The buck stops here. that is the traditional line of personal responsibility that many political leaders adopt to show that they represent the embodiment of their country’s universally accepted values. Part of the public example is usually that of sound,positively directed speech. It is not expected that citizens of a country will hear their prime minister cursing like one of the common thugs or one of the uncivilized barbarians.

That is not the case it now appears for the citizens of Italy. Their prime minister is one of their wealthiest citizens and one of their most controversial. Silvio Berlusconi has been mostly making headlines for his fetish of very young girls and his sexual gratifications. Read the following excerpt that captures the essence of the situation at hand right now.

It was in a phone conversation with Lavitola late on 13 July that Berlusconi was said by the judge to have erupted in anger. “They can say about me that I screw. It’s the only thing they can say about me. Is that clear?” he said to the man allegedly blackmailing him. “They can put listening devices where they like. They can tap my telephone calls. I don’t give a f&*k. I … In a few months, I’m getting out to mind my own f%&king business, from somewhere else, and so I’m leaving this shitty country of which I’m sickened.”

I think the electorate in any democracy has to ponder on what their political leaders really think of them. Are campaign images just a facade? Albeit Italy’s PM might be an extreme case, the public should have some randomly honest way of hearing or finding out how they are being ranked by the persons they elected into high office.

via Berlusconi vows to leave shitty Italy in conversation recorded by police | World news | The Guardian.