it’s not unreasonable to hope that Italians take advantage of his ouster and start to prepare — really prepare — for the future.
Over the Berlusconi era they seemed to grow strangely resigned and even accustomed to him; he was reliable kindling for anger and an easy target for ridicule. And they adopted the refrain that there was no release from his chokehold on Italian life because no one had a comparable megaphone and there was no plausible alternative to him.
It’s incumbent on them now to create one. They no longer have any excuse not to.