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Berlusconi will survive

I refer to Lino Spiteri's article last Sunday, which I felt was an attack on the Italian Prime Minister and the electorate.

I think Mr Spiteri has been reading too much of the Italian left-wing press - an opposition that uses the law, through the infamous Toghe Rosse, to unseat a democratically elected government with the largest majority ever enjoyed by an Italian political party.

I also think the article contains distorted information that seeks to offend rather than inform. I have the greatest respect for Mr Spiteri who is a wizard in the economic field, but I simply cannot understand what prompted his article last Sunday.

If a vote were to be taken today, Mr Berlusconi would take the opposition to the cleaners. Italians evaluate their Prime Minister and his cabinet with objectivity - they are judged by their achievements, not their private life.

Mr Berlusconi is a staunch and strong leader and it will take more than an article to unseat him. Nearly 70 per cent of the electorate have yet to be convinced they need to change loyalties, and there is no sign of that yet. On the contrary, the more he is persecuted, the more popular he becomes.

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