Friday, January 14, 2011

Silvio’s Pecker Gets Him In Trouble—Again

Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian prime minister who just survived a vote of no confidence by the hair of his chinny-chin-chin, is in trouble this morning.

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi
. . . and a “friend” (actually his daughter,

but with Big Silvio, you never know). 
Everyone is reporting a prostitution investigation in Milan against Berlusconi involving a 17 year-old girl. (That must’ve gotten your morning started, eh?)

Questions arose last October over his relationship with the girl, a dancer and alleged prostitute named Karima El Mahrouq, a Moroccan runaway. Berlusconi made calls to the local police who had picked up the girl on theft charges, after which she was released. Berlusconi admits no wrongdoing.

This kind of ordinary political scandal, juicy though it may be, is not something The Hourly G wastes its time on—

—except that Italy is teetering: There’s been lots of hand-wringing over Portugal and especially Spain’s fiscal situation—but Italy is no slouch either, when it comes to fiscal trouble.

Berlusconi narrowly survived the no confidence vote this past December 14 not because he’s so popular—he’s not—but because there was no one else to replace him, as the opposition is in disarray and has no strong contender for a Berlusconi replacement.

Nobody wants in Italy a situation like Belgium, where there hasn’t been a government for going on seven months, the nation winding along essentially without a driver. After all, Belgium has a GDP of $461 billion—Italy a GDP of over $2 trillion.

As of this morning, Italian bond traded 1.688% over German 10-years.


  1. Big ego, small dick ,methinks.
    Does this man really have any time left to run the country?
    By the way, this blue background looks much better and more professional.

  2. Dear Gonzalo, the "friend" of Berlusconi in the photo is ... his daughter ... ah-ehm ... anyway, your two blogs are VERY interesting



  3. Principly, a pecker peter principal. (Sorry, couldn't help myself) In a hierarchically structured administration, people tend to be promoted up to their level of incompetence. At least he is getting some bang for his buck.


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