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Coming up to election time

With the exception of the ever more sporadic appearances of a certain D'Alema, all the politicians seem to be just the same as they were 10 years ago. Same old faces, saying the same old stuff and chasing a majority.

Let's think about the word majority for a moment. It means one proportion of a group is bigger than another. Thus, in real terms, if we have 100,000 people and 80,000, or 80%, of them have cars, (no, I'll never win any prizes for maths!) you can say that the majority have cars. Simple, clear and logical. Until, that is, you stick a funny word like parliamentary or something like it in front of majority, and cause it to lose all its innocence. This is because it is possible for 10 people out of 10 million to be the majority. You see, if 10 people go to the polls and 8 vote for one party, then that party will have the majority. It will hold power and will represent the wishes of 10 million people. Not exactly true to the concept of majority rule, or even democracy, not really. However, this is effectively what happens in Italy, except that it's even more fiddly in reality. (OK, my example is rather extreme, but I've used it for purposes of clarity.

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The moral. Go out and vote, so at least the majority the politicos' will brag about, will be a real majority.

Who should you vote for? Er, good question. There is either so little difference between some of them or the others appear to be incapable of leading anything, let alone a country, that it's very difficult to make up your mind. To be honest, I'm not sure which, if any party here, actually deserves anything as precious as a vote.

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