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October 10, 2009

Berlusconi the Persecuted

By: Bernard Chazelle

Berlusconi is the best Italian Prime Minister ever.

"I believe there is no one in history to whom I should feel inferior. Quite the opposite."

A man who speaks the truth:

"In absolute terms, I am the most legally persecuted man of all times, in the whole history of mankind, worldwide, because I have been subjected to more than 2,500 court hearings and I have the good luck – having worked well in the past and having accumulated an important wealth – to have been able to spend more than €200m in consultants and judges ... I mean in consultants and lawyers."

— Bernard Chazelle

Posted at October 10, 2009 05:37 PM

200 million anything is A LOT to spend on judges. They usually come a lot cheaper. It's not that much for an entire population, either. Obama didn't spend much more than that. Of course, he raised a lot more than that. But 200 million is nothing to a consultant or lawyer and it won't get you the time of day from a banker. George Bush spent 26 trillion on bankers and they won't even return his calls! 200 million should buy you a Supreme Court, though. Maybe he isn't that most persecuted guy, but he may not have gotten his money's worth, either.

Posted by: drip at October 10, 2009 06:01 PM

Maybe Berlusconi just gets caught a lot. Look at Codpiece and Deadeye, they've NEVER HAD to bribe a judge and Deadeye just shoots lawyers.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at October 10, 2009 06:26 PM

That's a hell of a Freudian slip.

Posted by: par4 at October 10, 2009 06:51 PM


"We must govern for five years with or without the law."

"Viva Italia, Viva Berlusconi!"

Posted by: Save the Oocytes at October 10, 2009 07:05 PM

Brilliant, priceless, nonpareil, almost as good as Bach!

Posted by: N E at October 10, 2009 07:35 PM

He has a nice tan.

Posted by: Rob Payne at October 11, 2009 12:28 AM

I don't know what the UK and France would do without Italy to make them look respectable.

Posted by: NomadUK at October 11, 2009 08:19 AM

drip just a correction . a lot of the 26T was committed by man of " hope and change " who is as much in the pocket of bankers as bush and clinton before that . and before him .....
you have to admire italians for all this fun :)

Posted by: badri at October 12, 2009 03:55 PM