What a bunch of wasters!

Italy wallows in a bubble-bath of public debt. Yet take the A1, the nation’s most important transport artery (the only motorway which directly links the capital Rome with the industrial North), and you would be forgiven for asking yourself “well, what did they spend all that money on?” Accusations of public sector waste on a truly heroic scale are not new. The issue first received best-seller treatment in the book La Casta (2007) by Sergio Rizzo and Gian Antonio Stella. The book Mani bucate (2011) by Marco Cobianchi adds further fuel to the fire.