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Berlo uses “Animal Farm” defence

Lawyers claim Italian PM is “first above equals” and should thus be protected from prosecution


 

In Canada, as in Britain, we speak of the prime minister as a “first among equals.” It’s a platitude, to be sure, and one Silvio Berlusconi’s legal team are effectively mocking by arguing the Italian Prime Minister should be prosecuted over corruption accusations. The PM, they say, is a “first above equals,” recalling that famous line in George Orwell’s satirical novel Animal Farm: “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.” That would violate Italy’s constitution, which states all citizens are equal before the law. It would also make Berlusconi a pig, if you’re inclined to extend the literary analogy.

Times Online


 
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