On Atac you vote to extinguish the flames

Rome. Small survey with no statistical value: among the mothers' chats worried about the school seats closed on Monday, among the people at the market or waiting on the subway platform the Sunday referendum on the tendering of the local public transport service is an ircocervo. Few people know that you vote, almost no one has clear on what you vote and many even do not even know where they will have to vote. It is a paradox of a consultation that should be very close to millions of citizens who use public transport every day and that, according to at least the data of the last report on the quality of life and services of the capital, rejected Roman public transport without appeal.

But in a city hanging on the sentence on the Marra trial in which the mayor Virginia Raggi is charged for forgery and therefore at risk of resignation in the event of conviction, the paradox is now at home and Nobody seems to be surprised that the five-star administration has denied years of prosopopoeia on direct and participated democracy by actually sealing up an advisory referendum so in August 2017 the Radicals collected 33 thousand signatures. A well-defined strategy culminated with the decision to apply to the consultation, called and then postponed to avoid the concurrence with the June vote in the municipalities III and VIII, even the old rules that provide a quorum of 33 percent of voters for its validity notwithstanding the new statute of the Municipality wanted by the Movement to have canceled the participation threshold for the consultative referendum. This means that, in order for the vote to be valid, about seven hundred thousand citizens must be present at the polls, 50 percent more than those who voted Virginia Raggi in the first round of the administrative elections in 2016. It serves a miracle, in short.

"There was an obvious strategy aimed at making the consultation fail – attacks Alessandro Capriccioli, regional councilor of Lazio + Europe and among the promoters of the referendum – the municipality did not even want to take advantage of the money that we managed to make available in the region to finance sending letters to citizens' homes in case referendum consultation. Simply, they did nothing to promote the consultation. In fact, they have not lost an opportunity, from the mayor down, to boycott it ". "But this – continues Capriccioli – is an opportunity to give back to the public the dignity that today no longer entrusting him exclusively to the task of organizing, planning and planning the service and freeing him from running a company like Atac which is technically bankrupt. A misunderstanding has arisen that in Rome Atac and public service are synonymous: this, however, is not a referendum on the Atac but on a public transport service that belongs to citizens and that today citizens do not have in these conditions ".

On the chessboard, though, the Radicals have remained more or less alone in supporting the referendum. There would also be the Democratic Party to be honest, even Matteo Renzi has expressed himself in favor in recent days, but despite the freedom "of conscience" left in the phase of the collection of signatures to the "Yes" full and convinced the Democratic Party has arrived (not without defections) only to the photo finish after a quick consultation with their members. "The silencer is being put in the referendum because it is afraid of the response of the Romans to a judgment on the administration that has failed miserably on this as on many other issues", has attacked the city secretary Andrea Casu.

On the other side of the barricade, on the front of the "No", there are all the others. From the movement to the center-right parties, from the unions to the committees of the Atac workers who on the one hand aim to boycott the referendum and on the other hand answer 700 to the selection for the scrutineers. The left is also part of the front, with Stefano Fassina and the former councilor of the junta Raggi Paolo Berdini gathered under the banner of the "Atac Bene Comune" committee. "The experience – explains the deputy of Leu – teaches us that when private individuals enter what I call 'natural monopolies' the results are very bad".

The "Mejo de no" committee was very active and many pd disappointed by the party's choice also joined. "The malfunctioning of the Roman tpl does not depend only on its management – explains the president Francesco Di Giovanni, former councilor for transport of the city hall at the time of the junta Alemanno – and the problem is the ongoing absence of investment and infrastructure works. It is not the change of management between public and private that can change the quality of a service that is structurally incapable of functioning properly. We need an act of political responsibility ". "The referendum has consultative value, we will take it into consideration to improve – the Mayan Rays liquid issue – but the Romans have already expressed themselves two years ago". In the meantime, despite the fact that the referendum was pending, pending the agreement, Atac granted the extension of the service with direct assignment until 2021 with a decision deemed illegitimate even by the Anti-Corruption. When we say direct democracy.

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