Italians have protested against the status quo…

…by voting down proposed changes to that status quo.

Italy’s system of government needs to be reformed and everybody seems to know that, within and without the country. Instead of doing something to that end, the referendum turned out a vote of confidence in the government, the EU, and the euro.

When Berlusconi tried to reform the justice system, his opponents accused him of seeking immunity from prosecution. That would have been a reasonable price to pay for checking the arbitrary power of the judges and prosecutors. This time around, the message to the political establishment seems to be, “We’d rather you all hanged yourselves.”

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