Coming around again

Posted by Ian

Why is this bloke looking so pleased with himself?

Because he’s just won a third stint as prime minister of Italy, that’s why. Moreover, he’s won it after a spell spent out of office – in other words, he’s pulled off that increasingly rare political feat, the comeback.

Silvio Berlusconi, for it is he, may or may not be a crook*, but he’s unequivocally a dab hand at triumphing in elections. Can you imagine a similar thing happening in this country? Say, Gordon Brown losing the next election but then going on to win the one after that?

Such Lazarus-like behaviour is highly unlikely, if not implicitly unacceptable, in the UK. It’s just not the done thing. Once you’ve lost once, that’s it for good. No second chances, let alone – as Berlusconi has done – a third. Even our leaders of the opposition nowadays feel obliged to quit if they fight and lose just one general election.

The last time any of our prime ministers did what Silvio’s managed – come back to power after a spell in the wilderness – was over 30 years ago, in the shape of Harold Wilson. Truly another age. But why has that changed? Why should one defeat count as a permanent red card? Why are some countries happy to see old faces back calling the shots, while here there’s an obsession with the searching for the next big thing?

Let’s show a bit of respect for those with experience. Those who’ve been around the block a few times. Those who’ve had to take a few knocks and have learned from their mistakes. I’d rather have a seasoned warrior of 60+ running the country (from whatever party) than a baby face Cameron-esque thirtysomething. Does age count for nothing anymore?

*Other viewpoints are available

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12 Responses to Coming around again

  1. Unknown says:

    who honestly give\’s a flying fuck about this story anyway?? we as a country have to worry about the twat thats running the show as it is. gordan brown is a fucking scottish wanker!!! he\’s so full of shit it makes me sick. that italian prick is just another leader. it really doesn\’t matter who\’s in charge there all gonna fuckin lie, cheat and steal!! i say good luck to the italian twat face wanker, coz if italians are that thick as to let him back through the door and back into power then they deserve it. stupid fucking cunts!!! good day!!!

  2. Osman says:

    Obviously this story is wasted on "no name", if you\’re not into politics, why even bother posting a comment? Shouldn\’t you be reading the Sun and getting up in arms about the latest football score or story about immigration? It\’s sad how you could go on for ages about people like not being truly representative of England, the truth is that they are.I completely agree with the latter part of the article, well done to Berlusconi on his comeback and it is a shame how we don\’t have a great many politicians capable of pulling off a comeback like that. Although looking at how Gordon Brown\’s reign is going thus far, there may still be hope…

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