When it looked like that the British general election would result in a hung Parliament, the Italian people briefly felt some sense of superiority. With the Italicum, the new electoral law drafted by Matteo Renzi’s Government, a hung Parliament would be impossible.
It didn’t last long, however. The Conservative Party won the majority of the seats in the House of Commons, but above all the leaders of the three main defeated parties resigned almost immediately. They were Ed Miliband (Labour Party), Nick Clegg (Liberal Democrats) and Nigel Farage (UK Independence Party). The quick assumption of responsibility by the three was much praised in Italy, where political leaders are always very, very reluctant to resign.
In a recent case, Silvio Berlusconi refused to step down as senator after having been found guilty of fiscal fraud and had to be expelled by the Chamber.