A Spanish newspaper has published photos of guests at a holiday retreat of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in which women walk around topless and a naked man stands by the swimming pool in a state of sexual anxiety. El Pais, quotes the photographer, Antonello Zappadu as saying “virtually every weekend,” Italian air force flights brought in friends of Berlusconi together with dancers and other media starlets. According to Berlusconi, the photos merely depict “people who are bathing in a private Jacuzzi in a private room.” The naked man, Mirek Topolanek, former prime minister of the Czech Republic admits he is the man by the pool. Of course, this could all be a mistake since, most probably, for Berlusconi, a private Jacuzzi is the size of a private pool.
When in doubt, and when one is subject to attack, the best defense is an offense. Berlusconi told a rally in Milan “it seems as if one is not in an Italian or European city, but in an African city.” He has decided to play the hate immigrant card in order to deflect attacks. It most probably will work. It apparently is working in the Netherlands.