What do you think about the Berlusconi sentence?
I've heard some interesting conservative commentary on this, when I say conservative commentary it is the political and social establishment perhaps rather than ideological pundits or commentators specifically, which has suggested that this an illustration of how corrupt and in crisis our institutions are.
Similar commentary was made in the UK recently about the amount of revelations there had been about corruption, illegal activity and cover ups at every single level of society, the police, celebrities, church, politicians, financial institutions, media. The thing is that that was exactly the case but I didnt think that anyone had really looked at it that way, it was quite systemic and totalising but since things were still running people didnt really notice and maybe wouldnt have noticed or paid much attention anyway. In the UK there has been a tendency to try to create panic or public concern because it historically benefited the conservative or right wing candidates in politics.
I'm a little more optimistic though, I think this is to do with accountability and could even be a sign that things are getting better, some of these scandals and definitely the behaviour of Berlusconi was very, very brazen, shameless and cavalier in extremis, its not exactly Caligula and I know it made him popular with some of the Italian electorate, ironically, but this proves there are consequences and power, status and wealth are not going to stop that.