Italians voting in Sunday’s referendums could strike a blow against Silvio Berlusconi. The Prime Minister’s party suffered heavy losses in last month’s local elections and he is hoping success will come in today’s vote through people not bothering to turn out. The referendums need 50 per cent plus one vote to go against Berlusconi’s preferences.
Some people want to teach him a lesson, like this woman outside a polling station:
“I hope this vote will cause a crisis in this government. The government won’t fall, but he has to understand that people are fed up.”
Another man said:
“When someone like Berlusconi owns seven TV broadcasters, it’s difficult to inform people. It’s not a matter of right-wing or left-wing, it’s a matter of choosing about important things autonomously.”
The referendum poses questions about the privatisation of water utilities, whether ministers have to attend trials against them and nuclear energy, which is very emotive for many Italians.