Silvio Berlusconi Might Be In Trouble This Time, Again

Is this the end of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi? “Today saw the results of four referendum votes in Italy to repeal Berlusconi-era legislation on nuclear power, water privatisation and trial immunity for government ministers. The last of these has been fundamental in allowing the semi-despotic prime minister to continue his rule free of the tiresome hassle of legal action on charges of corruption and sexual harassment. This referendum has finally given Italian voters the opportunity to bring the charade to an end, with a resounding 95 per cent of voters coming down against the government’s policies.” Berlusconi has been written off plenty of times before, and is still telling jokes as if he doesn’t have a care in the world, but with a sour electorate and close friends referring to him as “ill,” maybe it is last call. Maybe.