Alessandra Mussolini, an MP and the grand daughter of Benito Mussolini, has been caught autographing photographs of the fascist leader during a parliamentary debate in Rome.
Lobby photographers took pictures of Miss Mussolini signing the black and white images on behalf of the friend of a fellow MP, Carolina Lussana, a member of the Right-wing, anti-immigrant Northern League party.
One of them portrayed the dictator giving the stiff-armed fascist salute dressed in a black uniform.
Miss Lussana said the request for the photographs to be signed had come from a friend who was “a nostalgic admirer” of the man who led Italy into disastrous colonial adventures, enacted anti-Semitic laws and declared war on Britain and France…
Miss Mussolini, 49, who is proud of her family background, said she could not see what all the fuss was about.
“What harm was there? He’s my grandfather,” said the MP, who is a member of Mr Berlusconi’s People of Freedom party. “I did it, I’ve done it in the past and I would do it again. I can’t understand why there is so much interest.”
Doesn’t she sound just like the Tea Party dodos who claim they’re being discriminated against, unjustly accused of racism and fascism – when they hold one of their Posse Comitatus Rallies, guns and all?
Poisonally, I’d like to have her autograph my favorite photo of her Fascist grandpa. The one taken in the lovely lakeside village of Dongo I visited long, long ago – just to see the spot where her infamous forebear was hung up to dry after his execution.