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Sunday, 13 April 2008
Pretentions, Ideologies, Ambitions


The photograph was taken in Nanterre, in France.  The words brought to mind the arch-crook of Europe, who has brushed off more cases than Prince Charles’ valet.

Berlusconi has been accused 11 times of criminal activity. He was convicted once, in 1990, for perjury over his membership of the secretive P2 Masonic lodge. Other cases ended in acquittal or by falling off the agenda due to a statute of limitations, a process he facilitated with his own legislation, which made his office immune from prosecution.

Professor Paul Ginsborg of Florence University, whose latest book concerns the nature of Berlusconi’s power, said: ‘There are three problems with this man: one, his control of television; two, his attitude towards the law, shaping legislation to help his particular situation and to bring an autonomous judiciary under the heel of the executive and government. The third is the combination of these two - the fact that he happens also to be President of the Council of Ministers.

Bonus link: Barista’s recent post Finish hug Nim about the chimpanzee (Nim) who was taught American Sign Language.

Posted by bigblue on 13/04/2008 at 01:18 AM
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