September 23, 2019

Silvio Berlusconi begs Senate over confidence vote

I am Silvio - Emperor of Rome. I lova da women, I lova da power, I lova da money. But most of all I lova myself.

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has called on the Senate not to jeopardise his government out of narrow political interests.

Speaking directly to the Senate, he said Italy needed “operational continuity”, and a no vote could mean a “crisis in the dark”. The ‘vote’ he is talking about is a vote of no confidence called for Tuesday.

If he loses, Mr Berlusconi has said there will be early elections and the bogey man will visit every household in Italy that does not vote for him.

In recent weeks dozens of his supporters have defected to a breakaway party, which has deprived him of his lower house majority.

The new party is led by Gianfranco Fini, who says Mr Berlusconi’s personal scandals, gaffes and failed policy programme make his position untenable. His position was untenable about five years ago, but better late than never comrade Fini.

Mr Fini says he has enough votes to unseat Mr Berlusconi, but when Silvio’s involved anything is possible. The Italian media is rife with rumours of vote buying.

An investigation has been launched into claims that inducements have been offered to some members of parliament to secure their vote for Mr Berlusconi.

An investigation has also been launched into the investigation of the investigation into vote buying.

Mr Berlusconi has said that early elections could cause political instability which would lead to a Greek- or Irish-style economic crisis. It sounds like Italy’s economy is sliding down the gurglar quite happily on its own even without an election.