Antonio Di Pietro, the eternal return of the uncle of the 5 Stars


Beppe Grillo with Antonio Di Pietro during the “Sum # 01-Understanding the future” event organized by the 5 Star Movement in Ivrea, 8 April 2017. ANSA / ANTONINO DI MARCO

In the end, the origin. Which is not a happy ending, but yet another paradox, between historical references and stamped papers within which the division of the Movement takes place. Where the end, which tells of the pure, indeed only some of them, in search of a symbol to form a parliamentary group. And that symbol calls into question the origin, remember when Beppe Grillo nominated Tonino di Pietro to the Quirinale, reciprocated by sharing a Mexican dream of a “ticket like Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata”.

Among the expelled today, indistinct magma between those who have their heads in court because “this is my house” and those who are with the abacus in their hands in search of numbers for a group, the name of the most famous former prosecutor in Italy has reappeared , the first conductor of the orchestra who made the town sing o-ne-stà, o-ne-stà, without going too far into that Ambrosian rite that delivered the First Republic to guilt even before the outcome of the trials. It has reappeared because the symbol, which has not appeared on the ballot paper for several decades, is as good as bread to form a parliamentary group.

There is something if the very last secretary, Ignazio Messina, in Repubblica, admits “interlocutions” in progress. Then, how this evocative story will turn out is quite another matter. Who knows if Tonino, a former policeman with a tough character, who led that personal party for a decade in government with the attitude of his father, is willing to give the symbol to others, remaining to produce oil and wine in Montenero di Bisaccia: “Fifty-five quintals of wine – he once told – about twenty quintals of oil … The other morning a neighbor gave me quail eggs in exchange for a piece of ventricina ”. At the moment there is silence to be recorded. Contacted by HuffPost, he elegantly escaped with the more classic “no declarations”, a phrase that confirms that something is there, but obviously not everything is so simple.

And in any case we return to Di Pietro. And in this game of references and paradoxes, in the context of the iron law of purity – there is always a purer pure that purifies you – there is that it was precisely the interruption of the Mexican dream, not only but also that, to throw open the doors to grillismo on the ashes of the first execution party in the history of Italy. Interruption occurred following condemnation without appeal for the former prosecutor after the famous transmission of Report entitled The insatiable, dedicated to the management of electoral reimbursements. Tonino is accused of an opaque management of public funds, partly used for the purchase of houses and farmhouses.

The retaliation has served: the media judgment is more powerful than the defense in the trial and the explanations provided by the leader of Italia dei Valori who is downloaded by almost everyone, starting with the Democratic Party and the left with whom, only a couple of years earlier , he had let himself be immortalized in a photo in Vasto, another horizon yellowed a few months later in the winter of the Monti government. Five days later Di Pietro is in effect inscribed by Beppe Grillo in the rotten system to be demolished and will be forced to find hospitality in Antonio Ingroia’s lists: “Antonio Di Pietro has my friendship, but the M5S will not ally itself with the Idv, nor with anyone else. The M5S wants to replace the party system with direct democracy ”. Thus ends a partnership begun in the late nineties, when Gianroberto Casaleggio, even before founding the Movement, proposed to take care of the communication of Italia dei Valori, receiving assistance from Di Pietro, which continued later, in the lawsuits for defamation , in the role of lawyer. And the oblivion and return of private life begins for the man who held Italy in the hands of Clean Hands, when an Elle poll immortalized him as “the sexiest man on the planet after Harrison Ford”.

However, time heals many wounds, especially among people who go to the point, concrete. And the “uncle of the M5s”, so Di Pietro has always considered himself, from time to time we have seen him wandering around the grillini to dispense advice. Like that time at the Hotel Forum, when discussing the banking commission, to Grillo and Elio Lannutti, the one who had left Di Pietro seven years earlier, challenging him for an excessively severe attitude with the Pd, to become Grillo’s confidant. One who has made a name for himself as a fascist-grillino who spreads post anti-Semites, except then stigmatizing the error, attacks the billionaire Soros and the NGOs as well as the sovereignists, reasons why the banking commission recorded the hostility of that Democratic Party towards which he had accused Di Pietro of being too severe. On that occasion Tonino advised Beppe to “close the ranks of the Movement”. Now that the ranks are open and there are at least two movements, Elio Lannutti leaves Grillo to return to his origins and close the ranks of dissidents around the seagull of Italia dei Valori, in this infinite game of references. In the end, the origin: everything ends where it began or simply everything ends.

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