Thursday 22 June 2017

Ruth Dudley Edwards : But philanderer DSK casts Berlusconi in a better light

The attitude of the ex-IMF chief to women makes one think kindly of Berlusconi, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards

MY favourite comment on the scandal about Dominique Strauss-Kahn (aka DSK) was made by Bernard-Henry Levy (aka BHL).

The economist, lawyer and politician DSK and the philosopher BHL are fortunate to be prominent in a country where intellectuals are considered sexy and socialists can live in luxury with impunity, for they both love sex and the good life. DSK's third wife, Anne Sinclair, once a famous television journalist, is filthy rich. BHL has a great deal of inherited wealth; his third wife is an extremely glamorous actress and singer.

Politically, DSK has always been of the left. He narrowly missed being the socialist candidate in the 2007 election, and although President Sarkozy cleverly got him out of the way by backing him for the job of managing director of the IMF, he was tipped to be his chief challenger in the 2012 presidential election. BHL, who was for a time a scourge of Marxism, now votes for the Socialist Party.

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