Saturday 20 January 2018

James Downey: Who could blame bruised and broken Mario Monti for wanting his life back?

Mario Monti
Mario Monti
James Downey

James Downey

MARY Harney once famously said that the worst day in government was better than the best day in opposition.

Mario Monti does not agree. After a brief but bruising spell as prime minister of Italy and a crushing defeat in the recent general election, he says that he can't wait to leave office once a new government is formed.

At one time, he enjoyed an approval rating of 70pc. Lately, it has fallen to a miserable 8pc. Italians have turned their thumbs down on austerity and technocratic government.

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