The cakes in the face between Salvini and Meloni are the fault of the Rosatellum

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Italian politician Giorgia Meloni guest at Porta a Porta television broadcast, in the background Matteo Salvini. Rome (Italy), January 21st, 2020 (Photo by Massimo Di Vita / Massimo Di Vita Archive / Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)

The cakes in the face between Salvini and Meloni are a real pleasure for the opponents. Every time a “wave” is thrown at it, because certain things once happened mainly on the left; D’Alema, Bertinotti, Prodi had led us to believe that hurting yourself was a typical prerogative of the progressive world, self-harm almost a sign of belonging, while on the other side they would never have been able to. Instead, there they are, Giorgia and Matteo, giving a cheerful show: on the secret services, on the candidates for mayors, now also on the Rai armchairs. Their feud could fuel a wonderful TV series because the ingredients are all there: spite and revenge, low blows and spite. But to personal rust is added more, much more, which is worth reflecting on because it concerns the entire Italian political system, including the “gauche”.

Even if those two wanted to get along, they would be condemned to fight as gladiators in the arena. Who obliges us is the “Rosatellum”: an electoral law born with the best of intentions but distorted by some perverse mind. It is giving away a booty of seats, the so-called majority stake, which forces leaders to make alliances even when they don’t want to. The intent is to know before the vote who will make agreements with whom, instead of finding out later, and to entice the parties to row on the same side in the perspective of governing together. On paper a marvel. Except that the “Rosatellum” then assigns two thirds of the seats with the proportional method, which is a contradiction in terms because instead of making up a team, everyone is pushed to play for themselves. If your name is Meloni, or Salvini, your worst enemy becomes the one who most resembles you because he turns to the same potential voters and tries to take them away from you.

As if that weren’t enough, whoever gets the most votes in an alliance actually becomes its leader; in case of victory he can claim the leadership of the government: which spreads further fuel on the fire, adds enmity to the normal rivalry, from the political level he transfers the clash to the personal one as is happening on the right and, soon, it will happen on the left. Because until now Pd and Cinque Stelle have focused on their respective navel, the “dem” have changed the leader and the grillini as well; but soon they will have to decide whether to make an alliance ahead of the elections and put together a broad front, the widest possible, to beat a right wing in the polls. At that point there will be no escape: between Enrico Letta and Antonio Conte there will be the same perverse dynamic that forces you to add up the forces in the single-member colleges but tearing apart in the proportional ones, to present themselves united for the government but at war for the leadership, to run together tripping up to the day of the vote and maybe even after.

Unfortunately it is a matter that people are not passionate about, after all Italy has other problems. In the editorial offices it is forbidden to talk about it (“what a beard, what a bore”); the parties seem exhausted. Nobody intends to correct a diabolical device that tragically blends together the defects of the majority (alliances created to win, not to govern) with the flaws of the proportional (each for himself and God for all): the worst of both worlds. The only change mentioned in the subheading concerns single-member colleges. Someone would like to reduce them in number and turn them into a “prize” for those who win, for the sole purpose of averting the hell that will break out before the elections when leaders will have to choose nearly 200 common candidates fighting them one by one. The same fate as Renzo’s capons; which were intended in the pot; but instead of being quiet, “they made every effort to peck at each other, as happens too often among fellow sufferers.”


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