With corruption scandals dogging practically every party, it's difficult to see how the electorate can have faith in their representatives. And yet, they keep voting for them.
It is a dangerous and illegal move to make.
The former PM has resigned as leader of his party in the hope of returning to the top job. But it hasn't quite gone to plan.
Paolo Gentiloni's government is barely distinct from his predecessor's, and its mandate is desperately thin.
Problems at Monte dei Paschi and UniCredit are bad enough without bail-in rules to contend with.