So far so good in Turin. Olympic Games are working well and the security threat has not materialized.
The Games are also a breath of fresh air in Italy, where the political campaign is nauseating everyone, starting from the very electors.
I wonder how many people can still cope with the image of Berlusconi after he managed to appear on screen more than any other star in the world. I am pretty confident that he could be a new entry for the Guinness Book.
But, his case is lost, as it has been said many times before. Berlusconi does not have political support on the part of his allies. As condors, they are only waiting the moment in which Berlusconi's corpse will be abandoned in the arena.
More importantly, Berlusconi has lost his impact on italian people. Few keep believing in miracles, even though Berlusconi compared himself to the Christ. He just wants to remain at the centre of everyone's attention.
But what really makes a difference, his philosophy, is not appealing anymore. The gap between his image and what he has actually achieved is so big that nothing can cure that hiatus. Not even the extreme use of media or the maquillage of certain politics.
Italy is doing poorly nationally and internationally. That's about it, we don't have to lok very far. The country does not even manage to attract tourists, which is incredible, given the local ressources. The brand, made in Italy is under huge pressure to China and others. Cars have had a very bad time, but more importantly the italian capitalist model based on the family-owner and the aid of the state is collapsing under the european pressure.
An overhaul of the whole system is needed. Nobody believes that Berlusconi is the right person to do this. He's probably the last one. Whether the opposition will be able to deliver on so complicated matters, it is another issue.