Italy’s PM, Silvio Berlusconi, has managed to screw-up his response to Obama’s election victory, referring to Obama’s “tan”. Ahem. Obviously, the man’s an enormous tosser and just doesn’t know when to keep his trap shut. I was going to pull together a list of his best one-liners, but helpfully the Telegraph has done it for me.
My favourites from the list:
On Mussolini: “Mussolini never killed anyone. Mussolini used to send people on vacation in internal exile.”
On business: “Another reason to invest in Italy is that we have beautiful secretaries – superb girls.”
To a German MEP: “In Italy there is a man producing a film on Nazi concentration camps – I shall put you forward for the role of Kapo (a guard chosen from among the prisoners).”
On left-wing voters: “I trust the intelligence of the Italian people too much to think that there are so many pricks around who would vote against their own best interests.”
On plans to base an EU food standards agency in Finland instead of Parma: “Parma is synonymous with good cuisine. The Finns don’t even know what prosciutto is.”
Before the 2006 election, which he lost, he said any Italian who didn’t vote for him would be a “dickhead”.