The audacity that is lacking in the Democratic Party and the Five Stars

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Cthe ten points in favor of the Mes that Nicola Zingaretti enunciated Monday on the columns of this newspaper are convincing. A very effective manifesto, well written, well argued. Shareable, in our opinion, from the first to the last word. Sorry that the government partners have dropped that text without even worthy of any consideration. A not new discourtesy towards the secretary Pd, treated sufficiently by the M5S even when he asked to take into consideration the cultural rights or a radical revision of the Salvini decrees. Perhaps it depends on the fact that, when he launches his proposals, Zingaretti reveals that he is, so to speak, resigned to a lack of response from Vito Crimi’s followers.

But perhaps instead the proposal of Zingaretti was not accepted for general awareness of the fact that in Parliament there is no majority in favor of the Mes. The Pd, Matteo Renzi’s followers, Silvio Berlusconi’s and Emma Bonino’s, plus somebody else in scattered order, are oriented towards s. On the contrary, the parties of the previous government (and they would already be a majority) to which are added the Brothers of Italy and a non-quantifiable share of the more radical left divided between the minister Speranza apparently pro-Mes, Loredana De Petris deployed (as Conte) for the postponement to September of any request and Stefano Fassina who defined the use of the Fund to save States unnecessarily dangerous, useful only to get by a few months.

Conte himself was not inclined to speed up the practice and to an impatient Angela Merkel he made it clear that for Europe there would be no benefit if Italy plunged into a government crisis for the sole sake of going to check in Parliament if there are numbers in favor of the Mes. So he persuaded her not to insist and to be satisfied with a parliamentary vote in mid-July full of good intentions but without any mention of the Mes. It can be said that with his letter Zingaretti certainly moved the waters but therefore, in the pentastellato field, he only gained the consent of two parliamentarians: Primo Di Nicola and Carlo Sibilia.

The Five Stars are going through a time too complicated for you to think that an electric shock is sufficient to obtain any change of line from them. On the other hand, their interlocutors are not credible if they threaten the opening of a crisis. Reason why every warning (if we do not do this or that, we will have a bad end) appears as an empty provocation. It may seem cynical, but the only area where accommodation can be achieved is that of partitioning on Rai or appointments for public bodies. And even those are strenuous agreements.

As for the rest of the Pd and M5S policy, they show that they are not very experienced in the exercise of the art of compromise. Take the case of the regional elections scheduled for September 20, that is in less than three months. There would still be time to put ourselves in a position to avoid defeat. The center-right although divided internally – also on the Mes, as is known – has found this agreement. Pd and M5S, no. Six regions of some importance will vote, four currently led by the center-left, two by the right. If it ended three to three, it would be an honorable draw. But if – which is not impossible on paper – the right wins four (tearing two off the left), at the national level the majority of the government will suffer repercussions. Obviously, also for this reason, the Democratic Party should do everything to prevail wherever possible. And what does it do? He appeals to the Five Stars because, in the name of the struggle against the right, they opt for the vote to its candidates or, limited to Liguria, choose a common one. It does not even go to the anteroom of the brain that such an important compromise should provide for a more ambitious plan, with possible compensation for government partners. A high-level compromise, in fact. And being too late to find any five-star exponent suitable to run (and win) in a region, the only pact at the moment conceivable would be to engage with the grillini to vote for some of their mayors in the cities where they will vote ‘next year.

The historian Marco Revelli, a highly authoritative voice of the most radical left, made explicit (on the Done) this thesis: it would be appropriate, in his opinion, that the Democratic Party should consider the confirmation in Turin of Chiara Appendino and in Rome that of Virginia Raggi. At least one of the two. All in all, Appendino and Raggi do not seem to Revelli worse than many other people to whom the left has been and will be forced to give its vote. I do not think, added the historian, that the personal profiles of Appendino and Raggi are in themselves an obstacle, especially since a good slice of the Italian left has already voted for them in the ballots a few years ago. On the other hand, Pd and M5S have already made a triple somersault jumped by agreeing on the presidency of the Council of Giuseppe Conte. So? The majority forces, Revelli concludes, should immediately move in this direction and would do so if they were not paralyzed by the lack of courage and profound mental laziness.

Revelli’s idea appears bold. Very bold. Maybe too much for a left, like the Italian one, insecure and uncertain about one’s identity. In any case, whether this is the way to go or not, the time has come when not only the Gypsies but the entire leadership of the Democratic Party must choose whether the one with the Five Stars or not is a strategic alliance. If he opts for the no, he can continue to grope, taking into account the possibility that at the end of autumn (perhaps even earlier) the current fragile political balance jumps in the air and runs straight to elections in the spring. If you opt for the s, the leaders of the Democratic Party should show boldness keeping in mind that the party of Togliatti and Berlinguer was able to make more or less historic compromises with Giulio Andreotti (1976) and even with Pietro Badoglio (1944). Now it would be up to Zingaretti, coming from the school of Togliatti and Berlinguer, to make decisions that appear less demanding than those of his predecessors. Obviously we would not be sure that the people of Zingaretti would accept without indication the indication in favor of a second mandate for the mayors of Rome and Turin. But if, as the secretary never tires of repeating, when the time has come to give the union between his party and the M5S a long-term perspective, we cannot limit ourselves to urging the grillini to vote for their representatives.

If he does not want to follow Revelli’s indications, he can accept his sensible philosophy and call into question all the candidates for the regional of September, sitting at a table with the leaders of the M5S, of Italy alive, of + Europe, of Leu and of anyone who wants to defeat the opposing front. Maybe they won’t find an agreement but being seated at that table will be a regenerative experience for them. That then make appeals to unity superfluous.

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