Silvio Horror Picture Show

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Showing on all screens in Italy the “Silvio Horror Picture Show”. By now we are at the hundredth episode and people can’t stand it any longer. A bit because of the heat, the heels, the greasepaint, the head of tar. He spends every Saturday morning with his lawyers to defend himself from the magistrates. 798 prosecutors or magistrates were dealing with him between 1994 and 2006. All ideologised, metastasis of democracy, all communists. On Saturday morning the people however spend their time pulling in their belts and reading about the trials of the defendant Silvio Berlusconi in the newspapers. The people have other things to think about. Work, security, the house, debts. But since 1994 without respite they’ve had to deal with a bloke who has problems with the law, who is a member of the P2, who has occupied the media thanks to the fugitive Craxi. People are asking: “If he had been a regular citizen would he be in prison already?” And again: “Is the President of the Council paid to solve the problems of the country or just his own?”
PS. There’s dynamite in the stove. I repeat: There’s dynamite in the stove.

Today's Financial Times says:
“Oh no, not again
Once more, Berlusconi’s focus is on himself and not Italy
Silvio Berlusconi has been in power in Italy for almost 50 days. Watching his new government in action is a bit like sitting down to view a bad old movie again. When the Forza Italia leader last ruled Italy from 2001 to 2006, he spent too much time legislating to protect himself from prosecution and too little reforming Italy's sluggish economy. It is too early to make firm judgments, of course. But Mr Berlusconi's latest essay in government already has the makings of another horror show.
Once again, the 71-year old prime minister is spending much of his political energy legislating to protect himself from Italy's public prosecutors. He wants to pass a law that would suspend for one year most court cases where the alleged crime carries a sentence of more than 10 years. If this law is passed, it would scupper a trial due to start next month in which Mr Berlusconi is charged with paying $600,000 to his British lawyer, David Mills. Needless to say, the opposition has dubbed the legislation the "save the premier law".
Mr Berlusconi does not stop here. He is also trying to introduce a law that would give immunity from prosecution to the top office holders in the Italian state, including himself. Such legislation would be unthinkable in most western states and was deemed unconstitutional by Italy's supreme court when Mr Berlusconi last tried to introduce it in 2004. Now he is back in office, Mr Berlusconi is having another go.
All this would be of modest interest if Mr Berlusconi were expending the same amount of energy reforming Italy's sluggish economy. But here, too, fears are mounting. Last time he was in power, one of Mr Berlusconi's worst errors was to let Italy's deficit and debt levels spiral out of control. One wonders if we are about to see the same again.
The Berlusconi government last week introduced a budget that will see the public deficit rising from 1.9 per cent of gross domestic product in 2007 to 2.5 per cent in 2008. The rise may be justified by low economic growth; but there is no sign yet that this government is maintaining a tight grip on public spending.
For Italy's sake, things must improve from here. The country has one of the slowest growth rates in the eurozone. It needs serious, responsible government to turn the economy round. Mr Berlusconi yesterday said Italy's public prosecutors had subjected him to an endless "Calvary". But the only Calvary being suffered in this story is the one endured by Italy, which needs a dramatic reversal in its political and economic fortunes.”

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Does anybody think it is possible that the Economist is wrong, The Financial Times is wrong, the ElPais, the Figaro, and basically all the financial and political press all over the world? Is Berlusconi thinking that he is the only right person in the world? Isn't he seeing he's not just unappreciated and misunderstood but wrong in whatever he is doing, he already did and he will do while as Prime Minister? Is he really thinking he is doing the right thing for the country? Are we seeing any, even slight, sign of improvement of our competitiveness, our relative economic position in Europe? Will we ever see that? All this, the election, the DL he is trying to get approved, must be a joke. The problem is that you should never joke with the lives of millions of citizens of a country. That is the puressence and final distortion of a dictatorship. I am disgusted and sad... poor country of mine. It is a cliche' to say that the country has the leader it deserves, but this is even too much for Italy...

Posted by: Marco Dadda | July 7, 2008 03:10 PM


Does anybody think it is possible that the Economist is wrong, The Financial Times is wrong, the ElPais, the Figaro, and basically all the financial and political press all over the world? Is Berlusconi thinking that he is the only right person in the world? Isn't he seeing he's not just unappreciated and misunderstood but wrong in whatever he is doing, he already did and he will do while as Prime Minister? Is he really thinking he is doing the right thing for the country? Are we seeing any, even slight, sign of improvement of our competitiveness, our relative economic position in Europe? Will we ever see that? All this, the election, the DL he is trying to get approved, must be a joke. The problem is that you should never joke with the lives of millions of citizens of a country. That is the puressence and final distortion of a dictatorship. I am disgusted and sad... poor country of mine. It is a cliche' to say that the country has the leader it deserves, but this is even too much for Italy...

Posted by: Marco Dadda | July 7, 2008 03:09 PM


carissimo ettore se basi la tua vita sul meglio del peggio invece di cercare di migliorare capiresti che il problema e propio che stiamo navigando tra un uragano e un'altro invece di avere un po di calma e se ti sei rotto i coglioni non seguire il blog visto che e un luogo di sfogo e di verita molto nascoste. GRAZIE

Posted by: graziano de luca | June 29, 2008 08:05 PM


Credo veramente che Di Pietro sia un rozzo ignorante che cerca voti solo denigrando l'avversario senza proporre niente di concreto.
E' triste vedere come tante persone continuino ad avere solo un obiettivo comune, ovvero quello di sparlare contro Berlusconi.
Sicuramente questi non è l'Arcangelo Gabriele, ma alle ultime elezioni era il meglio del peggio. Lo hanno votato milioni e milioni di italiani, ero basta rompere i coglioni

Posted by: ettore casiraghi | June 29, 2008 06:39 PM


Hola compañero, estoy intentando conectar todas las webs de tipo social,trabajo,reivindicativo, te pediria que colaborasemos juntos, visitame y mira como puedes anunciarte en mi sitio de una forma totalmente desinteresada. un saludo y animo con la informacion en internet.

LUCHA OBRERA EN INTERNET YA!

http://WWW.LUCHAOBRERA.org

Posted by: LUCHA OBRERA | June 29, 2008 04:02 AM


First steps towards to totalitarianism with a smell of commercialised fascism about it.

Posted by: Rolly Wheeler | June 29, 2008 02:40 AM


Imagine Mandela.

Posted by: lou pacella | June 29, 2008 01:14 AM


Questo video non é piu a disposizione su youtube...

Posted by: Daniele | June 27, 2008 10:56 AM


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