Builders, caregivers, sanitizers. Thus Giuseppe Conte survives himself

The moment of maximum pathos in the Senate came when in mid-afternoon the sanitizers, the anti-covid sanitation workers, began to spray disinfectant on objects and leather armchairs in the Garibaldi Room, making the slalom between journalists, collaborators and various staff gathered to listen to the debate, just as the most awaited speech of the day, that of Matteo Renzi, was being broadcast on the mega screens. So that in the heavy theatrical pauses of the leader of IV one could hear the “fffhh-ffhh” of the saving splashes, with its comic effect and chuckles muffled by the masks. “We have a world record, we are the worst on the economy,” said Renzi. “Ffhh-fffhh,” replied the sanitizers. “You were afraid to go up to the Quirinale,” said Renzi. “Fffhh-fffhh,” replied the sanitizers. «It is the kairos, the opportune moment: now or never», Renzi said. “Ffhh-fffhh-fffhhh,” replied the sanitizers.


Monday in the Chamber, Tuesday in Palazzo Madama. The premier can gain confidence, even after Iv’s snatch, but he does not extend the boundaries of the majority. And political Vietnam risks

A special, isolated moment. For the rest, such an unaffective government crisis had never been seen, not even in the grayest moments of the Monti government. If this match had begun “incomprehensible”, it ended up sad. A debate repeatedly defined as “surreal”, even more often in reality decidedly modest, approximate, between a display of ancient Greek, African evocations, quotes from Borsellino, Fanfani, Andreotti, even from Zio Crocifisso dei Malavoglia. Zero wing strikes: no political wind, neither lexical nor tactical-strategic, has raised the vortex of the crisis beyond the concierge level at which it had begun. Nothing took off. Only an incessant coming and going of wax faces, from the head of delegation Pd Dario Franceschini to the regent M5S Vito Crimi, while the grillino minister Federico D’Incà, in a secluded corner, received and tried to convince the uncertain by offering the most varied solutions. In the end, Matteo Renzi was nailed to the accusations he has made to the premier for over a week, without saving, on all available platforms.

Giuseppe Conte has provided more and more stammering illustrations of his work, promising everything with ever greater vagueness, and saying only at the last reply that without the numbers he would have been ready to “go home”. Pure contrast: no subcontractor or transversal or diversionary maneuvers, no political leaven to build maneuvers, to imagine a first half, a third half, a twelfth round. The lexical precautions, stuff of other times: in comparison, someone like Pier Ferdinando Casini seemed like a giant.

“We were already working on the end-of-term pact. Immediately after the possible trust, we will evaluate an issue we were already discussing: how to strengthen the government team”, says Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, speaking in response to the Senate communications on the crisis opened Italy Viva. “Of course there is a problem of numbers: if they are not there, the government goes home”, replied the premier to those who questioned the survival of the executive with such small numbers in Palazzo Madama. “Armchairs? When I hear this word I am not ashamed to say that we are sitting on these armchairs. It is not important to say ‘I am not interested in the armchair’, but to be interested in sitting with discipline and honor”, concluded Conte. by Camilla Romana Brunovideo Camera TV

As for the numbers, a highly anticipated measure of all things in the absence of better, it ended 156 to 140 after the thrill of a 321 yes in the House on Monday evening, five more than the absolute majority of 316, thanks to 4 votes from former M5S and one from Fi Renata Polverini, before a series of Azzurri supporters, according to the prevailing explanation about the future majority of the Conte government. This time in the Senate the surprise was made by Riccardo Nencini of the New PSI-Italia alive and the former M5S Lillo Ciampolillo, who entered with their yeses practically with the ballot box closed, and two other Azzurri: Maria Rosaria Rossi, once called “caregiver” of Silvio Berlusconi, and Andrea Causin from Veneto. Both voted yes to the government and were promptly proclaimed “out of the party” by Antonio Tajani, number two of Fi, who also specified how, in this way, Conte cannot govern especially in commissions where, with the numbers reduced to scale, such a small difference between majority and opposition leads to stalemate.

The Conte government collects the trust with 156 yes and 140 no. The abstentions are 16, or the senators of Italia Viva, led by Matteo Renzi. Therefore, the result hoped for by the premier arrives, with 7 votes more than the relative majority, set at 149 senators. Important last minute yeses from senators Ciampolillo, former M5S, and Nencini, Psi, who asked to vote after the president had closed the vote. It therefore took a long time to verify the correctness of the procedure, and protests from the hemicycle began. Curated by Camilla Romana Bruno Video Senate

Twists, none. After having meditated until the last, he called the vote against, which however would have split the party, Renzi confirmed the abstention of the Italia viva group. Three former M5S senators voted “no” by surprise, meaning unexpected landslides in that party as well. Conte has thus remained just above the line of survival, with a nightmare-gathering majority. The operation responsible, constructors, willing, has not taken off so far, and this despite the fact that the premier in the classroom has appealed to everyone (liberals, popular, socialists), mentioned for the first time in history the “Italian union” and promised everything : the proportional law, the protection of autonomy, the chair of the Minister of Agriculture for those who want it, a new majority pact, the single allowance for the new born.

Conte survives, therefore, but these cannot be the conditions for a long life: he lacks a parliamentary majority based on a clear political agreement, the one that the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, had asked him a week ago. And, with such a narrow gap in the Senate, they risk missing even the numbers. But the reinforcements could arrive, in the complicated joint between the armchairs and the promises, between a reshuffle and that proportional law that a piece of center-right (not Salvinian) sees as light at the end of the tunnel.

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