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Reuters, Left Despair At Berlusconi Landslide

From a despondent Reuters:

Italy’s left ponders future after crushing defeat

By Phil Stewart

April 14, 2008

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s centre left lost power on Monday but gloomy supporters like Giuseppe Pelladone will tell you the worst is yet to come.

“The real nightmare is ahead of us,” the 22-year-old student said. “We have five more years of Silvio Berlusconi”.

Berlusconi is the nemesis of the left. The conservative billionaire, who is returning to power for a third time, has proved he has a rare ability in Italy to serve a full five-year term as prime minister. He did so from 2001 to 2006.

The centre left’s fear is that he could do it again, as he promised in his first comments after the election.

That concern deepened the gloom at the centre-left Democratic Party’s headquarters on Monday evening.

In a country where governments since World War Two have on average survived for only about one year, the centre left fears remaining in the political wilderness until 2013.

“I don’t think they knew what they were doing when they voted for Berlusconi. Don’t they realize what this means?” asked Maria Ravastini, standing outside the party’s headquarters. “I only hope that we grow stronger because of this.” …

The hard left also suffered a big blow.

“We must acknowledge this was a defeat, and a significant one,” said communist Fausto Bertinotti, who quit as head of the red-green Rainbow Left alliance which was trounced in the election.

Many centre leftists failed to see any upside. One university student spoke of leaving the country to pursue opportunities abroad.

Italy’s economy is close to recession, consumer buying power is falling and Italians say good jobs are harder to find.

“Other people have left for Spain and France. Maybe I will too,” the student said, declining to give his name.

How is this for objective reporting.

Mr. Berlusconi is chosen by the Italian citizenry in a landslide, and all we hear about is how terrible it all is?

“I don’t think they knew what they were doing when they voted for Berlusconi. Don’t they realize what this means?”

Er, never mind that Mr. Berlusconi should be a very well known commodity to the Italians by now, having been the Prime Minister twice before.

And, heaven forfend, he might bring some stability to Italian politics by remaining power for his full term.

Yet when the Communist Prodi squeaked out a win (with much ballot stealing and stuffing, as well as numerous other irregularities) our watchdog media was dancing in the streets.

Why is that?

Of course we will not be hearing so much about how we rube Americans need to be more like Europe — now that England, Germany, France, and now even Italy are in the hands of “conservative” governments.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, April 14th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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