Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
If you'd like to indulge, is Berlusconi targeting any people in particular when he rants against "the Radicals"? Or is it just a consistent stratagem to turn himself into a victim of heinous conspiracies by everyone who does not suck up to him?

The center-left candidate for the presidency of Lazio is the Radical Emma Bonino. Beyond that Radicals are known for militant postures in applying laws and rules. Their non-violent Gandhian tactics, such as hunger or thirst strikes, make them a unicum in the Italian political landscape. Although they have never had a solid constituency, they have managed to modernize Italian society through their oft winning focus on specific issues such as divorce, abortion, personal drug use, abolition of military service and euthanasia.

Berlusconi's stale tactics, that alternate between playing the victim and vehement rhetoric, does get his followers to "suck up to him."

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Sat Mar 13th, 2010 at 12:44:55 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Let me add that Francesco Rutelli came from the Radicals (though having checked, I find he was about the only Radical in La Margherita... messed that up).

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Mar 13th, 2010 at 01:26:39 PM EST
[ Parent ]


Occasional Series