I expect I will be accused of racism (by some muppet) if I write about the Italian elections, but as Ferrari boss Luca Montezemolo was considering a political career based on the outcome of these elections, it is worth reporting what happened. The electorate failed to produce a clear-cut result, by voting in sufficient numbers for the disgraced former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. On top of this, a whopping 25.5 percent of the vote went to Beppe Grillo, a former comedian, who was standing on an anti-establishment ticket. The favourite left of centre alliance of Pier Luigi Bersani won the election, with 29.5 percent of the votes, but he must now try to find an alliance with Berlusconi (who won 29.1 percent). The problem is that Bersani blamed Berlusconi for Italy’s dire financial situation and cannot seriously go into an alliance with him, without adding to the anti-establishment vote. His only real choice is to strike a deal with the comedian Beppe Grillo, which is verging on the absurd. The option is more elections, but the parties all seem to want to avoid that, either because they fear losing their support or because uncertainty will only add to the country’s troubles. Whichever way you look at it, the election was a rejection of the policies of Prime Minister Mario Monti, who had the support of the international community with his austerity measures, which were deemed necessary to keep Italy – and the Euro – balanced. Monti’s group of centrist groups, which included Montezemolo’s supporters, polled just 10.5 percent of the vote and Montezemolo has played no part in the wheeling and dealing since the vote.