By any standards, and whatever happens, Beppe Grillo and the Five Star Movement (M5S) have emerged from Italy's general election as big winners.
of the way the electoral system works – favouring alliances Grillo
shuns – the M5S will not be the overall victor. But projections
suggested it could get more votes than any other party, and could hold
the balance of power in the upper house, the Senate. "Honesty will be
fashionable again," Grillo declared on Twitter, as the projections began