Dreams to Miracles

You will remember our leader down here in Italy telling us that his plans were just dreams and he had a list of them that included the first house tax IMU which we have been following on odd posts since April 28th.  Well we have moved on from dreams today to miracles. These objectives  he now calls miracles.  I presume what he means is without divine intervention ( he was a communist in an earlier period of his life so I guess he isn’t holding his breath waiting on God ) the plans will not happen.

Today he announced his first miracle  that IMU would not be collected on June 16th , hurrah we all cried . But , oh we whispered, but if the council of ministers had not agreed to how the tax was to be replaced nor whether the tax on businesses and shops should be repealed as well by August 31st. Then, he said, it will be collected on September 16th instead . Dammit we all cried. However he said , hold on we whispered, however it may be ( and this we think is the miracle one) it might be paid in October instead . Ah Italian clarity at last ! Now we all know where we are or maybe we don’t.  Silvio Berlusconi Pdl (righties) has said that he introduced the deadline to stop the PD ( lefties) continuing to kick this into the long grass  till next year and taking the tax in December. Silvio likes October elections. Most of his voters are back from their holidays and feeling good so turn out in force to vote for him. Polls suggest he needn’t worry too much as he is in the lead anyway.

Trust me there is no music that goes with IMU so a little light opera today I think.

Talking of Il Cavaliere his court case with the lovely Ruby is entering  the stage when English tabloids would be producing supplements to give it the coverage it requires. In other words the juicy bits are on parade.  The prosecutor has introduced the money he was paying and the names of the other girls alongside Ruby that have been involved. The list is rather lengthy but as the weekend is coming up here is small selection of them and what they were in for in terms of money you understand. I have linked their names to  websites that feature them so click on or not .

Now Ruby we have already featured in a Youtube clip this week. Suffice to say that she has apparently received some €4.5 million from Sr. Berlusconi in hush money . It is with her that he is accused of having underage age sex but before you start thinking of various UK soap stars, the age of consent here is still 18 and Ruby was 17 yrs 10 months. Anyway rather endearingly she says now that they shared a bed but hey he is a 76 year old and he tried but then fell asleep.

Nicole Minette  received €155.000 in “expenses ” .Silvio also recognised her obvious talents and got her a top job on the Lombardy Regional Council which pays her €12,000 a month ( you can see where so much of Italy’s money goes). A councillor on €144,000 a year.

Ioana Visan received  €2,500 a month but also was paid €10,000 for each party she attended . She used to dress up as President Obama it seems but the high spot of the party was her impersonation of the Prosecutor Ida Boccassini which Silvio loved.

You couldn’t make this up. Can you imagine any other country where the leader of the opposition and at the next election the expected leader would be in this kind of court case.

I love it it is just so Italian.

Now if you have 27 mins to spend listening to music here it is

Have a lovely weekend.


About hereinpuglia

Retired to Puglia after some 40 years in the travel industry working for P&O Lines, British Airways, Alamo rent-a-car,Abercrombie&Kent, owner of Quest Tours and Travel and finally with Thomas Cook North America. Married to Geraldine we now have a small house with too much land near the town of Martina Franca in Puglia. Two kids one married and living in Hong Kong and the other single and living in London. No dogs, no cats no animals.
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