FOR YEARS now, critics of Silvio Berlusconi have been tempted to draw comparisons between him and fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. In Paris on Thursday night, the Italian prime minister did it himself.
“As prime minister,” he said, “I’ve never had the sensation of being in power, of having power. Perhaps I had it when I was a businessman in charge of a corporation which employed 56,000 people, but now I have no power. He who is the head of government in reality has absolutely no power . . .
“I might dare to quote the words of a man who was considered to be a great and powerful dictator, Benito Mussolini. ‘They say that I have a lot of power but it’s not true. Maybe the mandarins have it, I don’t know. I only know that I can tell my horse to go left or go right and I’ve got to settle for that’.” [more]
Berlusconi, in fact you can only control your ROCKING HORSE … to swing right and left. And this must be happy.