A geriatric assault on Italy's bloggers
By G8 standards, Italy is a strange country. Put simply, it is a nation
of octogenarian lawmakers elected by 70-year-old pensioners. Everyone
else is inconsequential.
Romano Prodi, the Prime Minister, is a spry 68, knocking off
71-year-old Silvio Berlusconi in last year?s election. President
Giorgio Napolitano, 82, has six more years left on his term; his
predecessor was 86 when he called it quits. In the unlikely event that
Italy declares war, the decision will come from a head of state who
was a month shy of 20 when the Germans surrendered at the end of the
Second World War.