Saturday, March 15, 2008

Italian Politics...

Via the Telegraph:
Silvio Berlusconi has stumbled badly in the Italian election campaign after telling a woman to solve her financial problems by marrying a millionaire.
The gaffe came during a Thursday night television show when a 24-year-old woman asked him how she was supposed to get a mortgage or start a family without a permanent job.
"You should perhaps look to marry a millionaire, like my son, or someone who doesn't have such problems," the perma-tanned billionaire told Perla Pavoncello. "With that smile of yours, you could even get away with it," he added.
His comments attracted criticism from Italy's unions and from Walter Veltroni, his opponent in next month's election.
"There are lots of things you can joke about, but the problems in Italy's economy are not among them," said Mr Veltroni. Mr Berlusconi responded by saying that Mr Veltroni "does not have a sense of humour".
Italy has a grave problem with youth unemployment, which runs as high as 40 per cent in areas such as Naples. Many Italian employers also only offer short-term contracts to youngsters since it is nearly impossible to fire employees.
Before the gaffe, public frustration with the failure of Romano Prodi's government has resulted in a commanding lead of up to 10 points in the polls for Mr Berlusconi whose new nickname is "psycho-dwarf".
It's moments like this which occasionally make me think I should play closer attention to Italian politics.

2 comments:

Seraphic Single said...

If a top Italian politician said that to me, I would be very pleased. I would whip out a cell phone, and say "His telephone number, Signor Berlusconi?" But if a top Canadian politican said it, I would probably froth at the mouth, which is too bad, because the way to respond to a saucy joke is with an even saucier joke.

(Um...run across any Italian millionaires in your studies?)

Lauren said...

lol Seraphic single. I think you might have to join the line.

Did he give her some advice that was more 'solid' afterwards? Like how if he was elected what he would do or no?