Sunday, 7 November 2010

The Fall of the Night Club Regime


(Kjpm, Berlusconi?)

[Edoardo Montenegro, Turin] - The Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is facing a new scandal. Italian newspapers reported that on May 27th, at night, he called Milan police to ask the release of a 17 year-old Moroccan girl who was under custody for allegedly stealing cash. The girl - nicknamed Ruby - had previously attended parties at Silvio Berlusconi's villa in Arcore (1).

Did Silvio Berlusconi commit an abuse of power? (2) News reports seems at least to show that his court works relentlessly to satisfy his private pleasures (3).

Admitting his acquaintance with the girl, Silvio Berlusconi simply explained that: "it's better to be keen on pretty women than gay" (4). Silvio Berlusconi's homophobia is probably not naive, his strongest supporters being very sensitive to the 'problem' (5).

In the meantime, polls say that if elections were held with the current electoral law, Silvio Berlusconi - helped by the Northern League - would keep control of the Parliament (6).

As depicted by Eugenio Scalfari, a thirty-year-old process of mass distraction has strengthened the worst instincts of Italian culture, which have become dominant and suffocating (7). Sadly enough, as outlined by Mario Monti, the political show going on simply distracts people from economic and social issues which will determine the future of young generations (8).

Unemployment actually affects 26% of Italian young people: if they do not protest, it is just because their families managed so far to help and protect them (9). Besides, according to the President of Confindustria Emma Marcegaglia, Italy is paralyzed (10).

Silvio Berlusconi is not willing to resign (11), but his fall looks like the slow remake of previous films. Benito Mussolini was a bloody tragedy, Bettino Craxi was a lucrative comedy, Silvio Berlusconi is a night club show.

Are we in for freedom or a new dictatorship?

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(1) Stacy Meichtry, "Berlusconi under fire over runaway", online.wsj.com, November 1st 2010.

(2) Bill Emmott, "After Berlusconi, there'll be no flood of chaos", timesplus.co.uk, November 1st 2010.

(3) Giuseppe D'Avanzo, "L'abuso di potere/6", repubblica.it, November 3rd 2010.

(4) "Berlusconi - 'Pretty women better than being gay", corriere.it, November 3rd 2010 (translation by Giles Watson).

(5) Stefano Folli, "La Lega resta salda, Fini si allontana. E lo stillicidio continua", ilsole24ore.com, November 3rd 2010.

(6) Emilia Patta, "Sondaggio IPSOS-Il Sole 24Ore: il nuovo centro balza al 21%. Quasi un italiano su due sceglie l'astensione ", ilsole24ore.com, November 3rd 2010.

(7) Eugenio Scalfari, "Il bunga bunga che segna la fine di un regno", repubblica.it, October 31st 2010.

(8) Mario Monti, "Quanto tempo abbiamo perso", corriere.it, October 31st 2010.

(9) Ilvo Diamanti, "L'Italia che si aggrappa alla famiglia", repubblica.it, November 1st 2010.

(10) Nicoletta Picchio, "Marcegaglia: il paese è paralizzato, governo senza iniziativa, servono riforme", ilsole24ore.com, October 31st 2010.

(11) Lorenzo Fuccaro, "Frattini: cancellerie preoccupate? Solo dallo stillicidio sulla stabilità?", Corriere della Sera, November 1st 2010.


Related articles in English

  •  Elisabetta Provoledo, "Fresh scandal circles Berlusconi",  International Herald Tribune, November 2nd 2010.
  • Guy Dinmore, "Berlusconi seeks to laugh off latest crisis", ft.com, November 3rd 2010.


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