Government crisis, more Count for everyone

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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte faces a confidence vote at the lower house of parliament after former PM Matteo Renzi pulled his party out of government, in Rome, Italy, January 18, 2021. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane/Pool

The key is in a word, “help us”, addressed to Catholics, socialists, liberals and, during the reply also to “individual parliamentarians”, available, those who once were stoned as defectors, turncoats, in short, the party of the cadrega. The people’s advocate of the past, then reincarnated as the standard bearer of a democratic front to stem the sovereign tide, in his third transformist metamorphosis accomplishes the masterpiece of “institutionalizing the souk”, with an invocation never heard in this Chamber, so simple, heartfelt and so shameless. The important thing is to take vows that, like vil money, have no smell, just have them and the more the better. “Aiutateci”, the only lyric climax of the speech of the crisis, in which the Ministry of Agriculture agitates as compensation for those who offer themselves and the prospect of a “ter” where there will be room for everyone.

At least, on that famous August 20, there was some political substance. There was the goal, the reversal of the field, matured in the pathos of the conflict with Salvini, the expectation of opposites that meet. Passion, emotion, risk, ambition for a political operation, shared or not. But politics. And, with it, some fresh start verve. For heaven’s sake, it was understood that with Renzi, Unnamed and Innominable, the mending is impossible, because what happened is “indelible”. All clear, adamant, including the malice of not personalizing the comparison and of accepting some requests (the transfer of the delegation to the services) to reveal the pretext of the arguments and groped some of his members to remain in the majority.

But what is clear stops here, because the premier announces a change of majority to move forward, but not “which” and “how” to move forward, to “do what”, because the logic is the souk, a mechanism that feeds if same. It is the political design that makes us understand where we are going, the market feeds itself, in the supply-demand mechanism. Persuasive and tempting, today the premier had to “buy” (politically speaking of course), and therefore it is too much to expect a vision beyond “any”. More Conte for everyone, then: the Democratic Party promised the “legislative pact” (we have been talking about it for only seven months), and also the proportional (also here for a year), proportional that could be good for attracting the center-right defectors and to the stateless in the center who want to play a gambetta in the center. A sufficiently vague program has been announced to suit everyone, with evergreen strategic issues over the last twenty years: the tax reform, the legendary bureaucracy, more simplifications for everyone, a “we will not leave anyone behind”. And obviously, a nice oath of loyalty to America by Biden, of which the premier says he has always been a convinced admirer, even in Giuseppi’s time.

Let’s make it short, because the real political balance will be done after the Senate. Everything that was expected was said, without acute notes, in a climate of permanent verification that takes place in a dimension separated from reality with its tragedies and its health and economic urgencies. A political anthem in which the word “dead” remains unnamed, reaching 80 thousand, as well as a free balance sheet of the work done and the many dossiers opened and sent back. School, work, vaccines, everything is listed with bureaucratic lightness. The political crisis in the middle of the pandemic, facing the country, is destined not to be resolved even after the Senate vote.

Indeed, the horizon is this, while throughout the day a swarm of rumors chase each other around what the Five Stars, which before becoming so governors called in a heavy way “cow market”: three of Forza Italia in the balance Senate, promises of ministries to the UDC, hunting individual senators. Conte will collect the trust in the Senate. Also because the center-right, net of the screams that unite it, did not offer an alternative political option, on which it is divided (go to the item: institutional government). And if, as it seems, the government does not reach “quota 161”, once confidence has been collected, it will continue to try, around the perspective of the ter, to build a center leg with, in fact, socialists, liberals, popular people, available to stabilize the government. In short, we have already officially entered the third phase of the legislature, after the Conte-Salvini and the Conte-Renzi. The Count with whoever is there, precisely Conte whatever.


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