Italian politician Zobbi annoyed by constant giggling
An Italian politician who is visiting Malta has expressed his exasperation at the incessant giggling among journalists at press conferences and interviews, and at no one wanting to tell him what is so funny.
Tarcisio Zobbi, a member of the Italian right-leaning party UDC, is in Malta after being invited by Zwieg Bla Divorzju (Marriage With No Divorce) to talk about the damage that divorce has done to his country.
The anti-divorce movevent had previously described Zobbi as their secret weapon, but the way in which things panned out will have left the Movement with egg on its face.
As soon as Mr. Zobbi took to the specially-erected stage at the Upper Barrakka and announced his name, sniggering broke out among members of the press, much to the bemusement of the Italian.
As the conference progressed, an increasingly flustered Zobbi could be seen mouthing the words “Ma perche?” to embarrassed-looking chairman Andre Camilleri, who merely shrugged his shoulders.
After half an hour of trying to explain how Italian men were no longer able to be as publicly adulterous as they liked after the introduction of divorce in 1974, only to be met by the quivering lips of those present , Zobbi finally exploded. “You giornalisti think you’re so clever”, Zobbi spat at the press, who were now roaring with laughter. “Well let me tell you, Tarcisio Zobbi will not stand for this!” he yelled, before wiping his face and attempting to continue.
Another TV interview which took place after the press conference had to be cancelled after just five minutes because the TVM journalist was unable to stand up straight.
Later in the afternoon, Mr. Zobbi then demanded an explanation at a reception with the Prime Minister at Castille, but Dr. Gonzi swiftly changed the subject and offered Zobbi a sausage roll.
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