This afternoon, the new Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi addressed the Senate in order to have the appointment of his Government ratified.
He had the nerve to say that it was going to be the last vote of that kind by the Italian upper house, since he is going to permanently dissolve the Senate via a constitutional reform.
Let’s clarify that Mr Renzi is not going to assume dictatorial powers. The Parliament will stay and have the final word on laws, governments and budgets, but it will be centered on the lower house, the House of Deputies.
In respect to the magnitude of the task, however, Mr Renzi is going to attempt something that only Mussolini at the zenith of his power was able to accomplish when he dissolved the House of Deputies and replaced it with the rubber-stamp Fascist and Corporative House.