Let Me through, I’m a Technocrat

by Andrew Stuttaford

Beyond parody: The Economist celebrates Italy’s new technocratic government:

 The new government sworn in on November 16th has the chairman of NATO’s military committee, Admiral Giampaolo Di Paola, as defence minister; the boss of Italy’s biggest retail bank, Corrado Passera, as minister for economic development and infrastructure; and no fewer than seven professors, including the prime minister, out of a cabinet of 17. Mr Monti himself takes the finance portfolio.

Only one of three women in the Berlusconi government had a heavyweight job. All three of those in Mr Monti’s will have onerous responsibilities. Anna Maria Cancellieri, a former prefect, becomes interior minister. Paola Severino, a law teacher and courtroom advocate, is the justice minister. Elsa Fornero, a pension expert, takes employment and welfare. The new government’s only defect may be that it contains no young people.

It is rare for the intellectual firepower of so many technocrats to be trained on a country’s problems.

What could go wrong?

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