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Jeez, talk about idiot takes

Silvio Berlusconi
Bunga bunga and bling aside, Berlusconi’s legacy is a loss of faith in Italy’s political elite

Jon Henley Europe correspondent

That is to assume that Italians had any before. And here the truth is that while Berlusconi was everything he’s accused of having been he was a step up from his predecessors. Seriously – Craxi, Andreotti?

10 thoughts on “Jeez, talk about idiot takes”

  1. From Wikipedia: Since the end of World War II in 1945, Italy has had 69 governments, at an average of one every 1.11 years.

    That doesn’t suggest faith in the political process.

  2. From what I remember about Berlusconi, he didn’t seem too bad. Of course what comes to mind is the bunga bunga. But that’s no doubt why they didn’t like him.

    Actually the present one seems to be at least trying as well. I seem to remember some fuss about illegal immigrants drowning off southern Italy.

  3. Bloke in the Fourth Reich

    Just been chatting with my Italian colleague. We agreed that Berlusconi, more than anyone, truly united the country.

  4. The Meissen Bison

    In terms of media coverage and elite opinion, Berlusconi had the role of John the Baptist to Trump’s Christ. We’ll not have any more of that sort of thing, thank you very much.

  5. Berlusconi’s political career was a result of a loss of faith in Italy’s political elite. Forza Italia was basically “Make Italy Great Again”.

    Which, now I come to think of it, might go some way to explaining the swamp’s reaction to Trump: they thought he was Berlusconi and they could nail him on the same kind of sleaze.

  6. Italy has, famously, rarely been able to keep a government in office for a whole year.

    They do not have the French assumption that the ‘elite’ should run their society.

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