Friday, April 18, 2008

Politics: it could be worse, we could be Italians

As Kenyans bewail the sort of politicians that we seem to have been stuck with just contemplate Italy's case.
Since the end of World War 2, they’ve had 62 different governments.
Parliamentary debates are still settled with fistcuffs and hurling of chairs.
The Mafia (a more civilized version of Mungiki) still rules in large swathes of Southern Italy
Corruption is endemic-perhaps why Italians love Malindi so much…
The newly elected Silvio Berlusconi (Italy’s own Pattni) has stood five times, been elected three of them, been inducted on corruptions charges, is largest owner of 3 of the top Italian TV channels and of course owns AC Milan (who were found guilty of match-fixing). And you can throw in one or two cosmetic surgery sessions.

To be honest, the thing that has saved Italy is a culture of strong work ethic allied with strong institutions and especially its judiciary.

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