Italy: the government of change might go forward

if new partners will join its ups and downs  

Rome, 21 August 2019 - It’s no news a government falls in Italy. It’s the structural trend of a country where the constant is anarchy while the variable of the chart traces the ups and downs of political instability as a result of party groups not directly originating from within the society or elected on the  basis  of local territories and therefore with limited actual representation and capacity to address the needs (often conflicting) of different communities or groups.


Despite appearance, Italian politicians have always been detached from the society. And here it comes the gap filled by populism: in order to look representative of the electorate let’s pretend differences of class and social divide don’t exist and property owners and renters, businesses and their employees, academics and underskilled are all the same: the people. Now, being considered equal in rights is what belongs to the human rights sphere, but the issue here is that this sphere of equality is exploited through political means in order to simulate ‘universal’ representation and engage a spectrum of voters as wide as possible.

This lowest common denominator has been the ground for 5StarM and Salvini’s Lega coalition government contract, stipulating an agreement over the basic, long overdue, reforms Italy needs from, at least, post WWII.

Now, it is useless to do the rebuke and stress PM Conte (super partes, but close to justicialist/anti-establishment 5StarM) has been attacked through a no-confidence motion, then reacted with a poisoned speech written with four hands with Di Maio by which stabbed Salvini after his summer mini coup aimed at establishing Lega's leader as new Prime Minister in the wake of a 36% - 38% advantage in polls. Then when Salvini realised 5SM is ready to marry with Democratic Party, or at least agree a short term pragmatic liaison to oust Lega, he made a last minute desperate U-turn withdrawing the no-confidence motion against Conte. But all this intricate plot does not give the coordinates to foresee the immediate future.

The total, radical, dismissal of political stances grounded on ideas and strains of thought is what really matter and, as a consequence, next steps depend on the unpredictable ups and downs of power politics: PD (Democratic Party) leader Zingaretti has already made clear he does not agree to the citizenship minimum allowance, a key reform of 5StarM; this is among the main points of practical disagreements not justified by PD's moderate socialism or lefty stances, but by the need of employers and politicians to give jobs in change of political consensus and loyalty. Left opposition leader also wants to get rid of all ministers of this government, only him would remain therefore as prominent figure of a new coalition as 5StarM has no popular members as confirmation of the fact they are a monodimensional, non-structured, online platform to which the law academic Giuseppe Conte succeeded in giving sense of purpose and a refreshing attachment to constitutional principles.

Before leaving the Senate and resign, Conte went through a long list of reforms including job centres (a sort of British job centres plus) where jobs corresponding to actual vacancies would be accessible through transparent applications; now these would be non-qualified, non high skilled jobs, but if the new system will work its progressive integration with recruitment agencies might break the enslaving chain binding jobs to relationships or affiliations: a well known traditional asset of Italy strangling its economic and social development as people, and not stock markets, determine the economy of a country and its ability to change.  

Emy Muzzi

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