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in italy the northern league has the leadership of bossi, who fortunately is a drooling knuckledragger, or he might have more national heft.
if one grew up in the hard-working north, with its hardcore industrial base, one could be swayed in favour of splitting off, mostly because of the mafia and its chokehold on the south. i never heard bossi railing against them though, lol.
bossi is particularly p'o'd right now because his son was failed in high school, so natch it's the fault of too many teachers from the south.
i can imagine the glee that the teacher felt, but that's naughty!
so if bossi weren't barking, i could see the business/politics alliance of the north eventually gaining more power. luckily no other lega leaders have bossi's (evil) charisma, and there is a strong desire to keep the country united throughout the people in the rest of italy, and to stay in the heart of the EU.
bossi's ridiculous excesses have been bad for his health, he's a broken man, yet persists in polluting italian politics with his demagoguery wheezing and whispering where he once bellowed and fulminated, but the rage at the south north of the Po should not be underestimated as token.
the further south you go, the crueller the heat, i believe this has a negative effect on peoples' stamina and ability to make longterm strategic decisions.
the logistics of separation would be far more challenging than in scotland seceding, i think.
bossi conveniently forgets that the workforce that built the north's wealth came from the impoverished south.
the best answer to this national tension would be to roll out solar all over the south and sell the energy to the factories up in the fogzone.
i predict italy will remain united, (garibaldi is practically a saint in the civic brainwash aka education), but will continue to elect the wrong leaders, through unconscious vestiges of residual desire for the simplistic absolutism of the defunct monarchy.
same reason we look for an EU president...
bad idea, imo, cult of personality/celeb-worship, media games galore, constructing and destroying pedestals for the dubious sake of public 'entertainment.'
less bread, more circuses...
'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
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