Postcard from... Milan
Italy might be going off the rails but, appropriately, the colourful metaphors keep coming. The anti-establishment politician Beppe Grillo has likened the new emergency government – an unholy alliance of left and right – to a “bunga bunga orgy” with “everyone in passive roles apart from the Bunga bunga master” – a reference to the three-times premier Silvio Berlusconi and his notorious adult soirées.
Mr Grillo’s Five Star Movement, which has been sidelined by events, says the former prime minister will once again be the one pulling the strings in parliament. There is no love lost between the two men, however. Mr Berlusconi has claimed that Mr Grillo avoids television interviews “because his face is too ugly”, which is a bit rich coming from the tanned ex-premier who increasingly resembles a mouldy satsuma.
But the mogul, if not fresh-faced, is currently looking relaxed and smug, having banished the threat of a hostile left-wing or Grillo administration, and is now attempting his impression of an elder statesman.
After giving his benediction to the left-right national unity government, he even said that he was willing to forgo a place in the new cabinet to make way for younger people and women – presumably only good-looking and busty ones.
In the unlikely event it all goes well for premier-elect Enrico Letta, you can bet that Mr Berlusconi will take the credit for providing his support. And if it all goes wrong, the mogul will sigh and say Italy has need of his experience once more.
Mr Grillo, meanwhile, will be praying the hardest for the “political bunga bunga party” to go ‘tits up’.
- 2 Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes, may now face the death penalty
- 3 PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
- 4 Robert Mugabe eats a zoo for 'obscene' 91st birthday party
Michelle Rodriguez: Fast & Furious actor apologises after telling 'minorities' to stop taking on 'white' roles
Boris Nemtsov shot dead: Putin critic may have been murdered by Islamic extremists, says president-led committee
British are sexually uptight, dirty and drink too much – according to Spanish book
Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes, may now face the death penalty
PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
'Cash for access' scandal: Sir Malcolm Rifkind says 'unrealistic' for MPs to live on £67,000 salary
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Russia's roadmap for annexing eastern Ukraine 'leaked from Vladimir Putin's office'
£9 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This role is based within a small family run ...
£28000 - £32000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This Design and marketing agenc...
£46000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This property investment firm are lookin...
£18000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company specialises provid...