Rumor has it that old Silvio Berlusconi, 76, will announce a definitive comeback this coming Thursday when it is believed he will announce his intention to stand for election as prime minister of Italy one more time.
Update 30 November 2012: Thursday came and went. The Berlusconi comeback announcement did not materialise and appears to have been put off for at least a week. If, however, Berlusconi does not make a decision one way or another, it will leave his paralysed political party with no time at all to ready itself for next year’s general elections.
The message Berlusconi and his mob are sending out is that they are incapable of managing themselves. Berlusconi voters, those few who remain (polls show support for the PdL has fallen to 14%) may well be wondering whether he and his party are up to the job of managing Italy. On this front, the Berlusconi mob does not have a fabulous track record. End of update.
Mini-update 27 November 2012: The Thursday comeback announcement may not happen. Today in Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sara an article implied that the definitive announcement of the definitive Berlusconi comeback may not happen on Thursday. End of mini-update.
Apparently, Silvio Berlusconi is on the verge of announcing a new political party too, the name of which is still not known. His old PdL party, the brand of which he appears to own, may cease to exist very soon. This will scupper the holding of primaries which had been planned for December 16 and may well annoy the growing number of PdL members who were lining up as budding Berlusconi replacements. Even the abrasive Vittorio Sgarbi wanted a shot at the top spot.
Now it’s looking as if the efforts of the budding Berlusconi’s may have been in vain.
Recently, big PdL names had been popping up on Italy’s television after quite a few months of absence, or abstinence. They must have been hoping to grab a slice of the Berlusconi come back limelight.
I had heard on the grapevine that the great Berlusconi resurrection was due in November and it seems it may now occur. November is not over yet!
The tanned supremo has been preparing the ground for a star spangled comeback show for a while. First, at the start of November he said he was thinking about apologizing to Italians for having made a mess of running Italy. The reason for his failure, he claimed, was the dreaded global crisis.
Next, and much more recently, Berlusconi blamed Italy’s system for making it impossible for him and his government to do a good job. What an odd thing to say, for without the Italian system with its friendly, easy to manipulate politicians, Berlusconi would not have built his media empire. How come Berlusconi was unable to use the very same system to Italy’s advantage?
For good measure, Berlusconi added that Mario Monti is little more than an Angela Merkel toady. Germany is the epitome of all evil in Silvio’s eyes and Europe is not too far behind. Evil Germany has an economy which is keeping the global crisis at bay – Berlusconi did not have the skill to ensure Italy’s economy was crisis proof though.
On the austerity front, Berlusconi thinks Mario Monti has gone too far and pushed Italy into recession. Super Silvio cleverly avoids mentioning that if his government had done its job, neither Monti, nor austerity may have been necessary.
There are still a few days to go before the official comeback announcement is made. Do not hold your breath, leave Italy, or jump off a cliff just yet, as super Silvio has been on the point of making a comeback more than a few times since he was moved aside in favor of the more sober technocrat Mario Monti. This latest comeback attempt may fizzle out like all the rest. We’ll see.
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