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No politicians in new Italian govt

2011-11-17 10:03

Rome - Italian Premier Mario Monti has formed a government of bankers, diplomats and business executives, saying the absence of politicians in his Cabinet will spare political parties the "embarrassment" of taking the tough decisions needed to steer the country from financial disaster.

The 68-year-old former European Union competition commissioner and his Cabinet were sworn in on Wednesday at a solemn ceremony at the presidential palace that formally ended Silvio Berlusconi's 3 1/2-year-old government and the media mogul's 17-year-long political dominance.

Monti faces his first major hurdle on Thursday when he presents his legislative agenda to parliament and subjects his government to a confidence vote in the Senate. The vote in the lower Chamber of Deputies is expected on Friday.

Comments
  • PB - 2011-11-17 10:32

    Hello, ANC, does this sound like something you should be considering? OK, we can dream....

  • MastersVoice - 2011-11-17 10:48

    Imagine a world with no politicians! If we had no career politicians, we would not have idiots calling for nationalizing mines, land grabs and other insane yet politically popular concepts.

  • koos.kroep - 2011-11-17 10:54

    Now this is interesting. Chuck out the politicians because they screwed up. I like - thumbs up.

  • droplet - 2011-11-17 11:04

    yeah, because bankers have left the global economy in such a good state. oh, wait...

  • Kolobe - 2011-11-17 11:19

    Won't make much of a difference, these are the very same people that brought about the recession .decision making boils down to individuals and not their backgrounds

  • Roberto - 2011-11-17 11:31

    People who actually have a say in the economy, run a country?.... That's real old school!!!

  • Bigrp - 2011-11-17 11:44

    Difference is; this guy was not elected to office. When you are elected, you have no choice but to "reward" certain senior party officials with government positions, otherwise they might not support you in the next election... this happens in every country with democratic elections.

  • cyanideandhappiness - 2011-11-17 11:58

    Sorry guys, but I call bull on this. It's the bankers and business executives who are responsible for the massive amount of corruption in these governments (including our own). All this guy has done is bypassed the politician front group barrier and just put the nasty buggers directly in charge. They will continue to loot the country for their own personal gain and agenda. Let me ask you a question: Why aren't there any engineers, programmers, scientists, economists(although I dont favour these guys but still) and professors in charge? People with skill sets who have careers that aren't defined by how much they own but rather a deep skill set and long journey of experience behind them? Surely those people are the ones with the right skills and interests to build and maintain things? All these people care about is money and they have absolutely no other practical skills whatsoever. Fail. Again. I am disappointed in you world.

      E - 2011-11-17 12:44

      "All these people care about is money" ... well, isn't that what it is all about - sorting out Italy & Europe's money problems? Are you seriously suggesting that counting, accounting & auditing are not "practical skills"? How do you think your salary/income reaches you? A sprinkling of fairy dust from the moon?

      cyanideandhappiness - 2011-11-17 13:38

      No, I'm saying these guys aren't interested in repairing the ailing economy, and when it comes down to money, they obviously aren't very good at the accounting side of things, seeing as they are business executives and not accountants. And with regards to the bankers, those guys only know how to run a dying financial system that they and their predecessors built, which prints money out of nothing, and judging by the state of the world economy, it's definitely not built to be sustainable. And yes, the financial problems are the main focus here, but if engineers were running the world, I bet we'd see more sustainable farming, reliable infrastructure, ACCOUNTABLE BANKS and flying cars. All these guys know how to do is crunch money sequences, day in, day out. And look where the economy is because of it. Lastly, I have much respect for the dear accountant where I work who puts through my salary every month and keeps the company's finances on track. But truth be told, we are a team, without me to produce the software systems we sell, there would be no money for her to work with, and without her, I would be lost as I would not have the time or knowledge to manage the finances and do my job. The CEO at my company is himself very experienced in software, and my direct boss is an electrical engineer. Because of this, our company is growing and successful. A government needs people in all fields, does that not make practical sense?

      Pierre - 2011-11-17 13:41

      Ever thought that these Business Executives, might just be " engineers, programmers, scientists, economists(although I dont favour these guys but still) and professors"

      cyanideandhappiness - 2011-11-17 14:04

      Yes indeed, as I just said that my two seniors in my company are both well educated in practical fields, with years of experience! But when it comes to people placed in government to run the said government, surely their qualifications should be mentioned and not the plain simple and rather useless fact that they are wealthy execs. Why is there no mention of the practical implications of their selection and the skills they bring to the table. Telling me a bunch of bankers, diplomats and execs are running my government would mean absolutely nothing to me. They are the politicians of the business world. You make a good point Pierre, but it just seems backwards in my opinion. Shame on a world that gives bankers and wealthy business execs all the favour and faith instead of insisting on knowing that a technically proficient team of people with diverse skills is in charge and insisting on the finer details of those skills. That is all I am trying to say here.

  • shoes.tsipane - 2011-11-17 12:33

    No more deployment because of your political background, you must go to school to find a Job.

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