The news is that no-one cares. Silvio has not been even momentarily inconvenienced. The gubernatorial election in Sardinia, which Berlusconi fought personally, with barely an appearance from the now governor-elect Cappellacci, has resulted in a triumph for the bandana against the banda larga. (Cappellacci’s opponent, Renato Soro, is the founder of telecommunications company Tiscali). Once again, Berlusconi has demonstrated his contempt both for international opinion and his own electorate, whose indifference suggests that contempt is justified. The Cavaliere is not renowned for his intellectual statecraft, but one wonders whether he has been boning up on his Machiavelli; “ the constitution and laws established in a republic at its very origin, when men were still pure, no longer suit when men have become corrupt and bad”. Silvio’s memory of the events that his own newspaper “Il Giornale” refers to as having taken place “a lifetime ago” may be conveniently patchy, but his psychology is spot on. The apathetic attitude towards corruption which permitted the Sardinian result suggests that justice in Italy can no longer look to the law for recourse.