Forza Silvio

Posted: October 27, 2012 in This is the Voice of Lefty Reason

The irascible Silvio Berlusconi in the news again this week as his highly colourful tomfoolery caught up with him and he was sentenced to a long (ish) stretch of Italian porridge.  He is a larger than life figure who once sold vacuum cleaners door to door and spent many years as a crooner on cruise ships.  His Forza Italia party has dominated Italian politics for years and Godfather style leadership saw him achieve giddying heights of celebrity and wealth.  He, by his own admission, is “no Saint” but his “Bunga Bunga” parties became synonymous with the new politics; all style, materialism and sleb hanging.  He has had almost countless court appearances accused of fraud, tax evasion and paying for under age sex with dusky Eastern beauties.  His hair transplant, facial plastic surgery and perma-tan give him the impression of a younger version of his 76 year old self and he always appears supremely self confident and in charge.  I would wager a small amount that he will never actually serve his time; instead the game will be played out in courts filled with highly paid lawyers arguing the toss as they collect their several thousand per hour fees and Silvio grins that great big smile that seems to say “…hey, I’m just an ordinary Joe, youse are all just jealous…”  Forza Silvio indeed.

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