Silvio Berlusconi Dies Aged 86

If, like Guido, you think democratic success in the age of mass media and now social media is to a degree about providing panem et circenses, there is no doubt that Silvio Berlusconi was a master of the business. He was a showman who built a mass media business that he used to buttress his frequent grasp on power. He made the Italian right competitive, uniting the various parties despite the volatility of Roman politics. He was an extraordinary force and a flawed individual. Riposa in pace Silvio.

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Italian PM: Afghan Crisis “A Thorn In The Very Existence” of the EU

In light of the Afghan migrant crisis, Italian PM Mario Draghi is now questioning whether the EU is even fit for purpose, claiming “nobody has a clear strategy” on handling the influx of refugees, and criticising the bloc’s inability “to manage such crises”. You know the solution Mario…

Lamenting the fact both Austria and Hungary are refusing to accept more refugees, Draghi said:

“Europe, united by many principles, is unable to tackle the problem and this is a thorn in the very existence of the bloc… Nobody can claim to have a clear strategy at this stage. Nobody has a road map.”

Still, maybe an EU army will solve all their problems… 

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Who is Vaccinated More Important than How Many

In Boris’s statement this morning, the Prime Minister emphasised how important it is to vaccinate the vulnerable first, not the healthy. The NHS strategy to lift pressure on hospitals in order to then lift restrictions on the population requires the vulnerable are at the front of the queue. The Prime Minister made it clear that:

“The average age of covid fatality is over 80, it is significant that we have already vaccinated more than 650,000 people in this age group, meaning that in 2-3 weeks, almost one in four of this age group will have a significant level of immunity.”

By contrast, while as of today Italy has carried out 250,000 vaccines, just 10,295 over 80 year olds have received a dose whereas 71,568 under 40s have. This is where the particulars matter more than the headline numbers. Vaccinating lower age bands has no where near the same effect to reduce the death toll and hospital pressure than vaccinating the elderly.

The reason schools have closed is not because teachers are at high risk, but because if there is more community transmission – which sadly is boosted by schools with this new variant – the virus then finds it easier to make its way to the vulnerable. MPs calling for teachers to jump the queue will only end up extending the lockdown.

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Salvini Ramps Up Anti-EU Rhetoric Over Coronavirus

Feeling against the EU is rising in Italy, with Matteo Salvini ramping up his rhetoric against the organisation, blaming it for not helping – and even hindering – Italy’s Coronavirus response. Although no longer in Government, Salvini is riding ten points above his rival parties in the Italian opinion polls. When the next election comes, he’s more likely than not to become the next Prime Minister of Italy. That’s why this tweet really matters…

“Once the virus is defeated, the rediscussion of this Europe and of Italy’s role will be a must, at least in terms of public debate. Nothing came to the rescue of Italy from the EU and indeed blackmail, trade wars, blocking masks, agricultural products, truck drivers.”

Buy shares in Italexit…

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Glimmer of Better News from Italy, Peak May Have Passed

After some 64,000 cases, Italy looks finally to be succeeding in “bending the arc” and passing the peak. For the second consecutive day, new recorded cases are lower than the day before. Today’s death toll was 601, yesterday was 651 and the day before was 793. If this trend continues the daily death toll could be minimal within 2 weeks…

UPDATE: Italy’s Civil Protection Agency chief, Angelo Borrelli, is reported as saying that “a ratio of one certified case out of every ten is credible in his country.” This would bring the estimated number of coronavirus cases in Italy closer to 640,000 rather than the confirmed number of 63,927 of which 6,077 have died. Less than 1%.

UPDATE II: Italian authorities have sadly just announced 743 new deaths, higher again than in the last two days  The growth rate of positive cases is in single digits for a second consecutive day (+8.2%). The growth rate of new patients admitted to hospitals and ICUs (~+6%) is also coming down. Hopefully the downward trend will re-assert itself.

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Italy In Recession, Eurozone Stalling, Britain Growing

The Italian National Institute of Statistics has confirmed that Italy is now in recession. In the final two quarters of 2018, the Italian economy shrank by 0.1% and then 0.2% respectively, and the Italian Prime Minister has stated that he expects the recession to continue this year. Things are getting worse…

Growth for the Eurozone as a whole sat at just 0.2% in the last quarter of 2018, half the speed of UK growth. Despite Brexit…

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