Morphing into full vamp-face is as nothing in effect when compared with the visceral distaste induced by watching Italian political parties justifying their continued drawing upon tax-payer funding. The last tranche of the more than 2 billion euro payout for this legislature is due.
Without it the Partito Democratico - centre-left, ie. left-over communists and socialists, mixed with triangulating centre opportunists, will become insolvent. They seem to have spent their share of our money on travel, hotels, conferences in various more desirable parts of Italy and the world; a steady stream of petty upgradings of their politicians' and apparatchiks' living standards. The Northern Leagues went for gold ingots, diamonds, villas, central city appartments and supporting the Bossi family and friends with handouts, business start-ups, and jobs all round. The Partito della Liberta' have a more bunga bunga approach to spending our money.
The Prime Minister now stands accused of running not a 'technical' government backed by a grand coalition in Parliament to straighten out the economy and deal with welfare debt, but a full blown political administration that is taking on the real problems of the country: an enormous submerged black and grey economy; organised criminality embracing the judiciary and local governance (towns and cities are having their administrations suspended from Ventimiglia to Palermo for mafia involvement); what looks like an entire programme of arrests for clan and family heads of organised criminality - they're hauled up into the daylight from their underground hidey holes at least once a week on the Eight O'Clock News with Carabinieri officers wearing 'at last' expressions and toting submachine guns; bemused-looking diners, shoppers, yacht owners, Ferrari drivers looking for their receipts under the gaze of Financial police (with golden wings on their hats!); and night after night enraged trade union special interest groups join various professional -well, guilds, I suppose - spitting various kinds of moral high ground venom and demands that their particular interest group's ends and means should continue to deny the rest of the potential workforce a chance of a reasonable job, pension, health service, business start-up.
The population is cheering him on. He's committed to no more austerity and the use of all his Executive power - which is considerable - to lower taxes once the evaders' revenues are in the kitty, lose the regulations designed to keep economic activity for the privileged and connected, bring Italy's highly-skilled, and largely maintained in functioning groups during the recession, workforce into productive contact with the European economy (indeed the international economy, given the high propensity to export to the rest of the world).
The trouble is he's determined not to continue past this year. The disgraced political parties have been warned to clean themselves up and sort out their relationship with the institutions of the state - you know, Parliament, the Judiciary, the Constitution, the Law, the People - and stop setting themselves up as all those things if not more.
So now we can see them as they really are, fighting for their kind of Italy; our country that they nearly bankrupted in their incompetence and corruption; their incorrigible, self-seeking pursuit of personal gain. By next May there will be elections for the new Legislature and for the new Head of State. Both the Prime Minister and the President have stated they are not available again. And we, the people, will not put up with political parties as they were (and still are trying to remain).
It took four months for the present Prime Minister to pull the economy and public finances into some semblance of order, to get the rules of the game sorted out, to vanquish the vicious vested interests. But the minute the politicians saw a little room for themselves they are rushing to fill it with their usual poison. In the end their funding must be cut off. It's the only way to kill them so we can have parties that depend upon public support and answer to our political choices.