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Silvio Berlusconi vows to grab more power in Italy at Parliament's expense - Times Online

Silvio Berlusconi vowed yesterday to change the Italian constitution to give himself greater power as Prime Minister at the expense of Parliament, which he denounced as "useless".

"You have a Government that is for the first time run by an entrepreneur and a team of ministers that resembles a company board in its efficiency, but we have to reckon with a legislature that must be modernised because the premier has virtually no power," Mr Berlusconi told the annual conference of Confindustria, an employers' federation.

He said that a Bill changing the constitution would have to take the form of a "popular initiative" taken outside parliament, as deputies and senators would not undermine their own power. Under Italian law, Bills can be proposed not only by deputies, but also by groups of 500,000 citizens. "You can't expect turkeys to vote to bring forward Christmas," he said -- adding that the Lower House should be reduced to 100 deputies.

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by Fran on Fri May 22nd, 2009 at 01:50:13 PM EST
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It's simply unbelievable...I mean the arrogance of that scam.Unfortunately that's what Italians probably deserve. The say goes that everyone has a government they deserve.I feel for those Italians who are helplessly watching their country deteriorating in to the banana-republic...and heading in to what they already have seen before...fascism.
But hey cheer up...you are not alone...look at USA (even "under historic black president").Unfortunately the will started to spin some time ago and probably no one can stop what's coming...and it's bad.

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Fri May 22nd, 2009 at 09:40:29 PM EST
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What was most striking about the episode of Berlusconi's improvised speech was that the audience applauded. Now one may applaud for a variety of reasons, the most common being courtesy. It is known that Berlusconi also brings along his paid claque to applaud, though this does not seem the case here.

The speech was given during a "solemn occasion" the annual meeting of the National Confederation of Industries. It is obvious that the meeting expected a discussion of the grave economic crisis which directly concerns them and the Italian government's do-nothing policy- a crisis that Berlusconi has repeatedly denounced as a giornalistic invention.

Berlusconi's tirade instead was outright slander against judges. He asserted that they are extreme leftists and that a "reform" is paramount. He then attacked parliament and called for popular initiatives (which are slower and ineffectual by the way- but would make for an excellent propaganda spot) to speed  up legislation. (Invision hoards of menacing rabble surrounding parliament with this psychotic hystrionic in the lead calling to have it expunged, an amusing situation given that the majority of parliament consists of his groveling sycophants.)

This morning Berlusconi denied he had ever implied what he effectively implied in his tirade and accused everyone of adopting "Stalinist tactics" to distort the Truth.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Sat May 23rd, 2009 at 02:40:50 AM EST
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Berlusconi sounds like he's preparing a March on Rome or something.

The brainless should not be in banking. — Willem Buitler
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat May 23rd, 2009 at 03:40:59 AM EST
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As you know the March on Rome was a media farce. Low turnout with Bulgy-Eyes strutting only a couple of yards for a photo opportunity. But it worked.
by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Sat May 23rd, 2009 at 05:30:46 AM EST
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I didn't know, actually.

The brainless should not be in banking. — Willem Buitler
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat May 23rd, 2009 at 09:39:11 AM EST
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The March on Rome was behind the scenes negotiations between Mussolini in Milano and the king. The king did not consult General Badoglio who was for a military intervention. "One shot will scatter these fascist." The fascists entered Rome after the accords to make Mussolini prime minister. By then their number had swollen significantly.

The only shots fired were from the courageous working class in San Lorenzo. The fascists devasted San Lorenzo, killing thirteen.

Mussolini planned the march in a now-or-never gamble but prudently waited safely in Milano. Besides a couple of speeches in Naples, he never marched. The king did the rest.

Why the king chose to pointedly ignore the military command and capitulate remains controversial.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Sat May 23rd, 2009 at 10:49:55 AM EST
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This morning Berlusconi denied he had ever implied what he effectively implied in his tirade and accused everyone of adopting "Stalinist tactics" to distort the Truth.

The stenographic transcript furnished by Berlusconi "proving" that he had never said parliament is "useless and damaging" is in contrast with the unexpurgated version of his speech.

Effectively Berlusconi said, "Now  they'll say I've offended parliament. But plethoric assemblies are useless and frankly unproductive." Press dispatches- as well as his own party mouthpieces- substituted the word "unproductive" with "damaging".

Berlusconi siezed the occasion to attribute the words to the "ignoble" and "Stalinist" opposition leaders- which will make headlines for his brainless hoi polloi. It remains, as so often, that brash scissor jobs done in plain view are hawked as absolute truths.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Sat May 23rd, 2009 at 05:45:02 AM EST
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