The votes have been counted in Italy and the referenda on Silvio Berlusconi seems to have gained the will of the people. In celebrations all over the country since Sunday the people’s clamor against nuclear power, the privatization of water supplies and the Prime Minister’s claim to immunity from prosecution have presented a very united popular front with 95% of voters making their voices heard. This is in addition to greater than 57% of voters turning out which means that by their system a quorum has been reached so that these votes in fact become law. NPR says this is the highest voter turnout since 1995, the last time such a quorum had been reached.
Exciting news. The Northern League, Berlusconi’s partner in coalition in parliament now says that the country needs more economic stimulus and less centralized power. Some American viewers may find these ideas familiar if a little tardy. But while, it used to be said ‘as Italy goes, so does Europe’, the people in the US have now another example pointing out clearly, plainly, without spin, ‘if we can do it, why won’t you?’

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