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Certain political figures become embroiled in situations that fiction writers would have a hard time dreaming up; for

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Prime Minister has had him boiling over in a taped police conversation describing his country as “shitty.”

Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s Prime Minister, it is trench warfare on all sides as his nation attempts to extricate itself from a dire financial emergency, and his personal life is in tatters. It’s nothing new that men in positions of political power can’t seem to button their lips, or their pants, but now a new scandal for the Prime Minister has had him boiling over in a taped police conversation describing his country as “shitty.”

Extortion, bribery, and sex with prostitutes are all on the menu for the Italian leader and it has finally proven too much for him. The latest controversy concerns an alleged extortion attempt by three individuals, to the tune of €500,000 – money Berlusconi admits paying, but “voluntarily,” for the service of staying quiet about “supplying 30 women for parties at the prime minister’s Roman palazzo,” as reported by the Guardian newspaper. All this comes after Berlusconi had to pay €560m to the rivals of his media empire in July, for bribing a judge in order to take control of Italy’s largest publisher, Mondadori.

It might seem easy to take the moral high road here, but it wouldn’t go awry if more of the Eurozone had leaders that were, shall I say, at least slightly commendable, in order to shore up confidence in both the marketplace and the populace. Is it too much to ask? The credibility gap is something that the public is intent, now more than ever, on bridging (and not just in Europe). It’s only a fool that believes society’s leaders should be lily-white, but at this point in the game, at least give the people crème, beige or off-white.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

 
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William R. Feins , freelance journalist from London, UK; he received his B.A. degree in Economics and his Masters in Sociology. William has always been interested in the mechanics of business and the inspiration of original thinkers, and firmly believes that the former can’t succeed without the latter. In his spare time, he enjoys the ridiculous spectacle of watching table tennis on a big screen (preferably at a pub) and reading weighty tomes about World War II.

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  1. I agree with you here. I love how you ended it, give us crème, beige or off-white. Politicians nowadays usually just use the power for their own good. They use up the tax that people pay, money that they worked hard for, just so they can have a party and have sex with a prostitute. It’s pathetic. They should at least give the people something good, something positive, something that will earn you a wee amount of respect

     
  2. wow leaders having sex with prostitutes. I am sure this goes on more than we can imagine we just never hear about it. Well I hope he slows it down a bit before society takes him over.

     
  3. What a bad image for a leader! Italy’s Prime Ministry nonetheless is not just on a hot-seat but already in a boiling water. How shocking to hear a Prime Ministry calling his own country shitty! And with all the charges of extortion, bribery, and sex with prostitutes all up against him, how could he ever save his face?

     
  4. What a colorful life, Mr. Berlusconi lead and a complete recipe for a documentary film in the making. The integrity of the Italian public official not only tarnish with Mr. Berlusconi lost of credibility, but also drag the government in its scandal. Surely, a lesson taught by examples to present and aspiring politician to avoid in the context of public service. The best way to avoid being trap in scandal for every politician is to learn to live a decent life, integrity, honesty and to be of service to the people who voted for them.

     
  5. I do not know what else to say. The world we have so many social evils that are specific evils such as corruption and prostitution are involved in government. And now there are very few world leaders to the people they care about life.

     
  6. The whole truth may not be so absolute as has been declared here. Yet what has been said is an eye opener, but will there be a change for the positive and better? Isn’t our society everywhere has the currency for a genuine leadership?

     
  7. Well, I always knew that Silvio Berlusconi was sleazy and had “been around”, so to speak… but I had no idea that he had been involved in such debauchery! I think it’s really disgusting to be honest, especially for someone with so much power over so many people.

     
  8. Well, what you are trying to find in politicians? They all are the smae whether they are in Europe or in Africa, Arab or in Asia. For example we are facing the worst ever leader in our entire history in the shape of President Asif Ali Zardari who is filling his foreign bank accounts and already corrupted our every institution. So They are trying everything to save their interest instead of countries interest. Don’t keep any hope on them

     
  9. Many scandals happen every day reporting many things that are just like this! for this to happen is just “shitty” for him. But what he or any famous figure should realize is that once you hit a certain level of fame… You can not go around “doing” whatever it is you please, whether it be drugs, prostitutes, etc… its just not right, but i feel kind of sorry!

     
  10. People in politics believe when they get the power to rule their country, they are God! And the world cannot allow them to do their acts breaking the rules and discipline. But it still continues almost in every country and finally spoil the name of politics and their country!

     
  11. In my opinion Silvio Berlusconi, should resign its post. As if the leader would be like this then there will be bad impact on the people of Italy.
    All the people who are in power should know their limits.

     
  12. The Italian minister learn his lesson at a very humiliating period where his integrity are highly under question and the government come to the scrutiny of the media and the people. His final remorse and apology should be done in such a way that his acceptance of mistakes is accepted. In a manner that his experiences would serve as an eye opener for fellow officials to avoid committing the same blunder.

     
  13. It is a shame that the Italian Prime Minister had used his power and position to keep people shut about the scandal he had made by indulging in sex with prostitutes.Such leaders deserve appropriate punishment.Instead of taking prime decisions to tackle the country’s financial emergency he is calling his country bad names.Shame on such leaders!

     
  14. That’s common to politicians. People who have money or power can have almost everything he/she wants and sex is not an exception. They should be using the money for the good of everyone but instead they’re spending it only for themselves. We should chose our leaders wisely.

     
  15. A leader have so much temptations, all depended on their self to hold their mind, feeling and heart to keep in right ways.
    Cause when a little mistake on their step, it will ruins all what they have build with tears, sweat or even blood.
    Like many peoples said that politic was so cruel.

     
  16. Such a shame! Those government officials who are too weak and easily put down their pants for hoes are not worth to gain respect! Imao, they should leave their public office and die away with their harlots!

     
  17. It’s embarassing not just for him but to the person of his country this kind of situations. But it’s a little to blame on the population. They are the ones who voted for him and that helped him being in such power that he thinks he can do this things without judgement. A Prime Minister hanging around with prostitutes?? It’s just embarassing!! And disgusting!

     

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