Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Italian shenanigans

Potentially dangerous populist nonsense being approved shortly before a potentially dangerous populist Prime Minister gets embroiled in an election campaign he's trying to delay while battling (electrical) power crises (prompting only semi-joking suggestions that Russia is trying to help influence the elections), threatening to use the military to break strikes and playing up to nationalist sympathies? Surely not...

An added bonus of delayed elections? A delay to the rules ordering equal media coverage for all candidates in a country where the Prime Minister owns the majority of the media. During a fifteen day period this month, Belusconi was "seen on most major television channels, on talk shows and even on the traffic news, for a total of three hours and six minutes... His opposition rival, Romano Prodi... managed to obtain just eight minutes of television coverage in the same period."

1 Comments:

Blogger Bishop Hill said...

The story says that the law was pushed by the Northern League rather than Berlusconi's lot.

1/28/2006 02:46:00 pm  

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