CITY VIEWS: WILL SILVIO BERLUSCONI STILL BE ITALIAN LEADER IN A YEAR?

HOWARD RYLES | UNIQUE

“Yes, his control over the media will sway public opinion to his favour. His large personality and persuasion abilities will carry him through.”

KAREN GRAVES | SCOR UK

“Sadly yes, I think all the bad press he has previously had will not make a difference; it will come down to the lack of a credible alternative.”

PAUL KELLY | ARTHUR J GALLAGHER

“Silvio Berlusconi is a star to the Italians – they don’t care about the scandals, they still see him as a hero. I definitely think he will still be leader in a year.”