Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Italy Tomorrow

The prime minister is preparing his luggage!
Following the televised debate between Prodi and Berlusconi, the only meaningful information that we can draw is that Berlusconi is struggling like a dying animal in order to keep himself in power.

On top of this, we have to stress the fact that more than 70 % of italians want Berlusconi to go home. The figure is not exaggerated. Bear in mind that the electors of the centre right coalition that support other parties than Berlusconi's would be very happy to see him lose against their favourite, Fini or Casini.

At this moment of time, the main thing I wish for Italy is to go on with his shabby politicians ranging from left to right, bar Berlusconi. I am not one of those who believe that Berlusconi is evil. Berlusconi is simply the best product of a corrupt system that we want to leave behind. Once and for all.

Let him go, poor old chap. He will be 70 in september, and he deserves a retirement. Maybe in one of his off-shore paradises where his money are sleeping comfortably.

6 comments:

Srdjan Cvijic said...

I just hope he will be forced to leave to Tunisia...because I cannot plausibly see how he could end up in Rebbibia (prison in Rome).By the way Prodi was in my view maestral last night, ending his speech with, "and a little bit of hapinness (un puo di fellicita') was such a good idea...did he win in the duel? Depends what do we consider by victory, bearing in mind that these events are mostly geard towards the undecided voters, I think he really did well...

Anonymous said...

Hello,

"70% of italians want Berlusconi to go home"

I wonder how did you calculate this percentage. According to the last suervey published in "la Repubblica" the center-right coalition is @ 47% and Berlusconi's party is @ 22% (the first party in Italy). Do you mean that among this 47% there's a 17% who "wants Berlusconi's home"? If they want this result and they vote for the center right colaition, whose leader IS Berlusconi, I agree your concerning about the future of a country which has a 20% of schizophrenic electors

Srdjan Cvijic said...

Can I just try to repond to the critique below, I am not aware of the statistics that 70% Italians want Berlusconi to 'go home' whatever that means (retire from politics, go to Tunisia like his political protector from the 1980s Craxi and so on...) however, what I think the annonimous commentator must acknowledge is that Berlusconi is leading a very uneasy coallition and that it not so remote from the truth to say that 25% of the CDL (his coallition) in some way prefers him to 'go home'. More so in the case of Casini and the Northern League, less so in the case of Fini, but this is only apparently so for Fini, if you read his interview in Corriere he is carefully distancing himself from Berlusconi...

Anonymous said...

your annonimous and affectionate commentator just acknowledged that you add the electors of Casini (5.3%) and Fini (12%) (Berlusconi's alley) to the center-left electors (52%). And you do this arithmetical operation because you deduce the intention of those electors (to send Berlusconi home) from the critics which their leaders express about the recent TV debate. In this terms it looks like a serious analysis and I thank you becouse you just explained to me something that I didn't know about my own subconcious: since I decided to vote for Fini my real will is "to send Berlusconi home" (or to Tunisia or even to jail). You always learn something...

Lorenzo Zucca said...

Thanks again for your comment.
Maybe, it is true that if you vote for Fini you'd like Berlusconi to go.

To be honest with you, I am going to vote for the centre left, but I would like Prodi to disappear at the same time. I don't think he has anything to ask from life anymore, as he acknowledged himself. He is old, and it is unclear whether he will achieve what he promises. But I vote against the government, and I militate against Berlusconi. If the centre-left loses, I would be happier to see someone else and not Berlusconi, as a prime minister.

Ideally, I believe that Italy would definetely be better off without both Prodi and Berlusconi.

Srdjan Cvijic said...

Thank you very much for your honest statement annonymous...unfortunately I do not have the right to vote in italian elections since I am not an Italian citizen...I would love to but present laws do not allow me such opportunity. I respect your political position and decision to vote for Fini, what I cannot understand why are you ironic about our assessment, Fini has a clear political position and his voters stand passionately behind him, at Berlusconi's party rallies you need to show to his 'supporters', or shall I better say clients, a sign "Applaud" in order to cheer them up...it must indicate some difference between two...
if the center left coallition does badly (it seems they will not do so)and if the left gets say majority in the lower house while the right gets majority in the upper house... would you be surprised if a Grand Coallition without Berlusconi and the Lega Nord is formed?