Tuesday 21 August 2018

Berlusconi's rivals are taught a lesson in sexual politics

Silvio has shown that it doesn't matter who you're screwing as long as it's not the electorate, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

SILVIO Berlusconi is the gift that keeps on giving. Just when you think the dishcloth of scandal has been squeezed dry, out comes another drop. Naked poolside parties, high-class prostitutes, teenage lovers, secret love children: you name it, the Italian PM's been linked to it.

Of course, if you're Italian then all this is news to you, because the Berlusconi-owned media fixes it so that the voters never get to hear a word about the scandalous allegations, and so still think Silvio is a latter day St Francis of Assisi, who lives his life with monkish simplicity.

Or at least that's what Berlusconi's many detractors at home and abroad would have you believe, as they struggle to explain why the man himself continues to survive and thrive politically, despite all his enemies' best efforts to send the hated one packing with his tail (or perhaps that should be another part of his anatomy?) between his legs.

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