So Silvio Berlusconi goes on trial yet again and this time it concerns nothing so mundane as previous defences against fraud and corruption.
No. This one involves having sex with an underage prostitute whom he believed to be the daughter of a former Egyptian leader. Maybe that last sentence isn’t imbued with pinpoint accuracy but who cares? It adds to the intrigue.
If only he could follow the example of that fine upstanding ex-President Bill Clinton and enjoy the occasional cigar.
It would certainly help to improve the bad smell that is forever surrounding his leadership.