Monday, 26 November 2012
These are the Men, the Very Fat Men (and Women) Who Water the Workers' Beer
and this is the man who's scrapping them, Matteo Renzi, mayor of Florence.
Renzi's people say their returns are:over 4 million votes cast, with Renzi within 5% of Bersani, despite a gross under-provision of polling centres in likely Renzi areas (such as Florence citta', where we waited up to two and a half hours to register and vote).
Bersani supporters sneer that Renzi is the candidate of the centre right. Renzi took Tuscany with over 55% of the vote - in the province of Arezzo he took over 60% - sweeping up Siena, Grosseto as well. Umbria is one of the regions they're trying not to count. And in Milan counting has slowed to a stop.
For a measure of the scale of Renzi's achievement here are the detailed results, comune by comune, for the province and city of Siena (chosen both because it is usually deepest red and because it is well-known to readers in England).
Renzi has won in red Umbria taking: Perugia, Foligno, Città di Castello, Assisi , Spoleto, Spello, Sellano, Sigillo, Montefalco, Panicale, Castel Ritaldi.