Sunday, January 23, 2005


Fausto Goes Shopping

Joy Of Knitting provides a glimpse into the unreconstructed world of the Italian Left:

Romano Prodi has recently presented his program for a centre-left government together with Fausto Bertinotti, the leader of Rifondazione Comunista, Communist Re-foundation (the name says it all). To win the elections Prodi needs the votes RC would bring him, so what Fausto wants Fausto will get. The list is impressive, if somewhat frightening. Heavier taxation, plus new taxes; confiscation of property, especially second houses, to house immigrants; total breaking up of relationships with the US and Israel, a resolutely anti-American, anti-Israel policy, and alignment with France, Germany and Spain; gay marriage, plus politically correct decisions about fashionable issues of choice; repealing of all laws passed under Berlusconi; nationalization of FIAT, Italy’s biggest car manufacturer; and last but not least, those living in large houses will be obliged to take in immigrants and their families as guests.
You could play a game of billiards on their learning curve.