Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi enters a press conference to accuse opponents of preventing his party from registering candidates for regional elections.
But when a heckler disrupted the proceedings, Defence Minister Ignazio La Russ had to step in.
“I am not only a prime minister but I am also a tycoon and therefore I have my own personality to add to that of a politician,” said Berlusconi before he was rudely interrupted.
“You are not only making yourself look rude but also
ridiculous,” he responded when the heckler carried on.
“I can understand why you are so angry, because every morning when you go and look at yourself in the mirror and you see yourself, you have already ruined your day.”
Appropriately, the defence minister himself acted as an impromptu bouncer ensuring the offending political activist was effectively silenced.
An IPR marketing poll says support for Berlusconi has sunk to its lowest level since he began a third term as premier two years ago.
Only 44 per cent of people surveyed said they had faith in the billionaire turned politician. In October of 2008 the polls gave him a 62 per cent approval rating.