Banning large cruise ships from the centre of Venice reveals this unelected Italian government cares more about UNESCO than Venetians

Above image: I took a photograph of cruise ships docked at the Maritime Station in Venice. On 13 July 2021, the Italian government cabinet passed a decree banning ships of more than 25,000 tonnes, higher than 35 metres and longer than 180 metres from navigating down the Giudecca Canal in the centre of Venice from … Continue reading

Sportscast of Ideas podcast about England and Italy before the football Euro final. Comments by others and me.

This discussion was held on Zoom on 8 July 2021 and broadcast on 9 July before the final of the UEFA European football championship, which was postponed from 2020 to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We reflected on recent matches and made some prediction for the final before it was scheduled for 11 July … Continue reading

The return of foreign tourists to Venice is an opportunity for revival.

The return of foreign tourists to Venice is an opportunity for revival. While walking the alleyways of Venice in May 2020 just after the severe COVID-19 lockdown had ended, I was shocked by how many shops, restaurants and hotels were closed. Although I predicted (https://www.spiked-online.com/2020/03/27/italys-lockdown-has-been-a-recipe-for-disaster/) lockdowns in Italy would cause economic devastation, I was amazed … Continue reading

‘Italy’s populists have betrayed their voters’. My article on politics in Italy, democracy, the EU and responses to COVID-19 published by spiked-online.

This article was published on 19 April 2021. In addition to the political realignments happening in Italy, the current government has now ramped up the largest public debt in the EU and the highest budget deficit in the EU as a percentage of GDP. The EU will not save Italy from the coming storm and … Continue reading

Italy’s government decrees on shipping and cruise ships in Venice include more poor decision-making

Were the government decrees on shipping and Venice issued late on 31 March 2021 and on 1 April 2021 rushed through before the Easter break? When I read about them on 1 April, I thought they were April Fools’ Day jokes. The decree issued on 31 March calls for public consultations and sanctions €2.2 million … Continue reading

“Wird Italien zum Totengräber der EU?” Sabine Beppler-Spahl interviewed me about Italy’s new government and the #EU. Published by Makroskop@FlassbeckEcon

On 10 March 2021, Makroskop published this interview focusing on Italy’s new government, the significant realignments in Italian politics, Italy’s relations with the EU and the impact of the COVID-19 Next Generation EU recovery funds. The full interview in German can be accessed with a paywall here: https://makroskop.eu/10-2021/wird-italien-zum-totengraeber-der-eu/ Here are some of my selected comments … Continue reading

‘Italy’s next unelected prime minister will be…’ My thoughts on former ECB president Draghi as Italy’s PM, published by @spikedonline

This article was published on 9 February 2021. It can be read by clicking on this link: https://www.spiked-online.com/2021/02/09/italys-next-unelected-prime-minister-will-be/ The text of the article is also below: Italy’s next unelected prime minister will be… The prospective appointment of Mario Draghi is another blow against democracy. Dominic Standish Following the fall of Italy’s government on 13 January, Italy’s … Continue reading

‘The Italian government is on the brink.’ My article about the political crisis in Italy published by @spikedonline

This article was published on the afternoon of Monday 18 January 2020 before a vote of confidence in the government in the lower house of parliament later that day. The government won that vote by 321 to 259 votes. But it faced a tougher vote of confidence in the upper house of parliament on 19 … Continue reading

‘Sport Locked Down.’ My Foreword to ‘The Erosion of the American Sporting Ethos … Reconsidered’, by J.N. Rosen, published by TSI Press on 1 January 2021.

This work examines American sport from its traditional roots to the influence of the 1960s-era counterculture and the rise of a post-Cold War ethos that reinterprets competition as a relic of a misbegotten past and anathema to American life. My foreword also considers how sport has been managed internationally in response to the COVID-19 virus. … Continue reading

‘Lockdown is adding salt to Italy’s wounds’. How Italy’s government is making Italians suffer due to its responses to #Covid-19. My article published by @spikedonline

On 26 November 2020, Spiked-online published my article on how Italians have suffered from Italy’s national lockdowns and the government’s responses to Covid-19. It can be accessed by clicking on this link and the text is also below: https://www.spiked-online.com/2020/11/26/lockdown-is-adding-salt-to-italys-wounds/ Lockdown is adding salt to Italy’s wounds The Italian health service failed to prepare for a … Continue reading

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