So, for the first time in my life, I’m now living in a country where the government has collapsed. It’s my understanding that because 2 people more than usual voted against Prodi, he decided to resign rather than fight it out.
And oddly enough, I didn’t know this when I went to the grocery store. Indeed, it’s a very sunny day. People are out shopping and running errands. The same two guys that are always outside of the cafe were still outside of the cafe. Nonplussed is what comes to my mind.
So I asked my local expert, Luigi, what was going on, and he said this is normal. Actually, Berlusconi is the only PM that made it all the way to the 5 year term. Really? Hmm, now I’m having a few doubts about this place. But then again, it says a lot that the Italian people really function just fine without a government. No one seems alarmed.
Think of the few times it has happened in our country through either assassination or a resignation. I mean, people still talk about it. And here, well, yes, Luigi at least seems upset and it did make the headlines, but there is no ripple of uncertainty. Indeed, it seems this is certainty.
And here I thought it would be something so glamorous. Wrong again.