Silver-tongued Silvio and the Patrizia-gate scandal

Will Patrizia-gate bring down silver-tongued Silvio?

Will Patrizia-gate bring down silver-tongued Silvio?

Political leaders and scandals of a sexual nature don’t tend to make good bedfellows – no pun intended.  Italian PM , Silvio Berlusconi, no stranger to controversy seems to have taken a leaf out of Bill Clinton’s book with his secretly tape-recorded dalliances with glamour model Patrizia D’Addario. 

On the other hand, similar liaisons have boosted the reputation of the protagonist.  When news of the affair between the then England soccer boss Sven Goran Eriksson and fellow Swede Ulrike Jonsson came to light, Sven once regarded as a dull, emotionless tactician suddenly became a sexy nordic lothario, a jack-the-lad lauded by the tabloid press for tasting forbidden fruit in the garden of Sweden.

Berlusconi’s position as PM is suspect in its own right.  What other country would elect a loud-mouthed, outspoken and disreputable businessman as its leader?  Imagine if Ryanair director Michael O’Leary became Taoiseach.  Perish the thought – although such an idea is not as far-fetched as it may seem when you look at the career of a certain deceased CJ Haughey.

The question is will Patrizia-gate bring Berlusconi’s tenure down?  Or can he keep it up?  I think only Patrizia can answer that question.



  1. Mr CW Blog author
    Is this Stoffels du Plessis a real person or is he just another imaginary character like d@\/e or Chekov or Phil Harkin who you’ve made up just so it looks like people are actually reading your blog?
    I suppose you think you’re smart stereotyping us Afrikaners as a bunch of ignorant, gun-toting, bible-wielding, beer drinking, rugby playing loudmouths?
    You come over here with your middle class education and your student union left wing liberal politics, quoting from obscure new wave Lithuanian films about thinking about peasant factory workers being oppressed by a bourgeois managerial class and you know it all, but you haven’t a clue.

    Get a life.

  2. Charnelle
    Thanks for your profound words of wisdom – or in your own lingo – “Dank u voor deen woorden profoonden van weisheit”.

    I can assure you that Stoffels is real. You’ll be disappointed to learn however that you are not.

  3. Of course I’m real, Charnelle. Don’t you remember when we met at that braai at Francois Botha’s house in Witwatersrand? I was the one with the beard and the beer belly reminiscing about the good old days during my national service when I was fighting the commies in Angola.

    I’d just cone back from the match in Stellenbosch. the Cheetahs won by a try. Bokies Eekenhout got that drop goal with the last kick of the game.

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