Democracy is imperfect; but what is the alternative?
The Greek Prime Minister was hounded from office because he proposed putting austerity measures to a referendum. This would never do: the measures would probably have failed to be approved.
He is now replaced by a technocrat, a former EU Commissioner.
Berlusconi has now gone after the approval by the Italian Parliament of an austerity package which was passed at the speed of light.
Who will replace him? Another technocrat - an unelected technocrat.
Strong men for hard times; or the decay of democracy?