World 9 November 2011 Berlusconi gaffes: our top ten A collection of quotes that make you wonder how the Italian premier survived so long. Print HTML Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has announced that he will step down after a new stability package is approved in parliament. Over the course of his political career, he has come out with a string of gaffes and misguided jokes. We've picked our top ten -- feel free to share any we've left out in the comment box below. 1. On his love of Italy: In a few months... I'm leaving this shitty country of which I'm sickened. (July 2011) 2. On women: When asked if they would like to have sex with me, 30% of women said, 'Yes', while the other 70% replied, 'What, again?' (April 2011) 3. On the L'Aquila Earthquake victims: Of course, their current lodgings are a bit temporary. But they should see it like a weekend of camping. (April 2009) 4. On how tough it is to be a billionaire: I am without doubt the person who's been the most persecuted in the entire history of the world and the history of man. (October 2009) 5. On his own sexual abilities: I only managed to do eight of them, I couldn't manage any more...You just can't get round to all of them. But this morning I feel great, I'm pleased with my stamina. (November 2009) 6. On Barack Obama: Handsome, young and also suntanned. (November 2008) 7. On his personal sacrifice: I am the Jesus Christ of politics...I am a patient victim, I put up with everyone, I sacrifice myself for everyone. (February 2006) 8. On his own record in office: Only Napoleon did more than I have done. (February 2006) 9. On Mussolini: Mussolini never killed anyone. Mussolini sent people on holiday in (internal) exile. (September 2004) 10. On balding: I have little hair because my brain is so big it pushes the hair out. (2001) › Andy Burnham on the NHS, school freedom and working with Lib Dems Subscribe More Related articles Meet the man forcing the Government to reveal its plans for Brexit Slowly but surely, the patriotism question is making its way into Labour How will the MH17 report impact Russia's relations with the West?