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House speaker Boldrini rejects Battiato 'whores' comment

Singer-songwriter implies MPs should 'open a brothel'

House speaker Boldrini rejects Battiato 'whores' comment

Rome, March 26 - Newly-elected House Speaker Laura Boldrini on Tuesday rejected allegations by Italian singer-songwriter Franco Battiato that Italy's parliament was full of "whores". "I find it hard to believe that a man of culture such as Battiato, who is also currently involved in governing the important region of Sicily, would have pronounced such vulgar words," she said. Earlier in the day the Sicilian regional councillor for tourism told the European Parliament that some Italian MPs would be prepared to "do anything" and that it would be better "if they opened a brothel". "As President of the Chamber of Deputies and as a woman I firmly reject his insult to the dignity of Parliament. Not even his prestige authorises him to use such indiscriminately offensive words. Criticism of the failings of politics and of the institutions can be harsh, but it must never overstep the limit that separates it from outrage," concluded Boldrini. Photo: Franco Battiato

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