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In next year's Italian election, the line dividing church and state will become a battlefield. Britain has never had an anti-clerical tradition; do we need one now?

By Stella Tillyard   January 2006

When you come back to live in Italy for a while, as I have, you tune in again to the sound of the human voice in the open air, of the hum of bargain and chat in the market and groups of teenagers leaning over parked scooters. Italians talk, and in the night, when there is no one about, they write what they want to say on walls. Graffiti is everywhere. On the morning of 26th May this year, people woke up to a new message. “Grazie Liverpool,” it said, for beating AC Milan, and, more to the point, Milan’s…

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