We had received such a tongue-lashing for the last 17 months - public debt over 130% of GDP, tax take far too low, punishment by the markets, irresponsible behaviour and lack of civic pride, international scorn, private selfishness over-riding the public good.....on and on went the elites and the political establishment to the point we were getting sheepish and even considering owning up to these charges.
Napolitano II has saved the day. All the media say he has saved the day, both here and abroad. We must draw lessons from his behaviour: no need to follow the rules, rules have been set aside because of the crisis; our ethical and political stances must embrace the ethical and political stances of those who look to Berlusconi as their embodiment; pragmatic agreement and implementation of compromise on, well, almost everything really, is the act of the good citizen. We must consider our situation and act accordingly, regardless of rules, codes, higher things.
Italians have been returned to our existential comfort zone.