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Well, the sort of left wing parties here managed to win eleven out of thirteen regions in the recent local elections. The representatives of the left wing groups seemed to take this as an indication that the voting masses are not overly happy with the current curator of the living museum. However, the current curator, one Mr B, has not even been slightly perturbed by the poll results. You see, the Italian people are just not clever enough to understand all the good he is doing, but he explains that all will become clear over the next year. Mr B, you see, still has a nice large majority in parliament, so he can go on doing his good deeds, without worrying about little things like the results of merely regional elections.

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