To some extent you have to look at the response to anyone saying 'Tony Blair is a war criminal' or look at Nixon's re-election during Watergate to see that people believe what they want when it comes to politics.
""Berlusconi is falsely accused by communists and anarchists who don't believe in free enterprise. He has done nothing wrong.""
(I put double sets of " around that in the hope no-one will think that is what I think.)
From what I've read, the problem has arisen because of the intervention of the 'protest' party that has diverted enough votes to block a clear majority.
An important thought for anyone voting in Eastleigh this week. 'I voted UKIP because I want a Labour government'.