Italy is never short of a good story, which is why on Wednesday and Thursday WHYS is decamping to the northern Italian city of Milan, where there are three hot talking points at the moment all jostling to make into into two programmes. Tell us which you’d like to talk about.
1) Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is back in the news as an Italian newspaper has released tapes which allegedly record Mr Berlusconi’s conversation with an escort before spending the night together.
A spokesman for the 72-year-old’s political grouping, People of Freedom, said L’Espresso was merely trying to revive an “already dead” scandal. But is the scandal really dead?
Mr Berlusconi has been accused of having escorts and young girls at parties at his various homes and his wife left him after accusing him of ‘consorting with minors’. Add to that the consistent corruption allegations and his hold over the Italian media. Is he fit to be leading Italy?
2) Away from the sheen of gossip magazines, Italy’s attitude to immigrants is hardening. Earlier this month Italy’s parliament has given final approval to a law which imposes hefty fines on people who house illegal immigrants, and most controversially, allows unarmed civilian gangs to patrol on the streets.
We’ve already made contact with some immigrants, both legal and illegal, as well as the groups that oppose them. If you’d like to hear more from them, let us know.
3) And a truly shocking story that’s emerged over the weekend – the Milanese authorities say that 34 percent of 11 year olds have a problem with alcohol. It’s led them to impose for the first time a ban on selling alcohol to under-sixteens – an extreme measure in a country which has no minimum drinking age.
If you tell us you want to hear more about why Milan’s youth apparently have such a problem with alcohol, tell us, and we’ll try to get some on to the programme to talk to you on Thursday. (It’s a slightly tall order to find English-speaking 11 year olds who drink too much, but rest assured we’ll do our best.)
Updates to follow. Arrivederci!