Wednesday, June 18, 2008


From yesterday's Guardian:

'The Italian government yesterday introduced a measure which, if passed, will suspend for one year two trials involving prime minister Silvio Berlusconi and David Mills, the estranged husband of Tessa gives Berlusconi respite from a trial in which he and Mills are accused of financial wrongdoing and a second in which he is accused of bribing Mills to give favourable testimony.'

Tessa Jowell is the Minister for the Olympics and London.
The London 2012 Olympics are going to an example of  bread and circuses 21st century style.  It took Montreal about 30 years to pay for the 1976 jamboree I dread to think what is going to happen in London where it is billions over budget already.
But the purpose of the London Olympics, as with those coming up in Beijing, is to create an illusion.

'Bisogna far buono viso a cattivo gioco' , appearances are important it's therefore 'necessary to disguise a bad game with a good face'.- The Dark Heart of Italy: Tobias Jones


Blogger Philip Amos said...

Well, no, you couldn't make it up, which is why an endnote in one of Camilleri's novels explains how Italy's Statute of Limitations offers politicians' lawyers infinite ways to get their clients off the hook. This latest may just be the most blatant yet.

On the Olympics, the current London Review of Books, accessible online, has a singularly fine article by Iain Sinclair, 'The Olympics Scam: The Razing of East London'. A highly informative read, and a sad and infuriating one.

6:05 AM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Thanks for the information on that article, it sounds as if I will a large whisky while I read it.

7:05 AM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

I will need a large whisky my thoughts were getting ahead of me.

I am dealing with an insurance claim for my mother in law, putting her apartment on the market and dealing with the CARE Blackerton fiasco at the same time so if I make mistakes please excuse me.

1:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All the best for your dealings with CARE Blackerton.

And in the words of a certain columnist in the the Daily Mail: "You couldn't make it up" re what you write about here.

Richard Littlejohn will have somehting to say on this, I'm sure.

3:12 PM  

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