Prodi-Berlusconi: 6-0 in transparency August 29, 2008Posted by dorigo in humor, news, politics.
Tags: berlusconi, prodi
Silvio Berlusconi, the italian premier, has never made a mystery of his feelings towards judges who have investigated his businesses in the last twenty years. Judges have been called Communists, have been accused of being moved by personal interests and hatred toward him and his political movement, a fumus persecutionis has been claimed in several circumstances. I understand these reactions, although I do not approve their tone or their content. I however find obscene and disgusting, and also really damaging to my poor country, the fact that he has always tried to legiferate, from the position of power he acquired as a Prime Minister in 1994 and then in 2001-2006, to create escape routes from the judiciary actions he had been subjected to. And now, after May 2008 elections have given him more power than he ever had, he is on to cleaning the slate.
One source of worry for Berlusconi which has emerged more recently is the publication on newspapers of parts of phone conversations he had with other politicians, important managers, and even TV showgirls with which he probably had sexual encounters. This infuriated him, and caused his promise that he would by force of a new law deny judges of the possibility of taping phone conversations. Today, after a few phone calls made by his arch-enemy Romano Prodi were made public by his own magazine Panorama, Berlusconi tried to use the fact to accelerate the political convergence to a law restricting the use of phone taping in crime investigations. He thus issued a note where he expressed his sympathy with Prodi for the incident and his support of Prodi’s privacy, going on to claim that a law is direly needed to stop these invasions on people’s privacy.
The matter is not perceived as a real urgency by italians. The majority of them is not against the practice of taping phone calls. And in truth, italians have other emergencies, very different from those perceived by Berlusconi. But through a continuous use of his huge mediatic power, Berlusconi is trying to steer the public opinion in support of his attempts at limiting the investigative possibilities of judges.
Romano Prodi (right) has answered in the best possible way to Berlusconi’s demonstration of sympathy: Prodi rebutted Berlusconi’s offer of a handshake, as he said he has nothing against the publication of the phone calls, and he is against any change of the current law. In truth, the published conversations prove nothing about alleged illicit deals of Prodi. He is now out of the political arena, and he is not going to return to it. Prodi is the only man who could beat Berlusconi at political elections in Italy, and he did it twice. Thank you for that, Romano, and thank you for your demonstration of style today.