkstan dictator and Berlusconi. Insult was then added to injury by the Italian state declaring the rendition shouldn't have taken place and the wife and daughter are welcome to return to Italy. They have neither passports nor means or permission to go, and who would willingly return, considering the manner of their leaving?
At what level of political and moral degradation any member of the Letta government will resign is a source of speculation. Economic failure, mass unemployment, social repression, law-breaking, state officials' and ministers' racial abuse (it's not just the Minister for Equalities, the illegally rendered wife was attacked by Ministry of the Interior paramilitaries screaming 'Russian whore' as they dragged her out of her house); and the suspension of Parliament for two days in protest at Berlusconi's final appeal being brought forward to deny the statute of limitations cancelling his conviction and condemnation - a suspension supported and voted for by the Democratic party and minor members of Napolitano's coalition administration - has not been enough.
In an appalling way it's technically interesting to watch how a fascist regime is put in place. From London, that is. Even the weather is better here than there.
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