Panama

John Paul Rathbone

Businessmen run companies, technocrats run bureaucracies, and politicians run governments. Sometimes they cross-over roles – which sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t. Silvio Berlusconi was a businessman-turned-politician – and that clearly didn’t work for Italy. Mario Monti is a technocrat who has taken Mr Berlusconi’s place – hopefully he will. I had such thoughts in mind as I listened to Ricardo Martinelli speak at a conference in London this week.