ITALY: The Gadfly

With election day only three weeks off, the fog of political oratory shrouded the Italian peninsula. In one 24-hr, period last week Italy was subjected to no less than 20,000 campaign speeches. To some of the candidates it seemed that the bulk of these had been delivered by a single man: brilliant, persuasive Liberal Party Leader Giovanni Malagodi, 53.

Malagodi's party, which has a proud past, is today one of the smallest (13 seats) in Italy's Chamber of Deputies, cannot muster sufficient money or manpower to match the lavish campaign efforts of its...

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