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Left’s antidote worse than the disease?


The conventions of reformist left movements Democratici di Sinistra and La Margherita, last week, marked their De Facto fusion into the newborn Partito Democratico (PD), in what seems  like an attempt, by the moderate left, to free itself from the more radical one, represented mainly by Comunisti Italiani and Rifondazione Comunista, both left out of the new Movement. As the President of the Senate Marini declared yesterday, "Government talks will no more be held under the roof of L'Unione (the left's coalition), and the PD will be free to choose who to talk to", suggesting that the new PD could look for allies among the center political forces, marginalizing the extreme left.

Meanwhile, the electoral reform has returned to the top of the Agenda. While the Government made clear it will not formulate any ad hoc law proposal, the struggle is now between the Parliament and the bipartisan pro-referendum committee, which includes figures such as Alleanza Nazionale's Gianfranco Fini and Defense Minister Arturo Parisi. The latter will have 3 months, starting from today, to collect the 500.000 signatures required to initiate the referendum. Their success would probably represent a blow for the ruling coalition. Infact, a referendum would take away a legislative process – which promises to be slow and lumbering - from the Parliament, and thus from the majority, undermining its plan to use it to prolong the Cabinet's life.

Among the proposals on the table is a gradual raise of the electoral threshold to 5%, opposed by the small radical parties. Again, another sign of a trend oward a more and more bipolar political system, in which the center parties are likely to gain influence and play a key role at the expense of the extremist left, of whose blackmail the moderate one seems increasingly tired.

It is hard not to notice, however, that a move meant to simplify the political scene and bring some unity to an extremely fragmented left, has ended up creating new disagreement among those in the fringes of the very movements from whi the DP will be created. Left leaning Mussi (DS) and center leaning Bordon (La Margherita), for example, are both likely to privilege their need for leadership over that for unity, by creating their own parties and thus nourishing the very fragmentation the PD was supposed to be the antidote for. 



  1. Labels & makeups
    Democratic Party or else, they are at best democristians or worse: second and third hand communists!

    How can people get fooled by the change of name of those political parties! The left, with an endless changing of labels, keep Italians busy. Whatever they want to call themselves, they are recycled communists grabbing their third or fourth alias in fifteen years.

    How can a decent person that has to care for family and work can keep up with those gimmicks! Well, that’s the point: the purpose is to blur the perception of what they really are and where they come from. The more you change names, the more you create ad-hoc coalitions (mainly for seats grabbing), the more you help people reset their memory, known to be weak. Recently, a known Italian Newspaper’ Director, Vittorio Feltri, said that Italy was the only country with 2 communists parties. Well, he is wrong, they are four and maybe five! Two still keep the label, another one calls itself Green but as Helmut Kohl used to say, the core is red, they are not just mature! The fourth and fifth? Pick any Olive or enjoy a Donkey’s ride. DP? The best has to come yet… when they will elect their President. Guess what, it’s all planned, Prodi’s next job!

    Let’s resume, Communists and alike want a unique milestone in people’s memory : they freed Italy of fascism. Thereafter it is a constant “reset” and full-blown reengineering of their own dubious past. Re-labelling is cheap and seems to work quite well. If it fails ? No problem, they will always be a Berlusconi to destroy! Any one has doubts ? Miss Royal in France, lacking ideas and project turned to the Italian solution : criminalize your opponents and scare the people. Thanks God, she is out!

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