I type this post as I watch the Porta a Porta election edition. At 2300 hours the official confirmation is finally obtained – the Popolo della Liberta party led by Berlusconi has won the elections. It will govern in coalition with Umberto Bossi’s Lega Nord. The PdL-LN coalition has a lead of nine percentage points over the Partito Democratico – Di Pietro coalition. The Italians have voted for a simplification of the system of representation and a myriad of smaller parties have been cut out of parliament. There is no denying that this will benefit Italian politics but even with this minimisation of parties represented in parliament it remains interesting to notice that Italians still voted for two “radical” parties to be represented on both sides.
Both Bossi’s party and Di Pietro’s will be represented and were an important element in these elections. While recognising the importance of the practical element of the “useful vote” a substantial amount of voters used their vote to endorse different elements than the two main formations (PdL and PD). They had a choice and they used it.
More analysis later.
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