:: Saturday, 6 September 2003 ::
What can I say?
I do not share all Berlusconi's views. But I am interested in the Economist stuff, becuase that magazine really loathes Silvio and they want him gone gone gone.
Now, I was a devotee of the Economist for a few years but I started to get shitty with its coverage of Oz. It is just plain off. No idea. Spiral arm stuff. No connection with us, almost as bad as that stupid BBC-er who does the world news stuff. But I still kept up with the magazine, cos I found its editorial position on Iraq pretty persuasive, although the Italian stuff began to annoy me too.
Slow. Did not put two and two together as it were, not til recently.
Cos if it is wrong about Oz, then it can be wrong about other stuff. And it is wrong about Silvio - they hammer him too hard and they do mistake the cops and the robbers. A politicised magistracy is a fact of life in Italy. You cannot deny the leftwing philosophies that pervade public positions. It is all over, self-serving, and zealous. His laws putting off the trials til after he leaves office is probably the best compromise to shut the magistrates investigations down in an official way now. They can still dredge up all they want, of course. They just cannot tie up Silvio in court over and over.
And the whole Italian teevee media thing is a bore because Silvio is right - most press and teevee is leftwing. A fact of life. How can the Economist have missed that? They must have a man on the ground, like the BBC fool here in Oz, who simply cannot see it, cannot see past his own biases.
Anyhoo, I cannot defend Silvio for his Andreotti nonsense and I am not gonna try.
But I do love that he sticks it up the Germans.
:: WB 6:26 pm [link+] ::