I will preface this post by saying I think Silvio Berlusconi is a complete wretch. An unmitigated disaster whose personal life has been peppered by allegations of corruption and womanising which, if only a fraction were true, should have made him unelectable in the first place. But therein lies the rub.
Berlusconi was elected by the people of Italy. On numerous occasions. When it was obvious the man was a combination of clown and crook, and details of his private life were in the public realm. It is difficult to believe that anyone who voted for the wretch did so without any knowledge of his philandering and dubious business deals.
But now, like the Greek Prime Minister before him, he has been replaced by someone who has the support of the money lenders and bankers. Berlusconi’s successor, widely tipped to be Mario Monti, is a leading member of the Bilderberg Group and acts as an adviser to Goldman Sachs and Coca Cola… but more importantly for his new bosses, he has been a European Commissioner. His new Finance Minister is expected to be Guido Tabellini, his former colleague at the Bocconi University in Milan, which according to The Guardian… has supplied Italy with much of its financial elite. Great! That should fill us all with confidence.
The dancing hordes in Rome may well have been celebrating good riddance to bad rubbish as far as Berlusconi is concerned, but they should be careful what they wish for. We are at a very dangerous time for what we loosely call democracy. We now find we are living in times when NATO can decide when it is time forwhich despots they want to replace by ‘regime change’ and European bankers can veto a referendum or elections if they don’t think they will get the result they want, and topple prime ministers without paying the slightest regard for what the people of a country may think.
It is mildly amusing to see the very British newspapers who questioned Gordon Brown’s legitimacy as the prime minister of a party which had won a general election, now triumphantly proclaiming a man who has been appointed by the insistence of those who have been elected by absolutely no-one.