The ‘anti-politics’ movement is apparently gaining ground in Europe. The recent Italian election saw a startling 25% share of the vote for comedian Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement (M5S); it was, he claimed, a blow against the political establishment, against the austere, subservient and technocratic Mario Monti, perceived as a Brussels stooge, and the staid and comfortable centre-left and centre-right parties that supposedly represent the extension of the status quo.

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