Berlusconi gaffes: our top ten

A collection of quotes that make you wonder how the Italian premier survived so long.

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)

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New Digital Editor: Serena Kutchinsky

The New Statesman appoints Serena Kutchinsky as Digital Editor.

Serena Kutchinsky is to join the New Statesman as digital editor in September. She will lead the expansion of the New Statesman across a variety of digital platforms.

Serena has over a decade of experience working in digital media and is currently the digital editor of Newsweek Europe. Since she joined the title, traffic to the website has increased by almost 250 per cent. Previously, Serena was the digital editor of Prospect magazine and also the assistant digital editor of the Sunday Times - part of the team which launched the Sunday Times website and tablet editions.

Jason Cowley, New Statesman editor, said: “Serena joins us at a great time for the New Statesman, and, building on the excellent work of recent years, she has just the skills and experience we need to help lead the next stage of our expansion as a print-digital hybrid.”

Serena Kutchinsky said: “I am delighted to be joining the New Statesman team and to have the opportunity to drive forward its digital strategy. The website is already established as the home of free-thinking journalism online in the UK and I look forward to leading our expansion and growing the global readership of this historic title.

In June, the New Statesman website recorded record traffic figures when more than four million unique users read more than 27 million pages. The circulation of the weekly magazine is growing steadily and now stands at 33,400, the highest it has been since the early 1980s.