We're living in strangely new, strangely familiar times in Italy. A great showman, Silvio Berlusconi, is at the helm and he is pure showbiz. Last night an escort was the eye of the storm, Patrizia D'Addario. I'm tempted to say, poor girl. Even if she was into her romantic randez-ouzo with a private personal agenda, who can blame her? She's been paid to spend time with the most powerful man in Italy. There is no way she can be accused of being the rotten party here. She represents the oppressed no matter how glamorous. She is the one that's been used and it doesn't matter that's been done with her consent. Abuse of power is based on that. I'm way above you so my time with you is for you a privilege. How terrifying. Santoro, the conductor of the program looses his way sometimes but how funny to see that as soon as the program ended, Porta A Porta started with a vociferous Ignazio LaRussa - perfect casting to play the devil in some High School production - and some of the "bring down Patrizia and destroy her" - guests from the Santoro program. The political debate is a farce and Silvio Berlusconi sets the tone. How sad.
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