My political hair obsession

Here are some pictures to illustrate the obsessive focus of my interest in the run-up to the recent elections here in Italy. The idea for the article I wanted to write was this: to make a few sarcastic (or, ideally, funny) personal observations, but also to get a psychologist to comment on what the politician’s hair might say to the voters (inspire trust/distrust, affection/loathing, charisma/lack of, etc.). It would have been curious to see if these interpretations of the main contenders’ hair had actually reflected in the results. But this piece would have worked before the elections and, unfortunately, I was sick!

I have decided to post a few of my thoughts anyway…

Silvio Berlusconi

Silvio Berlusconi

Look at Berlusconi with his patently felt-tipped head. Does this tell voters he’s a dissembler and a fake? Can you trust a man who wants to give the impression of being something he’s not?

Pier Luigi Bersani

Pier Luigi Bersani

Bersani has the head that Berlusconi would have if he were ‘honest’ about his hair loss. Does that mean Bersani inspires more trust? Does the voter think “what you see is what you get – this man is reliable”?

Oscar Giannino

Oscar Giannino

Giannino has all the hair Berlusconi would like to have on his head…but on his face. Bald on top, ridiculously hairy around the mouth. What does this mean? (I have no idea but my psychologist might have had some). Does it show fearlessness? In the end, this guy really buggered up his (slim) chances by lying in his online CV that he had a Master’s degree which he didn’t have. How dumb is that?

Beppe Grillo

Beppe Grillo

His hair reminds me of my old Super Girls World – it just grows and grows. The more he ranted on his campaign trail, the wilder and bushier it seemed to become. The question I kept asking myself was: is he deliberately cultivating his luscious locks just to piss off Berlusconi? Like Loadsamoney used to flash his wad around, is Grillo perhaps shaking his mane at Berlusconi? And what did his abundance of hair say to voters in contrast with the dearth on his main rivals’ heads?

Gianroberto Casaleggio

Gianroberto Casaleggio

Now look at the man behind Grillo’s Five Star Movement, Gianroberto Casaleggio. He is the ideas man (the so-called guru) but rarely appears in public. He was on the news the other night and Andrea said “blimey, for a moment I thought that was John Lennon” (or the equivalent in Italian of ‘blimey’). He has even more and longer hair than his movement’s mouthpiece! So now they’ve won so many votes, I’m convinced there must be something in the hair connection, but I’m just not quite sure what as I never did contact a psychologist…

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