In the end, the joke's on Italy

Voters have responded to the humorous antics of Italy's government candidates with a sobering message: they're no longer prepared to swallow the bitter pill of budget austerity so readily.

A comedian, a philanderer, a communist and an economist walk into a bar. In Italy, they call that an election. And in Italy, the economist finishes last.

Italian voters have been to the polls and have delivered a damning verdict on their country’s harsh austerity measures of the past year and a half.

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