The Golden Shower

Something interesting

Silvio Berlusconi was prime minister of Italy off and on for a number of years from 1994 to 2013, second only to Benito Mussolini in tenure. His personal scandals and outrageous debaucheries embarrassed Italy until there was no skin left. And Italy is a country that is not easy to embarrass. For example:

Berlusconi has developed a reputation for making gaffes or insensitive remarks.

On 2 July 2003, Berlusconi suggested that German Social democratic MEP Martin Schulz, who had criticised his domestic policies, should play a Nazi concentration campguard in a film. Berlusconi insisted that he was joking, but accused Schulz and others to be “bad-willing tourists of democracy”. This incident caused a brief cooling of Italy’s relationship with Germany.

Addressing traders at the New York Stock Exchange in September 2003, Berlusconi listed a series of reasons to invest in Italy, the first of which was that “we have the most beautiful secretaries in the world”. This remark resulted in uproar in Italy where female members of parliament took part in a one-day cross-party protest. Berlusconi’s list also included the claim that Italy had “fewer communists, and those who are still here deny having been one”.

In 2003, during an interview with Nicholas Farrell, then editor of The Spectator, Berlusconi claimed that Mussolini “had been a benign dictator who did not murder opponents but sent them ‘on holiday'”. In 2013, he returned to calling Mussolini a good leader whose biggest mistake was signing up to exterminate the Jews.

Sitting safely, an ocean away, wallowing in our 220-year tradition of stable (forget the Civil War) democracy, we took comfort, and we easily gave laugh at Italy’s expense.

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We are not laughing anymore.

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4 thoughts on “The Golden Shower

  1. Are all the fundies who plunked for The Donald as God’s Chosen One still hanging in there? At least in public? From over here, ten time zones away, it looks off the scale, even beyond a story in the National Perspirer.

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