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Third person spells trouble in politicians

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nixonOUKTP-UK-ITALY-BERLUSCONIBeware of politicians who speak about themselves in the third person. It doesn’t necessarily mean they are paranoid. But it is usually an indicator of some kind of trouble.

More than a decade before he was forced out of the White House for lying, destroying evidence, bugging his political opponents and covering up a crime in the Watergate affair, Richard Nixon (right) famously told journalists at what he said was his last press conference: “You won’t have Nixon to kick around any more.”

Now Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi (left) has taken to referring to himself in the third person as the victim of left-wing judges and the media (at least the parts of it that he doesn’t own or control). His response to the Italian Constitutional Court’s ruling on Wednesday overturning a law that granted the prime minister immunity from prosecution during his term in office was to declare:

Without Silvio, the country would be in the hands of the left and you all know what would happen. The trials that they are going to throw against me are a farce. Long live Italy! Long live Berlusconi! 

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