ITALY: One Man Majority

Potent and almost omnipotent is Signor Benito Mussolini, but not plural. Though he count himself up 1,000 times he must still total himself—one. Last week, however, the cheerful Dictator with the smouldering eyes and confident uplifted chin made the best of his physical singularity by turning himself into a legal majority of 7 in his cabinet of 13.

When the thing had been neatly and swiftly done, Il Duce was—and is—: 1) Minister of Foreign Affairs; 2) Interior; 3) War; 4) Navy; 5) Air; 6) Corporations; and 7) Colonies. Since the Dictator has held the first six of these portfolios...