Italian government – insider’s insight

Although this phrase is sometimes attributed to Benito Mussolini, it was most likely uttered by Giovanni Giolitti (1842 –1928), an Italian statesman who served as Prime Minister of Italy five times. Supposedly, when asked by a journalist whether it was impossible to rule Italy, Giolitti replied, “It is not impossible. It is useless.”

For many Italians this about sums up everything there is to know about their government and the state of affairs in their beautiful country. It is not surprising that politicians in Italy can go relatively unscathed through endless scandals (Silvio Berlusconi is a perfect example). Who cares about people involved in a useless endeavor, right?

If you would like to know the exact quote as it sounds in Italian, here it is:

Governare l’Italia non è impossibile, è inutile.

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