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